Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament Quarterfinals Preview

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Holy Cross' Sara Hennessey
Holy Cross' Sara Hennessey

April 21, 2014

Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Central | Patriot League Network

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The 2014 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament features three rounds in five days, and it all begins with the quarterfinals on Tuesday as No. 6 seed Lehigh visits No. 3 Boston University at 4 p.m. and No. 5 Colgate heads to No. 4 Holy Cross at 5 p.m.

The winners advance to the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament on Thursday, hosted by top-seed Loyola University Maryland at Ridley Athletic Complex. The lower-seeded quarterfinal team will play the Greyhounds at 5 p.m., with the higher-seeded quarterfinal winner taking on No. 2 seed Navy at 7:30 p.m. The Patriot League Championship will be held at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m.

All games of the tournament will be available live on Patriot League Network, with Campus Insiders producing the broadcast for the semifinals and championship.

It is the first quarterfinal round in the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament as the field expanded to six teams this season with Loyola and Boston University joining the League.

The third-seed Terriers (7-9) finished at 5-3 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross (6-11), Colgate (7-8) and Lehigh (7-8) all went 4-4 in League action. The Crusaders beat both the Raiders and Mountain Hawks during the season to earn the No. 4 seed.

The quarterfinal games feature rematches of two very competitive regular-season contests. Holy Cross beat Colgate 10-9 at home on March 8 as Sara Hennessey scored the game-winner with 6:31 to go, while Lehigh won 12-11 in double overtime at Boston University on April 5 with a game-winning goal from Allison LaBeau.

While Boston University plays in its first League Tournament in its inaugural season, the other three quarterfinal squads all have experience in the event. Holy Cross has made it to the last two Patriot League title games, and won the League title in 2006 and 2007. The Crusaders are in the tournament for the eighth time. Colgate matches Navy with four League Tournament titles, most recently coming in consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009. The Raiders have made 13 of the 14 Patriot League Tournaments, and are back in the field after missing for the only time last season. Lehigh searches for its first League Tournament title as it plays in the event for the eighth time and first since 2011.

For more information, visit Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Central