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Posted 10/14/2017 02:30PM

Coach Katie Triplin is thrilled to join The Academy of the Holy Cross athletics program as the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach. Coach Triplin has coached lacrosse at both the high school and club levels in the Washington metropolitan area. She played Division I lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University from 2005 through 2008, where she was a three-year defensive starter and earned academic honors. Coach Triplin grew up in Lutherville, MD, attending Maryvale Preparatory School as a three-sport athlete. Following graduation, she pursued a career in Procurement with the Federal Government, while also earning an MBA from The University of Maryland Smith School of Business. She lives in Kensington with her husband Anthony, and three-year-old son Alex.

Posted 07/03/2017 11:00AM

Over 160 student athletes participated in the 2017 Summer Sports Camps in June. The program for girls in grades 4-10 included camps for basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The camps were coached by Holy Cross coaching staff assisted by student athletes. Players worked to develop and strengthen their individualized skill sets. At the end of each of the one-week sessions, the groups had fun playing on a homemade water slide.

Posted 06/12/2017 05:51PM

Debbie Brown, Holy Cross Onyx Club moderator and Director of Human Resources, is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers program. More than 100 student-athletes featured in the “Big 12 Champions for Life” campaign have been given the opportunity to recognize a teacher who made a lasting impact during their academic journey.

Alumna Lanay Montgomery ’12, who is one of the “Big 12 Champions for Life” student-athletes nominated Debbie for the award. In her nomination, Lanay wrote, “She had a great impact on my high school transition. With the help of Ms. Brown, I grew to love and learn a lot about my alma mater!” In addition to moderating the Onyx Club, Debbie is a passionate Holy Cross basketball supporter and fan. She remarked, “I am extremely honored and appreciative of this recognition. Lanay is a wonderful young lady and I have been so proud of her accomplishments at West Virginia University. I look forward to her continued success in the WNBA.” 

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby noted, “One of our goals with this initiative is to tell the often-overlooked stories of our student athletes. A huge part of these stories are the teachers and coaches who have helped our student-athletes grow as individuals and have left a lasting, positive impact.”

Debbie will designate the grant to support technology assistance in the classroom.

Posted 05/24/2017 10:00AM

The Academy presented the Coach Sheahan Excellence Award to Jeasmine Ebessa ’18 on Tuesday, May 23, during the Underclass Awards Ceremony. The award, given as a surprise to the recipient, is named after the late Bill Sheahan, who coached the Academy’s basketball team to its 115-game winning streak and enjoyed a 27-year relationship with the Academy. This is the fifth year for the award that is presented to a rising senior who exemplifies the values that Coach Sheahan ascribed to in his own life and coaching style: A Christ-centered life, a devotion to family, a conscientious student, a leader and person of integrity and commitment who is loyal to herself, her school, and her community. The award includes a scholarship towards tuition.

Jeasmine was nominated by Outdoor Track and Field Coach Bryan Hoffman who wrote, “[Jeasmine] is a wonderful individual to coach and her personal and family values show true with each action she takes.  Her faith is important to her and guides the decisions she makes. Her teammates look up to her and my entire coaching staff is amazed at what she can accomplish when she takes the lead. If something needs to be done, there is no hesitation in asking her to manage it and we know that it will not only be done on time, but correctly.”

Athletic Director Lisa Schrader announced the award and included a remark from last year’s recipient, Jessica Falcinelli ’17, who noted how special it was to receive the award.

Posted 05/24/2017 09:45AM
Holy Cross received WCAC All-Conference Recognition and honored athletes on Spring Sports teams.

Holy Cross received recognition for the 2017 WCAC All-Conference Teams in Lacrosse and Golf.

WCAC Lacrosse Girls’ All-Conference Teams

First Team: Alexandra Bruno ’19 (Attack), Kelly Horning ’17 (Midfielder)

Third Team: Samantha Galvin ’20 (Defense), Megan McCormick ’18 (Midfielder), Ashlyn McDonald ’19 (Defense), Mary Muldoon ’18 (Midfielder),

Honorable Mention: Grace McCreary ’17

2017 WCAC Golf All-Conference Teams

Honorable Mention: Kiara Beckham ’18

On Thursday, May 18, Holy Cross recognized athletes who played on Spring Sports teams. Each coach presented Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and Tartan awards during the main program and gave individuals recognition in breakout gatherings. The event is organized by the Athletic Director Lisa Schrader and the Holy Cross Athletics Office.

