Billy Fitzpatrick ’20
Chief Sports Editor
In our last issue of the semester, let’s take a look at how Holy Cross teams have been faring in competition as they wind down their seasons…
The Holy Cross Women’s Lacrosse team (4-12 overall, 2-7 Patriot League) concluded its season last Friday with a loss to #9 Loyola (Md.). Two seniors (Molly Pfaff and Baker Earl) scored for the Crusaders on their senior night, while junior Bryn Carroll added the third HC goal, her 26th of the season. Senior attacker Keely Connors was named to second team All-Patriot League, the second All-Patriot League selection of her career after earning first team honors as a junior. This year, Connors recorded 31 points on 26 goals and five assists, bringing her career totals to 95 points on 80 goals and 15 assists. She finishes her career as the all-time program leader in draw controls with 236. Congratulations on a fantastic career!
The Holy Cross softball team (10-32 overall, 2-11 Patriot League) concludes its season this weekend with a three-game series at home against Lafayette. Season highlights include splitting a two-game series against Boston College and sweeping a two-game set against Rhode Island in recent weeks. Senior outfielder Jackie Brewster was named the 2018-2019 Crusader of the Year by the Holy Cross Varsity Club. The prestigious annual award goes to a senior who has made great contributions athletically, academically, and in the HC community. The accounting major who boasts a 3.95 GPA also serves as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is active in the Chaplains’ Office programming. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor, Jackie!
Women’s Track and Field
Before the Crusaders host the Patriot League Championships this weekend in Worcester, let’s recognize some great performances by HC track and field athletes so far this outdoor season. Last Saturday, Holy Cross placed second out of 12 teams at Stonehill College’s Skyhawk Invite behind several first-place finishes and Eastern College Athletic Conference(ECAC)-qualifying times. At the Holy Cross Invitational, senior Lauren Rasmus set a school record in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.48. Senior sprinter Alexandra Curtin was recently named the recipient of the 2018-2019 Holy Cross Varsity Club’s John A. Meegan Athletic Achievement Award, given to any athlete in a sport other than football, baseball, and basketball who has exhibited outstanding achievement over his/her college career.
Men’s Track and Field
Like the Women’s team, the Holy Cross Men’s Track and Field team has produced many great accomplishments this outdoor season. Senior hurdler Brandon Thornhill lowered his own school record in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 14.42 seconds, which qualifies him for the prestigious IC4A Championship in Princeton, New Jersey, later this month. Sophomore Michael Pichay broke his own outdoor school record in the triple jump at the Tiger Class at Auburn University with a leap of 48 feet and four inches. Sophomore Gabe Piepergerdes set a personal best in the 400 meter hurdles at the Holy Cross Invitational with a IC4A-qualifying time of 52.94 seconds. Best of luck to all Crusaders this weekend!
The HC Men’s Golf team placed seventh out of eight teams this past weekend in the Patriot League Championship at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, New York. In his last collegiate competition, senior Joe Egan finished tied for ninth to lead the Crusaders, shooting four-over-par over three rounds. His final round score of 70 (two-under-par) tied for the third-best round of the Championship. His efforts earned him second team All-Patriot League honors. Earlier in April, Egan won ckSmithSuperior Crusader of the Week honors for his performance at the Rhode Island Invitational, where he shot a six-under-par 66, the lowest score by a Crusader in over 15 years. Congratulations to Egan on an accomplished career!
The Crusaders have competed in four tournaments this spring season, culminating in a sixth place finish in the Patriot League Championship held on Easter Weekend at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Virginia. A trio of Crusaders (junior Maddy Belden, sophomore Emily Rodricks, and sophomore Kit Mullen) placed 31st, 32nd, and 33rd, respectively to lead HC. They started the season over spring break with two tournaments in Daytona Beach, Fl., before placing sixth out of seven at the Sacred Heart Invitational in early April.
The Holy Cross women’s tennis team’s season came to an end last week with a loss to Lafayette in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders responded to a season-opening seven-game losing streak by ratting off four straight victories in April to gain some momentum heading into the postseason. However, the Leopards won the contest quickly by claiming two of three doubles matches and getting three wins in the singles competitions. Congratulations to sophomore Jenna Tubby on being named a 2019 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar by Diversity: Issues in Higher Education magazine.
Much like the women’s team, the HC men’s tennis team got off to a slow start this spring, but rebounded with a handful of wins in April. However, they also lost in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament to Lafayette. Senior Henry Harrs won his singles match to earn the lone Holy Cross point in the contest.