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May 9, 2005

 

CUA Athletes Conclude Successful Year

 

Collectively setting at least 16 team/individual university records, CUAís athletic teams enjoyed much success on the playing field over the course of the 2004-05 academic year.

 

Twelve of 17 CUA teams logged winning seasons, with two squads advancing to championship games and three others receiving Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) runner-up awards (menís and womenís cross-country and track and field do not amass win-loss records). The university produced two Capital Athletic Conference coaches of the year, three CAC rookies of the year, 10 CAC athletes of the week and 46 all-conference members. In addition, the field hockey and womenís soccer teams garnered Division III All-Academic Team Awards by posting team GPAs of 3.32 and 3.24 for the fall term, respectively.

 

ďThe student-athletes of Catholic University give true meaning to the phrase ĎDo It All,í Ē says Kristine Manning, interim director of athletics. ďTheir efforts on the field are testament enough to their dedication and work ethic, but we also see them excelling in the classroom and taking on great leadership roles beyond their respective sports. They have set a great precedent for seasons to come.Ē

 

Below is a list of athletic highlights, from the 2004-05 academic year.



FALL

 

Menís Cross Country

 

Took 1st place out of nine teams in the Cabrini Invitational in Philadelphia.

 

 

Womenís Cross Country

 

Rachel Yates named CAC Athlete of the Week for winning the York invitational.

Placed three runners on the 2nd All-CAC team: Alys Cheatle, Samantha McClellan and Rachel Yates. They finished 10, 11th and 12th at the CAC Championships.

 

 

Field Hockey

 

Posted overall and CAC winning season (earning the best CAC record for the program at 4-1).

Hosted CAC semifinals for the first time.

Placed five players on the All-CAC teams: Jamie Punyko on the first team and Christy Engstrom, Kathleen Langan, Erin Swift and Michele Repass on the second team (CUA Field Hockey record).

Freshman Michele Repass named CAC Rookie of the Year and selected to womensfieldhockey.com All-Rookie squad (1st time for CUA Field Hockey).

Jamie Punyko named National Field Hockey Coaches Associationís (NFHCA) 1st team All-South Region and Womensfieldhockey.com 3rd team all-American.

Goalkeeper Erin Swift tied CUA Field Hockey record with eight shutouts.

Team won the NFHCA National Academic Team Award with a fall term team GPA of 3.32.

11 players named to NFHCA Academic Squad with cumulative 3.3 or higher GPAs.

 

 

Football

 

††Placed three players on the All-ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) team: Brendan

††† Foley on the second team and Pat Truxillo and Ryan Parrish on the honorable mention

†††† squad.

 

 

Menís Soccer

 

Dan Kane made 2nd Team All-CAC.

 

 

Womenís Soccer

 

Posted an overall winning season.

Advanced to CAC semifinals for the first time in program history.

Played five players on theAll-CAC teams: Jenny Aspinwall and Laura Kaye made the first team; Jill Correnti, Allison Campbell and Diana Napolitano made the second team (CUA Womenís Soccer record).

Team won a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Academic Award upon earning a team GPA of 3.24 for the 2003-04 academic year (1st time in CUA Womenís Soccer history).


Volleyball

 

Posted an overall and CAC winning season.

Advanced to the CAC Championship game.

Placed two players on the All-CAC team: Whitney Dachlelet on the first team and Casey Tierney on the second team.

Emily McGlynn was named CAC Volleyball Rookie of the Year.

 

 

 

WINTER

 

Menís Basketball

 

Posted an overall and CAC winning season (20 wins) under first-year head coach Steve Howes.

Earned bid to Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southern Region post-season tournament, advancing to the championship game.

Shane Sowden earned CAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Shane Sowden was selected to 1st Team All-CAC.

 

 

Womenís Basketball

 

Posted an overall and CAC winning season (20 wins).

Advanced to the CAC semifinals.

Posted 14-game win streak (new CUA Womenís Basketball record).

Maggie Lonergan became the winningest coach in CUA Womenís Basketball history.