MVP Elizabeth Parker ’17
MIP Athena Armstrong ’20
Tartan Alexandra Kennedy ’17

JV Golf:
MVP Katy Beall ’19
MIP Lauren Lynch ’20
Tartan Brooke Andrews ’20

Varsity Golf:
MVP Megan Witt ’18
MIP Kylie Draddy ’19
Tartan Lauren O'Leary ’17

JV Lacrosse:
MVP Aidan Mooney ’19  
MIP Emily Clark ’19
Tartan Julia Calandra ’19

Varsity Lacrosse:
MVP Kelly Horning ’17
MIP Madeline Dent ’18
Tartan Mikaela Mooney ’17

JV Softball:      
MVP Grace Allston ’20
MIP Nya Stanley ’19
Tartan Rose Weisgerber ’20

Varsity Softball:
MVP Julianna Renzi ’17
MIP Emma Nalls ’20
Tartan Claire Coyle ’19

Track and Field:
MVP Jeasmine Ebessa ’18
MIP Tori Kestel ’19
Tartan Sydney Bruno ’18


Posted 05/18/2017 10:14AM

On Friday, May 12, The Academy of the Holy Cross hosted the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 and Dominica Groom ’00 received the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Award. The members of the 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams and their coaches, Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and Ali Yagci were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The event was attended by friends, family and fellow classmates of the alumnae being recognized.

In 1985 Karen Schmelzer Jacobsen ’81 has dedicated her life to serving those in need. She first worked as a social worker for Covenant House serving runaway and homeless youth. Then she and her husband Kerry became live-in caregivers for 23 boys ages 6-21 at a residential school for children with intellectual disabilities in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In 1995 Karen and Kerry began working for The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh as direct support professionals. Emmaus is a faith-based non-profit that provides permanent residential homes and community-based services for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. At Emmaus, people with and without disabilities break bread with one another, recognizing the beauty, the dignity and the gifts that each person has to share. Karen served in many capacities at Emmaus before becoming executive director in 2008. She is extremely active in the cause for people with developmental disabilities. Karen was nominated by classmate Kathleen Burgess Clark who spoke abou how Karen’s life has been a testimony to the Holy Cross mission. During her speech, Karen remarked about how proud she was that Holy Cross has grown the Moreau Options Program.

Dominica Groom ’00 is the senior director for Global Sustainability and Supplier Diversity at Marriott International. She has been instrumental in leading the company to elevated supplier diversity success and global recognition, including generating increased opportunities for diverse-owned businesses across Marriott’s global portfolio of 30 brands. She actively volunteers across various non-governmental organizations, including serving in various board and leadership capacities. Dominica also leads recycling and waste reduction efforts to support Marriott’s global sustainability platform. Dominica was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Women” in the state of Maryland by The Daily Record. She was named as one of the top “Leading Women,” under the age of 40, in the state of Maryland and was also named a “Top Influential Leader in Diversity” by the National Association for Minority Companies. Dominica was nominated by classmate Megan Hendon Harbold ’00 who shared from many of her fellow Class of 2000 Ladies of the Academy about the impact Dominica has had in their lives.

The Academy of the Holy Cross’ 2004 and 2005 Tennis teams exhibited a mark of superiority with the WCAC Finalist and Championship titles. In the 2004 season the Tartans compiled a 9-2 record under coach Suzy Ornstein-Fleming and captured the second-place spot in the WCAC. Angela Fuccillo ’06 was named First Team All-Gazette in 2004 and Courtney Radcliff ’06 received All-Gazette Honorable Mention. In 2005, the team completed their season with a 14-0 record, winning six of nine matches in the championship finals. Angela and Maria Fuccillo ’09 were named First Team All-Gazette in 2005 in both the Singles and Doubles category. Angela remarked on the closeness and supportiveness of the teams. She noted that tennis can appear to be an individual sport, but that the importance of the team is what certainly helped the Tartans achieve the title.

2004-2005 Tennis Teams:
Brittany Bigelow ’05
Melanie Concordia ’07
Kelsey Daniels Glading ’06
Grace Ellis ’06
Angela Fuccillo ’06
Maria Fuccillo ’09
Samantha Hopkins ’09
Bridget Kerner ’07
Colleen McNish ’06
Alicia Migliorini ’06
Lindsey Monroe ’06
Tina Pappas Cron ’05
Courtney Radcliff ’06
Mary-Kate Rasa ’05
Kathryn Sturm ’08
Carly Yoo ’08

Posted 05/04/2017 07:57AM

The Tartan Crew team took second place in the Women’s First Varsity 4+ at the Maryland State Championship in Chestertown, MD on Sunday, April 30. The boat included Catherine Kiyonaga ’19 (stroke), Erin Hicks ’17 (3 seat), Emma Falkenstein ’17 (2 seat), Elizabeth Girard ’17 (Bow), and Jessica Snowden ’17 (coxswain).

Posted 05/04/2017 07:56AM

The Holy Cross Track and Field team participated in the Penn Relays on Thursday-Friday, April 27-28 at the University of Pennsylvania. The event is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually since April 21, 1895.

