Five Cardinal Earn All-Landmark Honors
Peters, Bellardini and Chambers named to first team
WASHINGTON - Five players from the Catholic University women's soccer team (10-2-4, 3-1-2 Landmark) have been selected to the inaugural All-Landmark Conference squad. In its first year of existence, the coaches selected 24 players for the squad regardless of position with the top 12 vote-getters earning first team. Forward Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus), midfielder Elyse Bellardini (Wayne, N.J./Wayne) and defender Katelynn Chambers (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) were all selected to the first team for their outstanding play this past season.
Peters is currently leading the Cardinals in goals and points with 11 and 23, respectively. The junior has two game winners to her credit and was named to the D3Kicks.com Team of the Week after scoring three goals in the D.C. Classic and being named to the all-tourney team. She was also named to the SWAT Kick Classic All-Tournament squad. In the Landmark Peters is currently ranked second in both categories, this is her third nod the All-Conference first team.
Bellardini ranks third on the squad in goals with eight as well as in points posting 17 for the season. She has two game winners and earned D3Kicks Team of the Week honors earlier this year after notching a pair of goals against Shenandoah and the game winning assist versus Scranton. Bellardini also has two game winners and was named the SWAT Kick Classic team earlier this year. This is her second selection to the all-conference squad and first to the first team.
As a defender, Chambers has not scored this past season but her efforts have not gone unnoticed as the Cardinal defense has given up just 16 goals this entire year and posted six shutouts. She was named to the D.C. Classic All-Tournament squad after CUA went 2-0 on the weekend as well as the SWAT Kick Classic team where the Cards were 1-1.
Selected to the second team were freshman Kelly Donnelly (Garden City, N.J./Garden City) and senior Diana Napolitano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy). Donnelly has had an outstanding rookie campaign ranking second on the team in points with 21 including eight goals and team-high five assists. The forward was named to the D.C. Classic All-Tournament team and also holds the distinction as the athletic department's first Landmark Conference Player of the Week after scoring three goals and posting an assist at the Classic.
Napolitano, one of this year's team captains, has nine points for the season with three goals and as many assists. She was also named a Landmark Conference Player of the Week this past season after posting a goal and an assists versus Cabrini College. The assist moved her into first in all three helper categories for CUA including assists in a game, season and career. She was also selected to the SWAT Kick Classic All-Tourney Team. This is Napolitano's fourth selection to the all-conference squad.
The Cardinals have earned the third seed in the conference tournament and will travel to Moravian College on Wednesday for a semifinal game versus the Greyhounds beginning at 3:30 p.m.