WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America field hockey team was recognized for their accomplishments this season as the Cardinals earned two Landmark Conference major awards and six selections to the all-league teams.
Head coach Heidi Lewis, who led the Cards to a 15-3 record and a current No. 15 national ranking, was selected as the Coach of the Year and senior Kelly Cousoulis earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season.
Cousoulis was joined by senior Rachel Day and junior Lane Adams as All-Landmark First Team selections. Senior Marisa Martinelli, sophomore Katie Anderson and freshman Kelly Cancelmo were tabbed to the second team.
Under Lewis' direction, Catholic reached its highest national ranking in her tenure as the Cardinals climbed to No. 11. The Cards boasted three nationally-ranked wins and went a perfect 7-0 in Landmark play to claim the regular season title.
Cousoulis adds to her All-American career at Catholic as the top defensive player in the league and first-teamer for the second-consecutive year. She helped Catholic to a 1.55 GAA average and six shutouts with five defensive saves. She also had two assists on the seasons and garnered Landmark Athlete of the Week honors this year as well as selection to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Senior Game.
Both Day and Adams are now three-time All-Landmark First Team honorees.
Day ranked sixth in the conference with 29 points, 12 goals and six assists. She tied for the team lead and was fourth in the league with four game-winning goals. She also paced the conference with an .854 shots on goal percentage.
Adams has now garnered top team honors in each of her three seasons on the field for Catholic. The conference's top two-way player, she had eight points on three goals and two assists. She scored the game-winner in the regular-season clincher against Scranton.
Martinelli also becomes a three-time All-Landmark selection with her third-straight second-team accolade. She enjoyed her strongest season in her final year with 15 points on four goals and seven assists. Martinelli had the game-winner over NCAA-qualifiers, Misericordia and was twice honored as the Landmark Defensive Athlete of the Week.
Both Anderson and Cancelmo earn their first All-Landmark honors.
Anderson was second on the Cards with 10 goals, three assists and 23 points and tied for the team lead with four game-winners, including conference clinchers over Elizabethtown, Goucher and Moravian in back-to-back-to-back games.
Cancelmo quickly established herself as one of the top midfielders in the league. She appeared in all 17 games and filled her statsheet with a goal, three assists and five points on just seven shots and added two defensive saves. She assisted on the game-winner over then-No. 17 Mary Washington.
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