CUA begins new year vs. Marymount on Saturday night

CUA begins new year vs. Marymount on Saturday night

WASHINGTON – Following many months of training and practice, the CUA men's lacrosse team gets to see its work in action on Saturday as the Cardinals take on Marymount in the 2011 season opener.  The teams will meet at 5:30 p.m. on a neutral field in Arlington, Va.  CUA looks to build on the momentum of a strong 2010 campaign when it won 12 games and played for the Landmark Conference championship for the first time ever.

Out of 150 Division III teams, CUA ranked third in terms of largest single-season improvement from 2009 to 2010.  Head Coach Brooks Singer and the Cardinals earned their first-ever bid to the Landmark Conference Tournament last season and did not disappoint, defeating Drew handily 15-4 in the semifinals.

CUA posted a record of 7-1 at home and a 2-0 mark in neutral site games in 2010.  The Cardinals averaged over 11 goals per contest, while holding the opposition to just six per game.

Offensively, CUA returns Chris Fuccillo, who scored a team-high 45 goals a season ago, as well as double-digit goal scorers Jimmy Sinnott (16) and Tyler Catalani (12). 

Tom Scotto had a strong year for CUA in the face-off X, winning 67 percent (206-307), to go along with a team-best 90 ground balls.  Rob Ryan leads all returners in caused turnovers with 20, while Fuccillo and Ryan Doyle totaled 11 apiece.

In goal for the Cardinals, Sean McKenna is the top returner after playing nearly 900 minutes and stopping 137 shots during that time.  Peter Falcone and Patrick Pfaff also return.

Marymount went 4-11 last season, including a record of 1-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference.  The Saints return their top three scorers from a year ago, including Drew Phillips (32 goals, 37 points), Chris Wascak (16 goals, 24 points) and Jeff Cook (14 goals, 20 points). 

On defense Marymount brings back a pair of goalkeepers in Marc Scanlon and Ross Fernandez.  Fernandez saw time in 12 games in 2010 and stopped 175 shots in nearly 800 minutes.  Scanlon meanwhile appeared in five games and sent back 17 shots, while posting a save percentage of .680.

CUA defeated the Saints last season at home, by a score of 13-12.  On Saturday, the teams will meet at Washington-Lee High School in Virginia with the opening face-off slated for 5:30 p.m.