With six seniors returning, Head Coach Lisa Thompson and her team look forward to a successful 2001 season.

"This 2001 team is composed of student-athletes with great leadership, positive attitudes, and great commitment," said Thompson, entering her third season at Catholic.

"With the return of nine of our key players, a great incoming freshman class and great senior leadership this team is able to determine their fate. The great attitudes and friendships that have been established over the past four years will create a team atmosphere that the girls are proud and excited to be a part of."

The 2000 edition of the Cardinals finished 3-2 in the conference with wins against York, Goucher, and St. Mary's before adding another win against St. Mary's in the CAC playoffs. A strong non-conference slate includes Johns Hopkins and Eastern Mennonite, each of which was ranked in the Top 20 of the final NFHCA regular-season poll in 2000, as well as conference rival Salisbury State, which was ranked No. 3 and reached the national semifinals. "Our schedule reflects our desire to continue to compete to the best of our abilities in the CAC and in the South Region,"said Thompson.

Leading this year's team are captains Courtney Halter, Maggie Mahoney, and Andi Snyder. Deanna Feliciani, Hanna Bissell, and Aileen Gambescia combine with the captains to create a powerful and driving senior class. "It is great to have six starting seniors," said Thompson. "Their experience and leadership will develop and motivate our younger players. I believe senior leadership is so important to the team's overall success."

Expect strong performances from Snyder, who earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2000, as well as Second Team All-CAC players Sondra Pires and Tricia Hines. Pires' and Hines' strength and game sense will create a strong midfield and defense. Thompson also anticipates the offensive spark caused by sophomore Danielle Deon and junior Stephanie Roselle (Second Team All-CAC, 1999 Second Team South Region All-American.) "The speed and aggressiveness of our forward line is truly amazing."

Megan Hartnett and Kim Nolen will also play a major role in Catholic's drive for the CAC finals, as well as regional and national ranking. "You can't find players as dedicated and driven for success as Megan and Kim," said Thompson. "Their drive and desire motivates everyone around them."

Coach Thompson also looks forward to great performances from Renee Desrochers and Linnea Patt, who will play key roles as defensive backs. Thompson is also excited about the return of CUA's starting goalie, Katie Iannacone. "Katie has worked very hard over the past couple of years. Her work ethic, determination, improvement in the offseason and summer (including play overseas) will help to place her as one of the best goalies in our conference."

The incoming freshman class includes Kelly Pendino, goalie Erin Swift, Rebecca Clark, Ellen Manning, and Sara Scanell.