Eight Cardinals named 2011 All-Americans
WASHINGTON – USACOLLEGELACROSSE.com has named eight Cardinals to its 2011 All-American Teams, it was recently announced. Mary Swarthout earned First Team honors, while Kate Robinson, Becky Borrell, Lindsay Davenport, Katie Buonpastore, Gabby Sena and Meghan Murray were named to the Second Team and Megan Gormley received Rookie Team distinction.
Swarthout was nearly unstoppable for the Cardinals all season long. She led the team in goals (65), points (92), ground balls (52) and draw controls (57), while ranking second in caused turnovers (25) and third in assists (27). The Maryland native led the Landmark Conference in points and game-winning goals (4).
A three-time Landmark Conference Player of the Week, Swarthout received First Team All-Conference and All-Region recognition and was named the Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She scored at least three goals 13 times. This is Swarthout's third straight selection to the All-Region Team.
Robinson will go down as the best lacrosse player CUA has ever seen after earning her fourth straight All-Region selection. A three-time All-American, four-time All-Conference selection and two-time Landmark Conference Player of the Year, Robinson scored 46 goals this season and handed out 35 assists. She also won 49 draw controls, picked up 27 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers.
Robinson finished her CUA career owning the school record for goals (268), points (383), draw controls (252) and caused turnovers (114).
A three-time All-Landmark Conference selection, including two on the first team, Borrell has established herself as one of the top defenders in all of America. A two-time All-American and member of the All-Region Team, Borrell finished the 2011 season with 31 ground balls, 23 caused turnovers and 17 draw controls, as well as two assists. She caused four turnovers in three games, including the Cardinals second round NCAA Tournament contest vs. TCNJ.
Borrell concluded her CUA career with 82 games played, including 66 starts, 143 ground balls, 93 caused turnovers, 14 goals and 7 assists.
Davenport earns her first career All-America selection after a strong senior season in which she found the back of the net 36 times, scooped up 27 ground balls, won 17 draw controls and caused 13 turnovers. A first team All-Conference member, Davenport 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.
A four-time All-Conference honoree and 2011 All-Region Team member, Buonpastore earns her first career selection to the All-America Team. She was named conference Player of the Week on two occasions this year and wound up with 32 goals, a team-leading 38 assists, 24 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
Buonpastore scored a 2011-best six goals in an overtime win vs. Rowan and for her career she appeared in 82 games with 66 starts, and scored 93 goals, handed out 130 assists and totaled 104 ground balls.
Sena had a breakthrough year for the Cardinals, stopping 136 shots in 1,057 minutes of action. She faced 399 shots, stopped over 43 percent of them and was named the Landmark Conference 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 over Goucher.
Murray helped the Cardinals rank second in the conference this season with 9.62 caused turnovers per game. She caused 13turnovers herself, to go along with 26 ground balls and 3 draw controls. Murray started every game and has been an All-Conference selection each of the past two seasons.
Gormley earns a spot on the All-American Rookie Team after a season in which she scooped up 16 ground balls, won 9 draw controls and caused 9 turnovers to go along with one goal, which she scored in the season opener vs. Randolph-Macon. Gormley appeared in all 19 games for CUA and started 11.
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