WASHINGTON – Catholic University head women’s lacrosse Meghan McDonogh adds two additional coaches to assist second year assistant Meghan Murray and the 2014 women’s lacrosse program.
Messersmith joins the Cardinals following a stellar career at McDaniel. As a two-sport student-athlete the Phoenix, Md., native was a lacrosse All-American, four-time All-Centennial Conference selection, two-time first team All- Centennial Conference honoree, and a three-time All-Region selection. As a field hockey student-athlete, Messersmith was named All-Region and first team All- Centennial Conference on two occasions. She led the program and conference in career draw controls and named Top 10 in goals, assists and points in both sports.
In 2013, Messersmith won the Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship award and was selected as the Centennial Conference’s winners of the NCAA Woman of the Year award, that same year.
Messersmith graduated May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education with a minor in psychology. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in psychology at CUA.
Miller enters her first season as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach, after completing her eligibility last season as a Cardinal student-athlete. Miller ended her CUA career with 83 goals, 22 assists, 70 groundballs, and 22 caused turnovers.
In the classroom, Miller earned Dean’s List and Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll multiple years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s’ degree in architecture in 2012 and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Tau Sigma Delta honors societies.
She is currently working on her dual master’s degrees at Catholic University and will graduate in 2014 with a master’s in architecture and in sustainable design. Miller is also the project manager over CUA’s Solar Decathlon entry this fall.
Former Cardinals standout Murray is in her second season as an assistant coach with the program. She was a three-time First Team All-Landmark Conference selection during her undergrad days, and started every single game of her career.
Murray served as a captain and started all 22 games for CUA in her final, helping the Cardinals reach their third NCAA Regional Final. The Maryland native scooped up 44 ground balls and caused 21 turnovers as CUA won its fifth consecutive Landmark Conference crown. As a junior, Murray collected 26 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers, while starting all 19 games. CUA advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and completed its third unbeaten Landmark Conference regular season in four years.
Murray picked up 40 ground balls and caused 21 turnovers as a sophomore, helping to lead the Cards to 13 wins, a conference title and a win in the NCAA Tournament.
After graduating from Catholic University in 2012, Murray is currently a nurse at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
For more information on CUA women’s lacrosse, visit the official athletics website at www.cuacardinals.com.