Sara Hennessey scored the game-winning goal in the final minute as Holy Cross beat Lafayette 8-7 on Saturday.
April 21, 2012
Center Valley, Pa. - The last spot in the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament came down to the final game of the regular season on Saturday evening, and it was American that snagged the berth by virtue of Holy Cross scoring in the final minute to record an 8-7 win over Lafayette.
Navy, which clinched the top seed and outright regular-season title last week, will host the event which begins on Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The No. 1 seed Mids will take on No. 4 American at 5 p.m., followed by No. 3 Holy Cross squaring off with No. 2 Colgate at 7:45 p.m. The winners meet in the Patriot League Championship on Sunday at 12 p.m.
Two-time defending champion Navy will host the tournament for the first time, as the Mids completed the first undefeated Patriot League campaign since 2007 when they defeated Lehigh 14-4 on Saturday. Navy will be the fifth team in the last six seasons to host the Patriot League Tournament. The Mids are making their fifth consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance, tied for the third-longest streak in League history. Navy is vying to become the first team to win the League Tournament in three consecutive seasons.
Colgate has made the Patriot League Tournament in each of the 12 seasons the event has been held beginning in 2001. Colgate previously won the League Tournament in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009, and has five Patriot League titles to its credit. The Raiders fell to Navy in last year's championship game.
Holy Cross will play in the Patriot League Tournament for the sixth time, and second in the past three seasons. The Crusaders won the League Tournament crown at home in both 2006 and 2007.
American is in the Patriot League Tournament for the ninth time in its 11 seasons in the conference, and second consecutive year. The Eagles won their lone title in 2003.