Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Preview

Jackie Hart

Sports Editor

The Holy Cross Women’s Lacrosse team returns to action after finishing 7-10 in 2017, which included thrilling wins over New Hampshire and Ohio State. Junior Baker Earl returns after a strong season of 19 points, which included 15 goals and four assists. Junior Jessi Button will look to hold down the defense, along with senior Julia Maloney returning in goal after ending 2017 with 146 saves, making her 279 career saves eighth all-time in program history. Button and Maloney will captain the team, along with senior Kerianne Moran.

Molly Pfaff, Junior, #23

  1. Hometown – Long Beach, New York
  2. Major – English
  3. Position – Attack
  4. What are looking forward to most about this season? – Getting into Patriot League play and hopefully making an appearance in the Patriot League tournament.
  5. What’s the best part about Holy Cross Women’s Lacrosse? – Being on a team where everyone gets along so well, being able to laugh and have a good time together through practice; lift and traveling are definitely the best parts of being a part of our team.
  6. What are your pre-game rituals? – Have Riley Bergholtz braid my hair and listen to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Lion King soundtrack
  7. Who is the teammate that makes you laugh the most? – Julia Insani, #37
  8. What is your favorite memory of HCWL? – Beating Ohio State last year over spring break
  9. How do you feel about Saturday’s season opener at Fairfield? – So excited to play our first game and finally start real competition.  We beat them in season last year and are definitely hoping to get a win for our season opener!

The Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse team is coming off a historic 2017 season, earning four Patriot League regular-season wins, scoring a berth in the Patriot League tournament for the second year in a row and defeating Navy in the quarterfinals for their first ever Patriot League tournament win. Senior Logan LeBlond and sophomore Sean Mullaney are looking to lead the offense after earning 11 and 10 points respectively last season, while sophomore Jonathan Tesoro will anchor the defense in goal. The Crusaders return four seniors, LeBlond, Henry Lilly, Rich Palazzese and Jake Maruna, who will look to make their last season their best.

Will Murphy, Junior, #9

  1. Hometown – Medfield, MA
  2. Major – Economics
  3. Position – Long Stick Midfield.
  4. What are looking forward to most about this season? – After losing to Loyola in the Patriot League Semifinals last season, I am eager to make a run for the championship come May.
  5. What’s the best part about Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse? – teammates. Since transferring here in the fall of my sophomore year, I have been able to create so many lifelong friendships with the guys on the team. Love them and can’t wait to get after it this season.
  6. What are your pre-game rituals? – “Shoot to Thrill” by AC/DC on repeat.
  7. Who is the teammate that makes you laugh the most? – I know he will probably disagree and claim he’s not that funny but Henry Lilly.
  8. What is your favorite memory of HCML? – Beating Navy in the playoffs last season.
  9. How do you feel about Saturday’s season opener at Providence? – I’m really excited. It should be a good test for us. Everyone has been working hard since being back on campus and we are excited to compete against one of the top teams in the country this weekend.

On Saturday, February 10, the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team will be traveling to Fairfield in their season opener at 3 p.m., as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team visits Providence for their season opener at 1 pm. You can follow along both games by visiting GoHolyCross.com for live stats and video.

 

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