The Academy of the Holy Cross’s field hockey team celebrates its undefeated season and its Octt. 27 defeat of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School for the WCAC title. The team went 9-0 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference this season.
The Academy of the Holy Cross’s field hockey team celebrates its undefeated season and its Octt. 27 defeat of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School for the WCAC title. The team went 9-0 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference this season.
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Both the field hockey and volleyball teams from Academy of the Holy Cross captured Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles last week, capping off undefeated conference seasons.

The field hockey team (13-9, 9-0) needed overtime to defeat rival Our Lady of Good Counsel 3-2 on Oct. 27 at the University of Maryland. The victory secured the Tartans' fifth consecutive conference tournament title.

The Tartans protected their 27-game conference win streak scoring twice in the game's final five minutes to force overtime. Freshman Kate Taylor scored the winning goal just under three minutes into overtime.

Senior standout Hannah Suttle watched from the sidelines because of a concussion sustained in the third game of the season but noted, "it was nice to watch them win." A four-year starter Suttle will play for Wake Forest next year.

Her teammate Gabbi Jude said the whole team "stepped up" to replace last year's graduated seniors and pitch in for injured teammates.

Caroline Clark said coming from behind in the tournament was the best moment of the season. Clark said she tried field hockey for the first time during her freshman year and over the course of four years learned "if you work hard in practice you get results."

Kelly Whelan described the championship as an "emotional roller coaster" but the whole team kept cheering and remained positive. All of the seniors felt the younger players are talented and will continue the team's winning ways in the future.

Senior Tori Elligton agreed also crediting Head Coach Jenna Ries for her ability to "change her coaching style to suit the game."

Volleyball Head Coach Dave Geiser and two seniors helped Holy Cross earn its first-ever volleyball title. The Tartans defeated Paul VI in three sets, 25-10, 25-17, 25-10 at the WCAC Tournament held Nov. 3 at Elizabeth Seton High School.

"Coach Geiser taught me the basics of the game, he taught us how to be stronger players and have more confidence," senior Taylor Gallart said. She said the volleyball program continues to improve and in his four years as coach Geiser has "really helped the team grow as players. "The senior noted that the team success is also due to their closeness. "We're all really good friends."

Gallart has been playing volleyball since fifth grade. She will play for the University of Central Florida next year, but not before celebrating the historic win for Holy Cross. The team,21-0 in the WCAC, lost a close decision in last year's finals, and vowed to return to the finals this year. "We really wanted to come back and win," Gallart added.