Holy Cross had great results this year!

The 4x100m Relay Team (Jeasmine Ebessa ’18, Kierra Marshall ’20, Amy Mortensen ’17, Tori Kestel ’19) had a finish time of 50.96 finishing 80th of 350 teams. This is the first time the Tartans have placed in the top 100 and the top 25% of all the high school teams competing. This is the fastest time in Holy Cross history since 1988, missing the all-time school record by .06 seconds. An incredible accomplishment!

Posted 04/26/2017 06:45PM
West Virginia University center will play for the Seattle Storm.

Congratulations to Lanay Montgomery ’12, who has been selected to play for the WNBA Seattle Storm. As a center at West Virginia University, Lanay finished her college career with 937 rebounds (7.1 rpg), 855 points (6.5 ppg) and 330 blocks (2.5 bpg). She is a two-year member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. The West Virginia Mountaineers website quoted her, “It is truly an honor to have my name called at the WNBA Draft. I started playing basketball my freshman of year of high school; and now to be drafted is an amazing feeling.” Her coach, Mike Carey was also quoted, “There is no one more deserving of this moment than Lanay Montgomery. With her tremendous work ethic, Lanay has made great strides in her five years at West Virginia University. We are very proud of her accomplishments and I wish her the best of luck in Seattle.”

See full article here.

At Holy Cross, Lanay was a three-star prospect who was named to the WCAC All-Conference first team her sophomore and junior seasons. She was named second team All-Met, MVP of the holiday tournament and most improved player in her junior year. She averaged 14.5 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 blocks per game totaling 463 points, 278 rebounds and 88 blocks her junior season.

Photo courtesy of West Virginia University.

Posted 04/26/2017 06:20PM

During a special assembly on Monday, April 24, seven Class of 2017 athletes were recognized for committing to play a sport next year in college. This is the second recognition of students in the Class of 2017 with a total of 11 athletes committing to play college-level sports.

Lizanne Passaro ’17 will be continuing her swimming career at Mount St. Mary’s University. Lizanne loves the water and loves swimming, especially when she gets to teach young children how to swim. She is a lifeguard during the summers and takes her job seriously. She has translated her love of swimming to her favorite day of the year, the Race for the Cure, a three-mile open water swim whose proceeds go to research at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center. When she's not in the water, she's been a pivotal member of Campus Ministry.  

Dorothy “Dori” Mesmer ’17 will complete for Virginia Tech's DI tennis team. She has been a member of the varsity tennis team here at Holy Cross and has been the captain for the last two years, elected by her peers. Voted by her coach as the MVP over two different seasons, Dori is dominant on the court. Off the court, Dori is a member of the Young Conservatives club and she has also been a leader in the Tartan Spirit and Booster club, and she puts her tennis skills to good use as an instructor for the Special Olympics.

Next year, Amy Mortensen ’17 will be competing for the varsity soccer team at Rollins College. Amy has been a standout player on the Holy Cross soccer team, has played for several travel teams and has competed internationally. While soccer is her true love, she also participates as a student ambassador, coaches younger children, and is a beloved camp counselor. 

Jessica Falcinelli ’17 will be continuing her volleyball career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she will be studying aeronautical science, (as well as possibly double majoring or minoring in astronomy, or minoring in meteorology)This 2016 recipient of “The Coach Sheahan Excellence Award” and All-WCAC Volleyball Honorable Mention recipient has earned accolades here for her leadership on the Volleyball and Ice Hockey teams, her involvement in a vast array of extracurricular activities, her deep dedication to her Catholic faith and her commitment to her family, and her strong academic record.

Gianna Carmona ’17 has been a standout on our varsity volleyball team here at Holy Cross and she will take her talents with her next year to Frostburg State University. For four years, Gianna has been part of our WCAC league championship volleyball team and as a senior, earned herself WCAC Honorable Mention recognition. She was named MVP by her coaches in Freshman year in both basketball and volleyball. When she's not competing on our court, Gianna can be found playing for her club team or as an integral member of the Onyx Club. 

Emma Falkenstein ’17 will continue her rowing career at the Hobart & William Smith Colleges where she will also major in International Relations. At Holy Cross, Emma has been a competitive rower and swimmer, and she leads and encourages her teammates as captain of both teams. Emma is also a prized student ambassador, an advisory rep for Student Council and an active member of our Girl Up! organization.

Amber Onyekwere ’17 will be playing basketball next year for the Salisbury University Seagulls. As senior Captain of the Holy Cross team, Amber has led her teammates on and off the court. She received the Tartan Award in both Junior and Senior year from her team coaches. Also a lector at her church, a Student Ambassador, and a member of many other student organizations here, she's excited to take her talents to the next level. 

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