Jackie DeBorger twice won CAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Jackie DeBorger was selected to 1st Team All-CAC.

 


Menís Swimming

 

Posted an overall winning season and undefeated CAC record under first-year head coach Paul VanLieshout.

Earned 2nd place at CAC Championships.

Won two CAC Championship titles: Tim Creazzo, Paul Czar, Reik Foust and Jim Horstmann in the menís 200 freestyle relay and the menís 400 freestyle relay.

Placed six swimmers on the All-CAC team: Paul Creazzo, Will Giannobile, Jim Horstmann, Paul Czar, Rick Bischoff and Reik Foust.

Established new CUA Menís Swimming record in 200 freestyle relay.

Jim Horstmann earned CAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Paul Creazzo earned CAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Paul VanLieshout was named CAC Menís Swimming Coach of the Year.

 

 

Womenís Swimming

 

Posted an overall winning season and undefeated CAC record under first-year head coach Paul VanLieshout.

Earned 2nd place at CAC Championships.

Won one CAC Championship title: Kathy Jenko in the 200 freestyle.

Placed seven swimmers on the All-CAC team: Kathy Jenko, Carly Plantulli, Jenny Schreiber, Liz McGinn, Caroline Casey, Olivia Chasse and Lauren Wood.

Established six new CUA Womenís Swimming records: 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay.

 



SPRING

 

Baseball

 

Joe Maca chosen CAC Co-Rookie of the Year.



Softball

 

Posted an overall winning season.

Placed two players on the All-CAC team: Kathleen Ager (1st base) and Kara Walker (player at large).

 

 

Menís Lacrosse

 

Posted an overall winning season.

Placed two players on All-CAC teams: Jerry Clifford on first team and Conor Kelly on second team.

Conor Kelly was selected CAC Athlete of the Week.

 

Womenís Lacrosse

 

Posted overall and CAC winning record (best CAC record for program at 3-2).

Posted 10-game win streak Ė (new CUA Womenís Lacrosse record).

Advanced to CAC semifinals (best finish ever).

Appeared in Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association top 20 for three weeks Ė upset two top 20 teams (St. Maryís and Goucher).

Christine Thornton earned CAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Marisa Shaeffer earned CAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Jacki Seward earned womenís lacrosse.com player of the week honors.

Placed three players on All-CAC teams: Courtney Murray on the first team; Christine Thornton and Cheryl Gateau on the second team.

 

 

Menís Tennis

 

Posted overall and CAC winning record.

Finished 3rd in CAC.

Andrew Kelly earned Athlete of the Week honors.

Placed three players on the second team All-CAC: Emmet Donnelly (#4 singles finalist) and David DeStefano and Andrew Kelly (#3 doubles finalists).

 

 

Womenís Tennis

 

Posted overall winning record.

Finished second in CAC (best finish since 1994 and best ever for Coach Dana Dowd).

Placed four players on the second team All-CAC: Stephanie Kennedy (# 3 singles finalist), Emily Bresnahan-McRae (# 6 singles finalist), Emily Bresnahan-McRae and Leia DiCocco (# 3 doubles finalists).

Dana Dowd named CAC Womenís Tennis Co-Coach of the year.

 

 

Menís Track and Field

 

Freshman John Mason took 3rd in the shot put and 5th in the discus at the CAC Championships.

 

 

Womenís Track and Field

 

Kim Stengle earned CAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Kim Stengle placed 1st in the javelin, 2nd in the hammer throw, 2nd in the shot put and 4th in the discus at CAC Championships.

Placed one athlete on All-CAC team for three events: Kim Stengle made 1st team in javelin and second team in shot put and hammer throw.

Alys Cheatle placed 4th in the 5000 meters at CAC Championships.
Kim Stengle
captured the hammer throw and javelin titles with personal bests, placing third in the shot put and fourth in the discuss at the (all-track and field) Mason Dixon Conference championships. She qualified to compete in the ECAC championships in the hammer and the javelin May 19-20 at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.

 

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