December 2011

Friends of CUA,

With the fall semester soon coming to a close, I thought this was a good time to update you on what has been happening on our campus. 

I am proud to report that we had an outstanding fall season, and because of our success, we currently lead the Landmark Conference President’s All-Sports Cup standings.  This is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaches.

At the top of the list of our many accomplishments this fall was our field hockey team capturing its first-ever conference championship and NCAA Tournament bid.  Head Coach Gia Cillizza and her team equaled the school record for single season wins with 17, which included a perfect 6-0 mark within the conference, and also won an NCAA Tournament game at home against Eastern University.

Two of our players, Tracey Scanlon and Mary Swarthout, received All-American recognition for their play this season with Tracey becoming the first First Team All-American we’ve had in field hockey.

Not to be outdone, our men’s soccer team had yet another strong season, advancing to their fourth straight conference championship match and appearing in the national rankings for the first time in a number of years.  The women’s soccer team also advanced to the conference championship match, marking the third time in four years they have done so.

Our volleyball team raced out to a 17-2 start, which was its best since 2001, and finished the year with 25 wins and a third straight appearance in the conference tournament semifinals.  Along the way, Head Coach Nagy Abdelrazek earned his 400th career victory, joining Marty Dowd and Ross Natoli as the only CUA coaches to achieve this historic milestone.

In cross country, our women’s team had a terrific finish to their season, placing third at the conference championship, led by top-ten finishes from Camelia Mayfield and Laura Kinley.  Mayfield then went on to earn All-Region accolades with a 26th place showing at the regional championship in Texas.  On the men’s side, first-year head coach Kent Thompson had a strong debut season, leading the Cardinals to a first place finish at the season-opening Albright Invitational and a 28th place finish at the highly competitive Paul Short Run.

Our success has carried over into the winter, with men’s basketball off to a strong start, which included a trip to Gainesville, Florida to compete against the Gators.  Many of our basketball alumni made the trip to Florida and it was great to see all of you cheering on the Cardinals.

Our women’s basketball team won the McDaniel Tip-off Tournament and has played well during the early going, picking up where they left off from last year when they won 19 games.

In the pool, our swim teams have faced a tough early schedule and done quite well, led by Caleb Capozella, who earned two Swimmer of the Week awards from the Landmark Conference.

Looking forward, we hope to see many of you at the Hall of Fame ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, January 28 prior to a basketball doubleheader.  Read about this year’s inductees here

Thanks to everyone for their continued support of CUA Athletics, and best wishes for a safe and healthy holiday season.


Mike Allen