Nine Cardinals Earn All-Conference Honors
WASHINGTON- The Landmark Conference announced Monday that nine members of the CUA women's lacrosse team earned spots on the All-Conference team. Sophomore Mary Swarthout was also named Landmark Conference Player of the Year for her well-rounded efforts this season.
Along with Swarthout, this year’s First Team honorees were Becky Borrell, Meghan Murray and Meghan Brady. Named to the Second Team were Melissa Brashear, Christina Rogers, Caroline Taltavull, Kelly Ryan, and Katie Buonpastore.
Swarthout’s breakout season earned her the top honor in the Landmark Conference after being named Rookie of the Year in her freshman campaign. The sophomore attacker led the Cards in points (58), draw controls (52), and ground balls (47) this year. She also finished the season first in the Landmark for free position goals, third in assists and total points, and fourth in overall scoring.
Borrell and Murray were a tenacious defensive duo this season, accounting for almost one-fourth of the team’s caused turnovers. The two combined for 69 ground balls and 17 draw controls, leading the Cards to evolve into one of the toughest defensive teams in the conference. Borrell also finished the year ranked first in caused turnovers, averaging 2.5 per game.
Brady had a standout year for CUA this season, putting up gaudy numbers on both ends of the field. The sophomore led the team in goals scored, and was third in the conference in the same category. She also ranked tenth in the Landmark in assists, and was tied for fourth in points per game.
Goalie Melissa Brashear was the backbone of a solid Cardinal defense this season. The senior ranked second in the conference for both goals against average (6.05) and save percentage (524). So far this year, Brashear has amassed 133 saves in the net.
Taltavull and Buonpastore created headaches for opponents on the offensive side of the field this season. Taltavull is currently tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 24, and is fourth in caused turnovers. Buonpastore leads the squad and the conference in total assists (31), and has also netted 16 goals on the year.
Rounding out the 2010 All-Conference honorees were juniors Kelly Ryan and Christina Rogers. Ryan has thus far tallied 24 goals and 12 assists, and is currently tied for second on the team in draw controls (31). Rogers did a little bit of everything for the Caridnals this season, recording five goals, six assists, 15 ground balls, 12 draw controls, and 12 caused turnovers.
CUA will host the first round of the NCAA tournament on Wednesday, May 12, as they take on the Christopher Newport Captains at 4 p.m.