December 20, 2010

Landmark Conference names Grumbein Senior Scholar Athlete

WASHINGTON – After collecting every possible award for her on-field play during the 2010 season, Liz Grumbein picked up one for her off the field performance on Monday as she was named the Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete for the sport of field hockey.  Grumbein is one of just six fall sport student-athletes from the entire conference selected for this award.

A committee of Landmark Conference officers, athletic directors and sports information directors selected the recipients, choosing one senior from each of the fall sports sponsored by the conference.  The honorees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better and are selected based on their accomplishments in all areas of college life, including athletics, academics and other extracurricular activities. 

Grumbein's selection gives CUA two of the last three winners in the sport of field hockey after Ro Dixon claimed the award in 2008.

Grumbein had a spectacular senior season for CUA, as she earned All-American, All-Region and All-Conference accolades.  For her career, she is a two time All-Region honoree, including first team honors in 2010, a two-time first team All-Landmark Conference selection and she was named the 2010 conference Player of the Year.

In addition, Grumbein was selected to play in this year's NFHCA Division III Senior Game and she was honored as the ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading the Cardinals to their first-ever ECAC championship.

A biology major, Grumbein scored one goal and handed out an assist for the Cardinals this season, while starting all 21 games.  She was the unquestioned leader of a Cardinals defense that registered a school-record 11 shutouts, including five straight to begin the season.

Off the field Grumbein has been equally impressive, where she garnered a spot on the Landmark All-Academic Team.  She has also been named to the NFHCA All-Academic squad three times in her career and is a three time Landmark Academic Honor Roll choice.

With the Allentown, Pa. native leading the way this season, CUA led the Landmark Conference in scoring margin, shutouts, goals against average, goals allowed, and goals allowed per game.

CUA went 17-4 this season, with the 17 wins setting a new school record.  The Cardinals, who were nationally ranked for eight consecutive weeks, established new school marks in goals scored (77) and shutouts (11).  CUA capped its season with the first-ever ECAC title in school annals, as the Cardinals downed Drew 2-1 in the final on November 14.

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