NSCAA Names Four Cardinals All-Region
CUA is the second-most recognized institution
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's soccer program continued to reap postseason honors Tuesday after four Cardinals were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Mid-Atlantic squad. This is the first time that CUA has had multiple players named to the team. Catholic University was the second-most recognized school on the list with four honorees, only NCAA qualifier The College of New Jersey had more with five.
Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) was named to the second team marking the first time in program history a Cardinal has been selected above the third-team. The junior led the squad in scoring with 12 goals and three assists for 27 points after starting all 20 of CUA's contests. Peters had three game winners for the season and earned ESPN The Magazine All-Region honors as well as a nod to the Landmark Conference first team. The forward was all-tournament at both the D.C. Classic and the SWAT Kick Classic this past season.
Diana Napolitano (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Immaculate Heart) ended her impressive career at CUA as the all-time assist leader capturing the top spot in assists in a game, season and career for the program. The senior midfielder battled back from an injury to score three goals and notch three assists for a total of nine points on the year, two of her goals were game winners. Besides her third team all-region honor, Napolitano was also selected to the Landmark Conference second team and D.C. Classic all-tournament squad.
Joining Napolitano on the third team was senior Katelynn Chambers (Montclair, N.J./Montclair). The defender had few stats but her impact on the field was significant as the Cards allowed just 20 goals over the course of the season. Chambers notched one assist this past season and stopped countless near goals on the defensive end of the field. For her efforts she was selected to the Landmark Conference first team and all-tournament at both the D.C. Classic and SWAT Kick Classic.
Elyse Bellardini (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley) rounded out the honorees for the Cardinals earning a spot on the third team. The junior midfielder ranked third on the team in scoring with eight goals and one assist for 17 points and two game winners. Earlier in the season she was named to the D3Kicks.com Team of the Week after scoring three goals including one game winner in a two-game span. She was named to the Landmark Conference first team and also selected all-tournament at the SWAT Kick Classic.
The Cardinals finished 12-3-5 on the season and advanced to the ECAC championship game where they lost in penalty kicks.