Six named All-Conference; Grumbein receives POY honor

Six named All-Conference; Grumbein receives POY honor

WASHINGTON – Six Cardinals were named to the 2010 All-Landmark Conference Teams, led by senior Liz Grumbein who earned Player of the Year honors, it was announced on Thursday.  Joining Grumbein on the first-team are juniors Mary Swarthout and Tracey Scanlon, while seniors Emma Dixon and Kendall Petschauer, along with sophomore Catherine Mirsky garnered second-team honors.

The leader of the CUA defense, Liz Grumbein has helped the Cardinals post nine shutouts this season and rank first in the Landmark Conference in scoring margin, shutouts, goals against average, goals allowed and goals allowed per game.

The senior was recently selected to play in the 2010 NFHCA Senior Game and she scored her first goal of the season in CUA's conference tournament victory over Susquehanna on November 3.  For her career Grumbein has started 55 games for the Cardinals.  This marks the second straight year in which she earned All-Conference recognition.

CUA's leading scorer, Mary Swarthout leads the Landmark Conference in points per game at 2.24.  She has totaled 15 goals, eight assists and 38 points this season and ranks in the top-five in the conference in goals, points, assists, game-winning goals, and shots.  Swarthout has notched three games with more than one goal, and she scored once to go along with an assist in the Cardinals semifinal win over Susquehanna.

Tracey Scanlon has started all 17 games this season and scored 15 points in that time (four goals, seven assists).  A native of North Wales, Pa., Scanlon had arguably her best game in the Landmark Conference Tournament opener with a pair of goals and an assist in CUA's 6-0 win.  The senior ranks second on CUA and among the league leaders in assists. 

The Cardinals second leading goal scorer with 11, Emma Dixon has registered 23 points on the year.  She ranks eighth in the conference in points, fifth in goals, and is tied for fourth with three game-winning goals.  Dixon, who has started every game, began the season with five goals in CUA's first two games, including a hat trick in the Cardinals 13-0 dismantling of Virginia Wesleyan.

Kendall Petschauer is CUA's second senior on the second-team after notching marks of four goals, seven assists and 15 points.  The West Long Branch, N.J. resident started all 17 games for the Cardinals and her seven assists are tied with Scanlon for eighth best in the conference.  Petschauer registered season-highs in goals (two) and assists (three) in the season opener and she scored the game-winning goal in CUA's conference victory over Goucher.

The youngest of CUA's All-Conference representatives is sophomore Catherine Mirsky.  Another member of the Cardinals stingy defense, Mirsky has started all 17 games and scored three goals and seven points in that time.  She is a perfect two of two on penalty strokes and leads the Cardinals with two defensive saves, which ranks fourth best in the conference.

CUA defeated number-two seed Susquehanna 6-0 on the road on Wednesday, November 3 to clinch a spot in this year's Landmark Conference championship game, which will take place on Saturday, November 6.  The Cardinals will take on top-seeded Juniata on the road beginning at 2:00.

The Eagles downed CUA 4-2 in early October in Washington so the Cardinals will look to exact revenge on their second straight opponent after they fell to Susquehanna during the regular season. 

The Cardinals, who are ranked 16th nationally and sixth in the South Atlantic Region, will be making their third appearance in the conference championship tilt, after also making it there in 2007 and 2008.  With its win on Wednesday, CUA is now 3-3 all-time in the Landmark Conference Tournament.

Juniata comes into Saturday's game with a record of 16-4, including a mark of 7-0 vs. Landmark Conference teams.  The Eagles have won 13 of their last 14 games, including a 1-0 decision over Drew in the tournament semifinals on Wednesday.

The defending conference champions, Juniata is ranked 18th in the latest national poll, and has posted a perfect 6-0 record at home this season.