WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America field hockey team has been predicted to win their fourth consecutive Landmark Conference title this season. CUA topped the eight-team list with six first place votes and 67 total points.
Landmark Conference newcomers Elizabethtown were ranked second with two first place finishes and 45 points. Drew is predicted to finish in third place at 37 points.
Catholic (15-6, 4-2) returns to the field coming off a historical season with the program's first Elite Eight appearance and third consecutive Landmark Championship a year ago. Head coach Gia Cillizza returns 22 of her 24 student-athletes including All-American Maura Campbell, but will have to replace Cardinal graduate and All-American goalkeeper Megan Comunale.
Alongside All-American Maura Campbell is notable rising senior Kim Hermann. Hermann, who was named to the First Team Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region team and First Team All-Landmark, concluded the regular season ranked No. 4 in points with 32 and No. 3 in goals with 14 among her conference counterparts.
In her sixth season as the head field hockey coach, Cillizza welcome seven freshmen to the squad:
Hometown: Forest Hill, Md.
High School: North Harford
Hometown: Fairfield, N.J.
High School: West Essex
Hometown: Columbia, Md.
High School: Atholton
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
High School: Marriott's Ridge
Hometown: Fairfax Station, Va.
High School: South County
Hometown: Eagleville, Pa.
High School: Merion Mercy Academy
Hometown: Havertown, PA
High School: Cardinal O'Hara
Catholic opens the season on Friday, Aug. 29 at Randolph-Macon in Ashland, Va., at 6:00 p.m.