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Posted 03/20/2017 04:33PM

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selected Melanie McNamara ’19 to the Maryland All-State team for 2016. The All-State awards are given by the Maryland affiliate (Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer - MACS) of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the largest organization of soccer coaches in the country. Melanie is one of only six goalkeepers in the state chosen for the award.

Holy Cross recognized Melanie during the all-school assembly on Monday, March 20.

Posted 03/10/2017 12:03PM

On Thursday, March 9, Holy Cross recognized athletes who played on Winter 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.

Varsity Basketball
MVP: Madison Boyd ’17
MIP: Julia Muzzatti ’18
Tartan: Amber Onyekwere ’17

Junior Varsity Basketball            
MVP: Elizabeth Walsh ’20
MIP: Ella Torp ’19
Tartan: Caroline Ionata ’20

Varsity Dive        
MVP: Haley Rupp ’17
MIP Sofia Leusch ’19 
Tartan: Emily Schlosser ’17

Varsity Swim     
MVP: Zoe Westrick ’17
MIP: Rafaela Gutierrez ’18
Tartan: Caroline Howley ’19

Varsity Indoor Track              
MVP: Tori Kestel ’19
MIP: Mary Kolbe ’19
Tartan: Jeasmine Ebessa ’18

Varsity Pom and Cheer         
MVP: Christine Egan ’20
MIP: Maria Vitoria Da Silva ’19
Tartan: Shauneen Miranda ’18
Varsity Ice Hockey 
MVP Offense: Emma Vinal ’20
MVP Defense Katrina Hebert ’18
MIP: Megan Witt ’18
Tartan: Melina Skinner ’19

Junior Varsity Ice Hockey 
MVP Offense: Mary Schech ’17  
MVP Defense Emily Clark  ’19
MIP: Gabriella Sebastian ’18
Tartan: Isabella Fontana ’20

Posted 01/27/2017 04:22PM


Congratulations to the Holy Cross Indoor Track and Field team, who won second place at the Montgomery County Private Schools Championship on Tuesday, January 24 at Georgetown Prep High School. 

Posted 01/25/2017 01:24PM

The Holy Cross Swim and Dive team came in second place overall in the National Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships held Saturday-Sunday, January 21-22 at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. The team is currently undefeated in the WMPSSDL.

Holy Cross competed against 19 schools from Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The Tartans took the top spots in the 1 Meter 6 Dives with Emily Schlosser ’17 in first place, Abigail Malone ’20 in second place, Helena Orrego ’18 in third place, and Kaila Burgess ’20 in fifth place. Additionally, Madison Kelly ’17 came in first place in the 200 Free Swim. Special recognition was given to Holy Cross coaches Kit Mathews and Beth Hagler, who were named top coaches of the meet.

Emily Schlosser ’17 and Madison Kelly ’17 took first place spots.

Posted 01/03/2017 01:06PM

The Tartan Varsity Basketball team were the champions of the 2016 Bobcat Classic that took place December 28-30, 2016, in Hilton Head, SC. The tournament was hosted by Bluffton High School and included 16 teams (eight boys, eight girls) from both private and public high schools. This is the first time Holy Cross has participated in this event. During the trip the Tartans also participated in team-building activities, including attending the University of Maryland vs. University of Connecticut basketball game.

The Tartans played against Eagle’s Landing High School (McDonough, GA) in the championship game and emerged victorious with a 42-40 final score. Margareth Tchoufa ’17 was named MVP of the championship game and Madison Boyd ’17 was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Holy Cross Coach John Witherspoon says that the team enjoyed their time together and formed a stronger bond that will help them with the remainder of their season. 

Read an article about the tournament here.

Posted 12/16/2016 02:05PM

The Washington Post Fall 2016 All-Met teams include four Holy Cross athletes.

First Team – Emily Ryan ’17
Honorable Mention – Jade Parchment ’18

Honorable Mention – Samantha Ferguson ’18, Melanie McNamara ’19,

See the full listing here.

Posted 11/18/2016 04:49PM

On Wednesday, November 16, Holy Cross recognized athletes who played on Fall Sports teams. Each coach presented Most Valuable Player, Most Improved, 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.



