Six named All-Conference; Swarthout and Brophy earn awards
WASHINGTON – Six CUA student-athletes were named to the 2012 All-Landmark Conference Teams on Friday, including Player of the Year Mary Swarthout and Rookie of the Year Lindsay Brophy. Joining Swarthout on the First Team are Meghan Murray and Mallory Vogel, while Tricia Pehnke and Sarah Lindell were Second Team selections, along with Brophy.
Swarthout earns her third consecutive Player of the Year honor from the conference. The senior All-American has once again had a terrific season for the Cardinals, leading them in goals (56), assists (25), points (81), draw controls (106), ground balls (60) and caused turnovers (32).
A four-time First Team All-Conference selection, Swarthout scored at least two goals in every CUA game this season, with a high of eight in a win over No. 10 Messiah. The 2009 conference Rookie of the Year, Swarthout won a season-best 11 draw controls in the Cardinals tournament semifinal win over Scranton on May 2, and she picked up a season-high seven ground balls in two games.
Swarthout leads the Landmark Conference in goals, points, and caused turnovers.
Brophy becomes the second Cardinal to win Rookie of the Year honors, joining Swarthout (2009). The first-year standout has totaled 43 points in 2012, scoring 24 goals to go along with 19 assists.
After not scoring in the first seven games this season, Brophy busted out with a hat trick in a win over Messiah. Since that time, she has scored two or more goals seven times, including a five-goal performance in the Cardinals win at McDaniel.
Brophy leads the Landmark Conference with four game-winning goals and has also scooped up 43 ground balls and won 13 draw controls.
One of the top defenders in the entire conference, Murray earns her third consecutive First Team accolade. The Ijamsville, Maryland native has started every single game of her career and totaled 41 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers this season.
Murray's season high in ground balls is five, which she recorded in the Cardinals win over Susquehanna on April 14. She also caused three turnovers in two games and handed out an assist in a win over Rowan on April 25.
Rounding out CUA's First Team selections is Vogel, who is enjoying a career year. The senior has established career highs in goals (38), assists (23) and points (61), to go along with 17 ground balls, 12 draw controls and seven caused turnovers.
Vogel ranks fifth in the conference in assists and seventh in points, and scored a season-high six goals in the regular season finale at Scranton. Her season high in assists came in a win over Drew, when she totaled four.
Along with Brophy, Pehnke has made a major impact in her first season for the Cardinals. CUA's starting goalkeeper, Pehnke has made 48 saves in 391 minutes, posting a goals against average of 6.89 during that time. Pehnke is a perfect 8-0 in goal for the Cardinals and has stopped nearly 52% of the shots she has faced.
Pehnke's season high in saves was 11, which came in a win over Elizabethtown, and for the year, she has totaled five games with at least five saves. Pehnke leads the conference in goals against average, ranks second in save percentage and is sixth in saves per game.
Lindell earns her first career All-League selection after she started all 18 games this season and totaled 20 ground balls, six draw controls and five caused turnovers as a defender. The senior has also handed out two assists, both of which came in wins.
Lindell scooped up a season-high four ground balls in the opener at Mary Washington and she won a season-high two draw controls in the regular season finale at Scranton.
CUA returns to action on Saturday when the Cardinals seek their fifth consecutive Landmark Conference championship. Top-seeded CUA will host No. 2 Suquehanna beginning at 1 p.m. inside Cardinal Stadium. Click here to read a full preview of the matchup.