CUA Releases Fall Landmark Schedules
Cardinals will begin second year in Landmark Conference
WASHINGTON- The Catholic University of America Department of Athletics released a majority of the fall athletics schedules Monday. The 2008-09 school year marks CUA's second year in the Landmark Conference. Among the fall sports, all are looking for its first Landmark title.
Field hockey came closest to a Landmark Championship last season. In 2007, the Cardinals won the regular season and advanced to the Landmark tournament before falling in the championship game. Once again, CUA has one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country with three teams that finished the season in the top ten of the national polls on tap. Also highlighting the schedule, is Landmark foe Juniata College that ended the season ranked #13 and Gettysburg College that just missed the final poll.
The Cardinals return a number of players including team co-captain Ro Dixon (Ardmore, Pa./Country Day Sacred Heart) as well as Landmark Co-Defensive Player of the Year Andrea Baick (Gaithersburg, Md./Qunice Orchard). However, the loss of senior Michele Repass will hurt CUA's scoring. The Cards begin the season against McDaniel on Aug. 30.
The women's soccer squad is another team that ended the season just a few shots away from a title. The Cards advanced to the Eastern College Athletic College championship game in 2007 falling in penalty kicks. Despite the loss of five seniors, CUA will return Suzie Peters (Nanuet, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and Elyse Bellardini (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley), both mainstays in the lineup for the past three seasons.
The Cardinals will begin the season with back-to-back tournaments including the Bridgewater Labor Day Tournament at Bridgewater College and the Manhattanville Valiant Cup at Manhattanville College. Besides a strong Landmark schedule, CUA will also face off against former Capital Athletic Conference foe, York College which ended 2007 ranked #16 in the nation. The Cards will host their first home game on Sept. 17 against Marymount.
The men's soccer squad will have an updated look after losing six seniors to graduation. However, after one full year on the job Head Coach Travis Beauchamp will be able to fully implement his system among both returners and recruits. The Cardinals will begin the season also traveling to a pair of tournament. CUA will be at the Randolph-Macon College Tournament on Aug. 30 and then attend the Richard Stockton Tournament the following Saturday.
The Cards will have a number of mainstays on the schedule including Beauchamp's alma mater Washington College (Md.). Despite the losses in leadership from the seniors, CUA attack seems to be strong with the return of forward Matt Brady (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) and all-Landmark performer Brian Pappas (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown). The Cardinals will host Shenandoah on Sept. 10 in their first home game of the season.
The women's volleyball squad had a surprising season in 2007 and hopes to build upon that in 2008. The team was picked near the bottom of the Landmark Preseason Poll but finished the regular season with the second seed in the conference tournament. The loss of senior all-conference setter Emily McGlynn will be felt but if some underclassmen step up, the Cards could post another surprising season.
The Cardinals' schedule is once again dominated by weekend tournament play. CUA will host their annual Guetle Invitational with Trinity College (D.C.), Hood College and Frostburg State in attendance. The real tests, however, will come during Landmark weekend play. The Cards will have to play six conference matches over a span of three weekends including a tough game against national-powerhouse Juniata College. CUA will begin the season at the Eastern Mennonite Tournament on Aug. 29.
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