Three Cardinals named to All-Region Team

Three Cardinals named to All-Region Team

WASHINGTON – A trio of CUA field hockey players were named to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-South Atlantic Region Team on Thursday, as senior Liz Grumbein earned first team honors and juniors Mary Swarthout and Tracey Scanlon received second team recognition.

Liz Grumbein continues to add to her collection of hardware as the Cardinals captain earns her second straight All-Region selection after a second team honor in 2009.  The native of Allentown, Pa. was named the 2010 Landmark Conference Player of the Year, a first team all-conference pick, and the ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.  In addition, Grumbein was selected to play in this year's NFHCA Division III Senior Game on November 21.

For the season Grumbein scored one goal and handed out one assist for CUA, while starting all 21 games.  She was the unquestioned leader of a Cardinals defense that registered a school-record 11 shutouts, including five straight to begin the season.  With Grumbein leading the way, CUA led the Landmark Conference in scoring margin, shutouts, goals against average, goals allowed, and goals allowed per game.

The second leading scorer in terms of goals and points within the Landmark Conference this season, Mary Swarthout was a force to be reckoned with in 2010.  The junior netted 17 goals and 43 points, while also handing out nine assists to lead a potent CUA offense.  Swarthout led the Cardinals in goals, assists, points, and game-winning goals.

A first team all-conference selection, Swarthout tallied eight points in five postseason games for CUA, including both goals in the Cardinals ECAC championship game victory.

Like Grumbein and Swarthout, Tracey Scanlon had a major impact on CUA's success this season.  She started all 21 games and totaled 19 points during that time (five goals, nine assists).  Scanlon's nine assists ranked fourth best within the Landmark Conference and her 0.41 assists per game was sixth best.

Scanlon, who joined her fellow All-Region selections on the all-conference first team, stepped her game up once CUA hit the postseason.  The Pennsylvania native scored three goals and handed out three assists in the Cardinals five games, including an impressive two-goal, one-assist performance in CUA's 6-0 win over Susquehanna in the semifinals of the Landmark Conference Tournament.

CUA went 17-4 this season, with the 17 wins setting a new school record.  The Cardinals also established new school marks in goals scored (77) and shutouts (11).  CUA capped its season with the first-ever ECAC Championship in school annals, as the Cardinals downed Drew 2-1 in the final on November 14.

The entire All-Region Team can be viewed here