Four Cardinals named to All-Conference Teams

WASHINGTON – The Landmark Conference announced its All-Conference Teams for women’s soccer on Tuesday and CUA had four student-athletes selected.  Seniors Caitlin Brett, Erin Saia and Christina Cassidy received first team distinction, while junior Courtney Orgill was named to the second team.

Brett was CUA’s third leading scorer this season with five goals and 13 points.  The senior captain handed out three assists in a win over Hood, netted the game-winning goal at Goucher and scored once in CUA’s semifinal victory vs. Susquehanna in the Landmark Conference Tournament. 

Brett finishes her CUA career with 15 goals and 39 points.  This marks the second straight year that she has received first team all-conference recognition.

Saia anchored the CUA defense this season, helping the Cardinals hold teams to 1.21 goals per game and post nine shutouts.  CUA ranked second in the Landmark Conference in goals allowed, goals against average and shutouts.  Saia also handed out an assist in CUA’s tournament semifinal victory.

This is Saia’s first career all-conference nod.  She finishes her time in the red and black having appeared in 74 matches and totaling four assists.

Playing behind Saia and the CUA defense was Cassidy, who also earns her first career all-conference selection.  Cassidy battled through a tough injury midway through this season to finish second in the Landmark in goals against average (0.99), save percentage (.761) and shutouts (6).  She registered a season-high seven saves in a win over FDU-Florham and six stops in a regular season win at Susquehanna.

Cassidy wrapped up her career with 96 saves in 2,897 minutes of action, 18 wins and a .769 save percentage.

Orgill tied for the conference lead in goals this season, finding the back of the net 10 times.  She also ranked second in shots (67), third in points (21), and third in game-winning goals (3).  Orgill scored a season-best two goals in a 6-0 victory over Hood and she netted goals in seven of the Cardinals’ final ten matches.

This is the second time Orgill has been named to the all-conference teams after garnering second team accolades in 2009.  Orgill will enter her senior season with 28 career goals and 57 points.

CUA had a bounce back season in 2011, winning 12 matches overall, including a program record five Landmark matches.  The Cardinals defeated Susquehanna in the semifinals of the conference tournament and advanced to their third conference championship in the last four seasons.