Eight named All-Conference; CUA collects two major awards
WASHINGTON – Following its third unbeaten conference season, CUA placed eight student-athletes on the 2011 All-Landmark Conference Teams, and collected two of the major awards, it was announced on Friday. Becky Borrell, Meghan Murray, Kate Robinson, Mary Swarthout, Katie Buonpastore and Lindsay Davenport were named to the First Team, Gabby Sena and Megan Gormley received Second Team honors, Swarthout was named the Player of the Year for the second straight season and Head Coach Meghan McDonogh and her staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Year.
Included among CUA's selections are Robinson and Buonpastore, who become the first Cardinals to receive All-Conference honors all four years of their playing careers, in addition to first timers Davenport, Sena and Gormley.
Swarthout has been nearly unstoppable all season long for CUA. She leads the Cardinals and ranks second in the conference in goals with 54, while handing out 25 assists, which is tied for second in the conference. Swarthout's 79 points lead the Landmark as do her four game-winning goals.
A three time Landmark Conference Player of the Week this season, Swarthout has also totaled 46 ground balls, 46 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers. She has scored at least three goals in 11 games, including the last five. Swarthout's selection marks the fourth straight year in which the Landmark Conference Player of the Year has come from CUA after Robinson earned the award in 2008 and 2009 and Swarthout did the same last year and this year.
The Cardinals coaching staff earns its second Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year award after doing the same in 2008. With McDonogh leading the way CUA reeled off its third unbeaten regular season within the conference this year and has risen all the way to No. 8 in the national poll.
Borrell earns her third straight all-conference nod and second straight on the first team. A relentless defender Borrell has registered 27 ground balls, 15 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers this season. She caused four turnovers in wins over Dickinson and Scranton and won a season-high five draw controls vs. Dickinson. Borrell was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week on March 14.
Joining Borrell as a first team defender is Murray, who helped the Cardinals rank second in the conference with 9.62 caused turnovers per game. Murray has caused 13 turnovers herself, to go along with 22 ground balls and three draw controls. She has started all 16 games and this is her second straight first team selection.
The most decorated player in the history of the conference, Robinson earns her third straight first team selection after yet another terrific season. Robinson has scored 41 goals and handed out 25 assists, to go along with 42 draw controls, 24 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. She scored three or more goals eight times this season, including a season-high six on Senior Day vs. Scranton.
Buonpastore earns her fourth straight all-conference nod, and third first team selection. A two time Player of the Week this season, Buonpastore has scored 26 goals, dished out 31 assists, picked up 21 ground balls and caused ten turnovers. She scored a season-best six goals in an overtime win vs. Rowan and has totaled five assists in each of CUA's last two games.
Davenport earns her first career All-Landmark selection after a strong senior season in which she found the back of the net 32 times, scooped up 23 ground balls, won 14 draw controls and caused ten turnovers. She has scored at least one goal in every game but one, including three games with four. Davenport also caused a season-best three turnovers in a win over nationally ranked Washington & Lee.
Sena had a breakthrough year for the Cardinals, stopping 118 shots in 902 minutes of action. She has faced 332 shots, stopped over 44 percent of them and was named Defensive Player of the Week on one occasion. Sena sent back double-digit shots in two games, including a season-best 15 in a win at Goucher.
Gormley earns a spot on the Second Team in her first season in the red and black. She has scooped up 12 ground balls, won eight draw controls and caused seven turnovers to go along with one goal, which she scored in the season opener vs. Randolph-Macon. Gormley has appeared in all 16 games and started eight.
On Saturday CUA and its All-Conference performers will host Drew in the 2011 Landmark Conference championship game. The opening draw is set for 12:30 p.m. inside Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals have captured each of the first three conference championships, including the last two over Drew.
CUA and Drew met earlier this season in Madison, New Jersey on April 2. The Cardinals defeated the Rangers that day 10-9 behind four goals from Robinson and Davenport. CUA has won four straight vs. Drew, but the Rangers lay claim to the only win vs. the Cardinals of any Landmark Conference team, which came on April 25, 2009.