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Women's Lacrosse Squad

Lacrosse Team Rules

The women’s lacrosse squad, pictured above, made one of the best showings for a CUA team in recent history. The Cardinals spent much of the season nationally ranked in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association/ Under Armour Poll, getting as high as No. 15 among Division III schools. The team went 5-0 in Landmark Conference play and dominated the league tournament, defeating Goucher College 21-10 in the championship.

The Cards were then selected as one of 32 teams in the NCAA Tournament — a first for the CUA women’s lacrosse program — where they won two games, advancing to the Elite Eight before falling to top-ranked Salisbury University 18-7. This is only the second time in CUA history that a women’s team has advanced to the Elite Eight in an NCAA Tournament.

Four of the team’s top scorers will return next season, including third-team All-American selection Kate Robinson, who led the conference in scoring.

Landmark Conference Coaches of the Year
Three CUA coaches of women’s teams were named conference coach of the year in their respective sports:

  • Nagy Abdelrazek, volleyball. (Predicted to finish second-to-last in the conference, his team achieved the second-best conference record.)

  • Gia Cillizza, field hockey. (Her team amassed the best record in the Landmark Conference regular season and advanced to the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament.)

  • Meghan O’Connor McDonogh, women’s lacrosse. (See “Lacrosse Team Rules.”)
CUA's baseball team celebrating

Pulling One Out of the Bag
It didn’t look good. CUA’s baseball team, the third seed in the four-team Landmark Conference tournament, was trailing 14-0 in the fifth inning of their first tournament game, against second-seeded Susquehanna University. It took extra innings, but the Cards triumphed 17- 16. They went on to win CUA’s first Landmark Conference men’s title by defeating the University of Scranton 16-7.

Coach Ross Natoli earned his 400th victory earlier in the season and was inducted into the hall of fame of the Washington, D.C., Home Plate Club, an organization that honors baseball players, coaches and administrators who have impacted the sport throughout the metropolitan area.

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