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Nov. 15, 2004


CUA Field Hockey Places Five All Stars on Team

Freshman Michele Repass Named CAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Year

Making program history, The Catholic University of America field hockey team placed five student athletes on the Capital Athletic Conference field hockey all-star teams and nabbed CAC rookie of the year honors for the fall season.


Junior midfielder Jamie Punyko (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) made the first team, while freshman forward Michele Repass (Poolesville, Va./Poolesville), junior forward Christy Engstrom (Phoenxiville, Pa./Spring-Ford), junior sweeper Kathleen Langan (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and senior goalkeeper Erin Swift (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) earned second-team honors.


Repass, a two-time Washington Post all-metro first-team selection and the 2003 Montgomery (Md.) Gazette player of the year, made 19 starts in 19 games and posted seven goals and seven assists for a total of 21 points. She is CUA field hockey’s first CAC rookie-of-the-year selection.


“This is the most talented hockey team yet at CUA,” Head Coach Gia Cillizza said, “and this just serves to strengthen our commitment to building a nationally recognized program.”


The Cardinals posted a 4-1 record against CAC foes this season — its best since joining the CAC in 1989. With wins over St. Mary's College, Goucher College, Mary Washington and York College, the team secured the No. 2 seed in the CAC Tournament, where they suffered a 1-2 overtime loss to the University of Mary Washington, ranked No. 17 in the nation.

The team's only regular season CAC loss was against Salisbury University, the No. 1 ranked Division III program in the country and 2003 national champion.


CUA’s regular season wins included eight shutouts posted by Swift, who made 143 saves in 19 games and had 30 goals against for a save percentage of .827. Punyko earned six goals, seven assists and three defensive saves; Engstrom tallied eight goals and four assists; and Langan made two defensive saves for the season.


The Capital Athletic Conference consists of Catholic University, Gallaudet University, Goucher College, Marymount University, University of Mary Washington, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Salisbury University and York College of Pennsylvania.


MEDIA: For more information, contact Gia Cillizza, interim sports information director,

    at 202-319-5286, or call the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.






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