May 1, 2014

Seven Cardinals Named All-Landmark, McDonogh Voted Coach of the Year

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WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's lacrosse team dominated the All-Landmark teams with seven players selected and also took home two of the major awards.

Clair Schmitzer was voted the Rookie of the Year and earned First Team All-Landmark. Lindsay Brophy, Caroline DiBartolomeo and Tori Neill were also named to the First Team.

Jenna Van Middelem, Madeline Wilson, and Anastasia Brandenburg were all voted to the All-Landmark Second Team. Eighth year head coach Meghan McDonogh and her staff were named the Coach Staff of the Year after leading the squad to an unblemished 6-0 record, No. 1 seed, and seventh straight championship appearance.

Schmitzer has had a phenomenal rookie campaign with 29 goals and 9 assists for 38 points. She has started all but one game for the Cardinals and leads the conference with 53 ground balls and has added 38 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers. During Wednesday's semifinal win against Scranton, the Sparta, N.J. native had a career-high nine ground balls to go with four goals and two caused turnovers.

Brophy headlined the First Team Attackers, leading the Cardinals with 57 points on 30 goals and 27 assists which ranks sixth best in the Landmark. An everyday starter, Brophy has added 23 ground balls and 9 caused turnovers and currently ranks fifth all-time in Catholic history with 183 career points. A junior, this is Brophy's third straight All-Landmark honor, she was First Team in 2013, and Second Team in 2012 as well as the conference Rookie of the Year.

DiBartolomeo is making her second straight appearance on the First Team after doing so in 2013. She ranks second in the conference with 27 caused turnovers and ranks third on the team with 31 ground balls. DiBartolomeo has started all 16 games for CUA and can play both sides, having scored 14 goals and handing out 4 assists. She was named the Defensive Player of the Week on April 14th after holding the league's top scorer to just two goals.

Neill has provided the Cardinals a huge lift this season after missing her sophomore year to undergo treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid cancer. Since making her return, the junior captain has thrived, recording 30 caused turnovers which is second most in the Landmark. On March 19, she capped a furious comeback over Mary Washington and scored the game-winning goal with 45 seconds left. She was lated named the Landmark Player of the Week for her outstanding performance. Neill has added 37 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers.

Since transferring to CUA this year, Wilson has provided an offensive spark for the Cardinals and leads the team with 33 goals. She has dished out nine assists for 42 points and has added 18 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Van Middelem has shined in a very talented freshman class for CUA scoring 40 points on 29 goals and 11 assists. She has 23 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. She has four hat tricks in her first season and was named the offensive Player of the Week on April 14th after scoring 10 points in two games against Goucher and Susquehanna.

Brandenburg has come on strong in the second half of the season for the Cardinals, scoring 12 goals in Landmark Conference games.  She has 14 goals on the year and three assists as well as 17 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. She was named the Defensive Player of the Week on April 28th after causing five turnovers and picking up four ground balls in back to back wins.

CUA head coach Meghan McDonogh and her staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Year for the third time in her eight years at the helm. The Cardinals locked up the No. 1 seed after goind 6-0 in conference. With a 18-10 win over Scranton in the semifinals, the Cardinals have their sights set on Saturday's championship game with Susquehanna.

-CUA-

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