CUA leads initial President's All-Sports Cup standings

CUA leads initial President's All-Sports Cup standings

WASHINGTON – After a terrific fall season that saw three of its teams advance to their respective championship games, the Landmark Conference announced that CUA sits atop the initial President’s All-Sports Cup standings.  The Cardinals currently lead over second place Scranton and third place Susquehanna.

CUA’s fall was filled with plenty of memorable moments, led by the field hockey team capturing its first conference championship.  The Cardinals stormed through the regular season with a perfect 6-0 mark vs. Landmark foes and then defeated Juniata and Drew to earn the conference title and NCAA Tournament automatic bid.

The men’s soccer team earned a spot in its conference championship match for the fourth consecutive season and was also nationally ranked for part of the year.  The Cardinals won 14 matches in 2011 and at one point went 11 straight without suffering a loss.

Like the men, the CUA women’s soccer team also advanced to its conference championship match.  The Cardinals bounced back from an up-and-down 2010 season to win 12 matches this year, including a tournament semifinal victory over Susquehanna.  CUA’s five conference victories this season are its most since joining the Landmark.

For the third straight season, the CUA volleyball team won 20 matches and advanced to the conference semifinals.  The Cardinals started off the year with a 17-2 record, which was their best start to a season since 2001.  CUA finished with 25 victories, including an impressive 11-1 record on its home court.

Led by Camelia Mayfield and Laura Kinley’s top-ten finishes at the Landmark Conference championship, the CUA women’s cross country team finished an impressive third in the team standings.  Mayfield crossed in third place to earn first team All-Conference honors, while Kinley was ninth, good for second team All-Conference honors.

The men’s cross country team showed improvement this season under the direction of first year head coach Kent Thompson.  The Cardinals won the season opening Albright Invitational and also placed 28th at the highly competitive Paul Short Run, one of the country’s largest and most difficult cross country races.

Overall, CUA’s fall teams posted a record of 68-19-1, including a mark of 21-4-1 against Landmark foes.