CUA picked to win title, set for showdown with No. 1 Salisbury

WASHINGTON – The CUA women's lacrosse team has been picked as this year's favorite in the Landmark Conference.  The Cardinals, who have captured three straight conference crowns, received 28 points in the preseason poll, including every first place vote.  Head coaches and sports information directors at each of the league institutions that sponsor women's lacrosse vote in the poll.

CUA has been nothing short of dominant during its time in the Landmark Conference, having lost just one regular season game and claiming all three championships.  The Cardinals are 1-0 this season after easily getting by Randolph-Macon 19-2 in the opener on March 1.

Coming in second in the poll was Drew University, which received 23 points, while Susquehanna was next with 15.  Goucher took the fourth spot after claiming 14 points and Scranton rounds out the poll with 10 points.

CUA's next game will take place this Sunday, March 6 when the Cardinals welcome the defending national champion Salisbury Sea Gulls to Cardinal Stadium.  Both teams come in nationally ranked with Salisbury sitting first in the poll and CUA checking in at No. 13.

CUA received goals from 13 different players in its season opener with senior All-American Kate Robinson making quite a return to the lineup with three scores and seven assists.  Robinson missed most of the 2010 campaign due to injury.

Along with Robinson, Meghan Brady, Kelly Ryan, Sarah Lindell and Chelsea Gleason each scored multiple goals against the Yellow Jackets and Robinson, Brady and Katie Buonpastore handed out at least two assists.

Salisbury has played three times already in 2011 and won each game, including a wild 18-15 victory over Adrian earlier this week.  The Sea Gulls have also defeated Frostburg State and Elizabethtown.

Salisbury has scored 55 goals in its three games and surrendered only 25.  Leading the way has been Logan Bilderback with nine goals and Alyssa Fowler with eight.  Trish DiGirolomo is the team leader in assists (14) and points (21) and overall 13 different Sea Gulls have scored thus far.

In goal for Salisbury Julie Ann Caulfield has started all three games and totaled 23 saves in 163 minutes of action.

Sunday marks the 17th meeting all-time between CUA and Salisbury.  The Cardinals have never beaten the Sea Gulls and dropped a pair of games to them last season, including an 18-9 decision in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals and Sea Gulls will get things started at 1 p.m. on Sunday from inside Cardinal Stadium.  CUA will offer live stats of the game.

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