Cross Country:      
MVP: Grace Tarbrake ’17
Most Improved: Theresa Rogers ‘17
Tartan: Natalie Walsh ’17

Junior Varsity Field Hockey:
MVP: Katherine Rose ’20
Most Improved: Kylie Draddy ’19
Tartan: Isabella Fontana ’20

Varsity Field Hockey:  
MVP: Sydney Bruno ’18
Most Improved: Jennifer Olcott ’19
Tartan: Carmen DiPippo ’17

Freshman Soccer:
MVP: Meghan Monahan ’20
Most Improved: Natalie Young ’20
Tartan: Fiona Sheridan ’20

Junior Varsity Soccer:
MVP: Caroline Ionata ’20
Most Improved: Lucy Young ’19
Tartan: Melina Skinner ’19

Varsity Soccer:
MVP: Caroline Case ’17
Most Improved: Samantha Slark ’19
Tartan: Rebecca Enger ’18

MVP: Dorothy Mesmer ’17
Most Improved: Mary Rowedder ’18
Tartan: Caroline Murphy ’17

Junior Varsity Volleyball:
MVP: Sasha Carmona ’20
Most Improved: Eleasa Woodson ’19
Tartan: Claire Coyle ’19

Varsity Volleyball
MVP: Emily Ryan ’17
Most Improved: Alejandra Serrano ’20
Tartan: Jessica Falcinelli ’17 

Posted 11/16/2016 06:24PM

Emily Ryan, Grace McCrery, Madison Kelly, and Kelly Horning
sign letters to play DI sports in college.

Four Class of 2017 student athletes participated in the National Letter of Intent day on Wednesday, November 16, by officially signing to play sports at NCAA Division I colleges. The entire school gathered for a special ceremony attended by the students’ coaches and family members as well.

Kelly Horning ’17 has signed to play Division I Lacrosse at Fairfield University next year. Kelly has been a dedicated player on the Holy Cross Varsity Lacrosse team in years on the team. Besides playing Lacrosse at Holy Cross, Kelly also plays for a local area club team. In her spare time, Kelly has also been a volunteer lacrosse coach for both the Winners Lacrosse program and the Potomac Power team. Kelly is ecstatic to be playing as a Stag next year!

Madison Kelly ’17 has signed to Swim at the Division I level at Saint Louis University next year. She has been on the Academy’s Swim and Dive team since she was a freshman and was named MVP in her freshman year. In her sophomore year, Madison helped lead the team to an impressive second place overall finish in the Washington Metropolitan Private School Swimming and Diving League Championships and second place in the National Catholic Championship; Madison individually finished second in the 500 Free. Madison has led the team as captain as well. She also is a volunteer coach outside of school for the Manor Country Club. Madison is thrilled to be a part of the team as a Biliken next year!

Grace McCrery ’17 has signed to play Division I Lacrosse at Old Dominion University (ODU). Grace has been a member of the Holy Cross Varsity Lacrosse team since her freshman year and has been a strong attack player on the team. In her junior year, Grace was named to the 2016 WCAC All-Conference Third Team. Grace is looking forward to playing lacrosse at ODU next year and being a member of the “Big Blue” community!

Emily Ryan ’17 has signed to play Division I Volleyball at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Emily has been a member of the Academy’s Varsity Volleyball team since her freshman year and helped lead the team to four consecutive WCAC Championships in her time here. She was the captain of the team this year. Emily has earned many accolades in her career in volleyball including WCAC All-Conference First and Third Teams, honorable mention in the All-Met honors and Prep Volleyball’s Top 50 Juniors. Recently, Emily was named MaxPreps Player of the Week, an honor she also received in her junior year. Emily is looking forward to being a part of the Bruins community next year!

In April, Holy Cross will hold a second Signing Ceremony to honor all additional DI, DII and DIII commits.

DI Athletes with family members, coaches, and
Athletic Director Lisa Schrader

Posted 11/15/2016 08:50AM

Emily Ryan ’17 was selected for the MaxPreps Volleyball Player of the Week in Maryland for the week of October 31-November 6, 2016. During the all-school assembly on Monday, November 14, Emily was recognized and presented with a certificate and patch.

Emily was recently recognized as a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) All-Conference First Team player for volleyball.

MaxPreps is an online recognition website for high school sports. The goal of the website is to cover every team, every game and every player by partnering with nearly 100,000 varsity coaches throughout the United States.

Emily Ryan ’17 with Athletic Director Lisa Schrader
and Varsity Volleyball Head Coach Dave Geiser

Posted 11/06/2016 08:58AM

On Saturday, November 5, the Tartan Volleyball team defeated Bishop O’Connell in five sets to win their fifth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship. The Tartans had lost to O’Connell twice during the regular season. The Washington Post, noted that Coach Dave Geiser “wasn’t worried.” “We have this,” the coach told his team between sets. “We’re the better team. We’re going to win.”

The final scores for the 3-2 victory were 25-10, 21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 15-8.

Read The Washington Post story here

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