Holy Cross Welcomes 10 Freshmen to the Lacrosse Program

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head coach Stephanie Ridolfi has announced the 2013-2014 freshman class for the Crusaders. Natalie Colonna (Montgomery, N.J.), Hannah Dinardo (Weston, Mass.), Elizabeth Furman (Garden City, N.Y.), Avery Giorgio (Madison Conn.), Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.), Mary Patalita (Alexandria, Va.), Lauren Raffensperger (Bethesda, Md.), Maddy Smith (Menands, N.Y.), Mary Kate Vanecko (Chicago, Ill.) and Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.) have joined the Holy Cross program in the 2013-2014 academic year.

"We are very excited to welcome 10 freshmen to our team and to campus.," said Ridolfi. "They are a large group and a very diverse group. These student-athletes all have the potential to bring something special to this team and this fall we will be giving them the opportunity to do so. They are aware of what it means to be on the lacrosse team and they want the team to be as successful as possible in their four years here. I expect us to utilize many of their talents this year and for them to really make the team faster, stronger and smarter."

Name                  Pos.   Ht.   Hometown/High School
Natalie Colonna A 5-3 Montgomery, N.J./Montgomery
Hannah Dinardo A/M 5-1 Weston, Mass./Weston
Elizabeth Furman D 5-6 Garden City, N.Y./Garden City
Avery Giorgio M 5-8 Madison Conn./Hamden Hall Country Day
Tess MacKay A 5-6 Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury
Mary Patalita A 5-7 Alexandria, Va./Georgetown Visitation Prep
Lauren Raffensperger D 5-7 Bethesda, Md./Bullis
Maddy Smith D 5-3 Menands, N.Y./Shaker
Mary Kate Vanecko G 5-8 Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy
Maddie Ward M 5-5 Norwell, Mass./Norwell

Natalie Colonna
Four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at Montgomery High School under coach Tiffany Trockenbrod ... team captain senior year ... scored 107 career goals and tallied 62 career assists including 62 goals and 25 assists in 2013 ... named team MVP in 2013 ... named to the Skyland Conference All-Star first team in 2013 ... named All-Area and All-Conference in 2013 ... named to the 2013 New Jersey Senior All-Star team ... named to the Courier News All-Area team in 2013 and to the All-Princeton Packet team in 2013 ... also lettered in field hockey for four years under coach Trockenbrod ... named senior captain ... named 2012 Princeton Packet Player of the Year ... also played club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal New Jersey under coach Trockenbrod ... earned the President's Award for educational excellence.

Hannah Dinardo
Four-year member and three-year starter of the varsity lacrosse team at Weston High School under head coach Rebecca Reed ... named team captain senior year ... team was Dual County League champions and North Sectional finalists in 2010 and 2011...three-year member of the field hockey team under head coach Laura Galopim ... named team captain senior year ... team was Dual County League champions from 2009 to 2012 and North Sectional finalists in 2012 ... also played club lacrosse for the Evolution under head coach Rebecca Reed.

Elizabeth Furman
Three-year member of the varsity lacrosse team at Garden City High School under coach Diane Chapman ... team captain senior year ... earned All-County honors ... team won the state championship, the county championship and the Island championship in 2011 and 2012 ... named team's Unsung Hero and earned the Team Player Award ... also lettered in field hockey for four seasons under coach Chapman ... team won the county championship and the Island championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... played club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets (blue) under coach Danielle Skakandi ... club team won the U15 2010 national championship and Lax For A Cure championship in 2012 ... member of Spanish Honor Society.

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