Gateau, Murray, Thornton Named to All-Region Teams
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2005) -- Women's lacrosse standouts Sheryl Gateau, Courtney Murray and Christine Thornton capped outstanding seasons with selection to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association/U.S. Lacrosse South Atlantic All-Regional teams on Thursday.
For the first time in CUA women's lacrosse history, a total of three players made the All-Regional squads and two players landed spots on the first team. Last year, graduating senior Ali Jarden made the first team, and Thornton, a rising senior, made the second team.
This year, Thornton (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./County Day Sacred Heart), a senior midfielder and co-captain, made her debut on the first team and received All-Capital Athletic Conference recognition. Thornton controlled the midfield, tallying 15 goals, 15 assists, a team-high 82 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers. She led the CAC in ground balls per game, ranked fourth in caused turnovers per game and tied for fifth in game-winning goals.
Gateau (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's), a freshman defender, also made the cut for the first team. She is the program's first freshman to be recognized regionally. Gateau's poised play in settled defense and tenacious efforts to slow down the opposition also landed her a spot on the All-CAC second team. She had 51 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, one goal and one assist.
Offensive dynamo Murray (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Maria), a sophomore attacker, made the South Atlantic All-Regional second team and the All-CAC first team. She was a conference standout in several offensive categories including third in goals per game, shots per game, and free-position goals per game, and fourth in points per game. She made 15 starts in 15 games and posted 45 ground balls, 43 goals and seven assists for a team-high 50 points.
"Having three such diverse players receive conference and regional honors demonstrates the strides this program has made," Head Coach Kristine Manning said. "All three individuals -- Gateau, Murray and Thornton -- are exceptional players who are well deserving of the recognition they received. It was a standout year for CUA women's lacrosse, with an overall tremendous effort from every person on the team."
The women's lacrosse team posted a 3-2 record against CAC foes this season -- its best since the 1998 inaugural season -- and earned the second seed in the CAC Tournament for the first time in program history. The team also appeared in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association top 20 poll (19th) for three weeks and extended its record-breaking win streak to nine.
The IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American Committee chose 160 honorees for All-Regional status for their play in the 2005 season. Thirty-two athletes in each of five regions were named to either the first or second-team All-Regional (New England, New York, Metro, South Atlantic, and West) and all 160 are now eligible for All-American honors. The 2005 IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American teams will be announced on Sunday, May 22, in conjunction with the 2005 NCAA Championship game, which will take place at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J.