Exciting news came to the Holy Cross field hockey program this past weekend, as they found out they are the number three seed in the Patriot League Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held at Boston University on November 4-6. This marks the first time that field hockey has made the tournament in 10 years.
After the second half of their game against BU was delayed and ultimately ended in a loss, the Crusaders had to wait to see if Lehigh University would fall to Lafayette University to find out if they would make it to the postseason. On Friday night, the team received the news that Lafayette beat Lehigh and that they would be heading to the tournament.
“After our loss against BU, we had nothing to do but wait,” explains junior defender Sammy Gjeltema. “We were really hoping our hard work would pay off, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that it did. We had our ups and downs this season, and it is an unbelievable feeling to have all the work we put in all fall to culminate in making Patriot’s. I can’t wait for us to play American on Friday.”
Captain Maureen Connolly echoes her teammate’s sentiment. “Making Patriots for the first time in a decade is a true testament to our hard work this season. We’ve come together so well as a team which has helped us win some big games, so to be able to go to PLC with this group is amazing.”
The tournament will be hosted by the number one seed, Boston University, which Sammy Gjeltema says she thinks is a good thing for the Crusaders. “It is awesome that we won’t need to stay in a hotel and that we’ll be playing close to home. American is a really strong team, but knowing how well we’ve done this season gives us a lot of confidence. We’ll take what we learned during our regular season game against the Eagles, and be ready to go on Friday.”
Watch the Crusaders take on American in the first Patriot League weekend appearance since 2006 on Friday, November 4 at 4:00 p.m.