College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross Dept of Athletics
1 College Street Worcester, MA 01610
Division 1 Massachusetts Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Amanda Belichick

Amanda Belichick is currently in her sixth season at Holy Cross as the head coach of the women's lacrosse program in 2020-21. She is the sixth head coach in program history.

In the 2020 season, Belichick coached Grace Flink to rank third nationally in save percentage (.553) and a team save percentage to rank first nationally (.555).

Belichick coached Connors to her second All-Patriot League honor and led the team to its fourth-consecutive IWLCA Academic Honor Squad in the 2019 season.

In the 2018 season, Belichick coached the Crusaders to their first Patriot League playoff appearance since the 2015 season. The Crusaders finished in sixth place in the league after being picked ninth in the preseason poll. Belichick coached Connors to a first team All-Patriot League selection and placed 30 student-athletes on the 2018 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, which was the second most in the league. That same season, Belichick saw Connors shatter the single-season draw control record with 93.

Belichick coached Tess Mackay and Anna Johnson to second team All-Patriot League honors. In Belichick's first season, the Crusaders defeated Navy for only the second time in program history with a 7-6 victory. Anna Johnson earned second team All-Patriot League accolades, while the team posted 19 student-athletes to the 2016 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, which were tied for the third most in the league.

During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Belichick served as the head coach at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. She helped the Cardinals improve their national computer ranking from No. 49 in 2013 to as high as No. 17 in 2014, while facing schedules ranked in the top 20 in the nation in both 2014 and 2015.

Prior to her time at Wesleyan, Belichick spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State, where she served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. The Buckeyes were consistently ranked in the top 20 throughout her tenure, reaching a high ranking of No. 10 twice during her time in Columbus. She coached three Tewaaraton Award nominees, four IWLCA All-Americans and 11 All-American Lacrosse Conference players. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 19 in the nation in scoring offense with 219 goals and 2.88 goals per game in 2012. Also in 2012 she coach Alayna Markwordt, who ranked third in the nation in points per game (5.29) and fifth in assists per game (2.88).

Previously, Belichick spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at UMass, helping the Minutewomen win the Atlantic 10 Championship. She coached one U.S. National Team member, two IWLCA All-Americans and five All-Atlantic 10 players. She joined the UMass program after serving as head varsity girls’ lacrosse coach at Choate Rosemary Hall for two years.

Belichick earned a degree in history from Wesleyan in 2007. She was a four-year letterwinner on the Cardinals’ lacrosse team and was a team captain as a senior. Belichick tallied 47 goals and 25 assists for 72 points during her career, including a 52-point season in 2006.

Belichick is the daughter of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

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Emily D’Orsaneo

Emily D’Orsaneo is in her first season as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2022.

D’Orsaneo joins the Crusaders after enjoying a standout career at Coastal Carolina from 2017-2021. She was a first team All-Southland Conference selection in 2021, after being named All-Atlantic Sun Conference in both 2019 (first team) and 2018 (second team). D’Orsaneo also holds program career records for ground balls (144), caused turnovers (69), games played (78) and games started (78). In addition, her 41 ground balls in 2019 set a school single-season record.

A 2020 graduate of Coastal Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in biology, D’Orsaneo went on to receive her master’s degree in sports management from Coastal Carolina in 2021.

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Joelle Prata

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