1998-99 Season Outlook

After improving her team's win total by four games over her first season, third-year coach Kathy Kilty is hopeful that the Cardinals can continue to ascend in 1998-99.

"We definitely think we can improve on last year's record of 9-16," Kilty said. "We really feel the team is on the upswing."

Much of Kilty's optimism centers on the return of three starters - senior guard Becky Mintzer, junior F/C Pam Canfield and sophomore point guard Beth Brennan. Mintzer averaged 12 points per game last season and is the team's primary 3-point threat. She needs just two 3-pointers to become the school's all-time 3-point leader.

"She gets a lot of open shots," Kilty said. "I hope for her to lead the team in scoring, but maybe the pressure to score can be taken off by some of the freshmen. Teams do focus on her, which can open things up for other shooters."

Canfield also averaged 12 points last season and was second in rebounding (6.0 rpg). She averaged 17 points in the final five games. "She will likely lead the team in rebounding, and she's probably our top defensive player," Kilty said "She really scored a lot at the end of the year. Hopefully she can continue scoring at that pace this season." Brennan saw plenty of action as a rookie and contributed 8.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

"I feel good about our returning starters," Kilty said. "They all had significant playing time last year. So, they're experienced players who can help us to be successful."

Sophomore forward Kenna Kelly, who averaged 7.0 points and 6.6 rebounds, has an excellent opportunity to start at small forward. A versatile athlete - she was named Second-Team All-CAC in women's soccer in 1997 - Kelly played well in her 11 games last year.

Of the Cardinals' freshmen - Kate Abbonizio, Beth Bodine, Meghan Courtney, Annie Foley, Meg Hagarty, Kathleen Hatch, Steph Lorenzen, Karin Lundquist and Roslyn Sanchez - look for Hagarty, Lorenzen and Sanchez to get the most playing time.

Sanchez, who played under Coach Kilty for one season at Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md., is expected to back up Brennan at the point. Hagarty, a shooting guard/small forward, is an accurate shooter from beyond the arc and should challenge for a starting role. Lorenzen, a 5-foot-10 post player, is a good rebounder who's likely to start at power forward.

Catholic's schedule will once again feature top teams from the Mid-Atlantic region. Conference rivals St. Mary's (Md.) and Mary Washington each advanced to the 1998 NCAA Tournament. The season will begin with the CUA Coca-Cola Tip-Off Classic, Nov. 21-22. The highlight of the early season slate is three games over six days in the Great Bahamas Goombay Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas.

1998-99 Results (6-19, 2-12 CAC)

Date Opponent Result Notable
Nov. 21 Immaculata % W, 78-55 Canfield 16 pts, 18 reb; Hagarty 17 pts
Nov. 22 Randolph-Macon
Woman's Coll. %
W, 79-68 Hagarty 21 pts, 6 reb
Nov. 28 at Neumann L, 74-64 Canfield 23 pts, 9 reb
Dec. 2 at Mary Washington * L, 63-46 Mintzer scored 1,000th career point
and became school's all-time leader
in threes (156). Canfield 16 pts., 13 rebs.
Dec. 5 St. Mary's (Md.) * L, 60-55 Hagarty 21, Brennan 14;
Five Cardinals foul out
Jan. 2 King's (Pa.) @ L, 91-52  
Jan. 4 Whitman @ L, 68-47 Canfield 18 pts., 11 reb.
Jan. 5 Fitchburg State @ W, 69-61 Canfield All-Tournament, 23 pts, 13 reb.
Jan. 9 at Shenandoah L, 83-73 Hagarty game-high 27 points, 4 asst.
Canfield 17 points, 8 reb.
Jan. 13 York (Pa.) * L, 73-55 Canfield 17 pts, Hagarty 17 pts,
Lorenzen 15 reb.
Jan. 16 at Goucher * L, 78-68 Hagarty 23 pts., Lorenzen 14 rebs.
Jan. 18 Villa Julie L, 57-43 Canfield 14 pts.
Jan. 20 Salisbury State * L, 76-71 Canfield 18, Hagarty 15, Mintzer 12
Jan. 23 at Gallaudet * L, 100-71 Canfield career-high 26 points,
17-for-20 from FT line
Jan. 27 Mary Washington * W, 49-41 Hagarty 24 pts, 13 reb;
Brennan 4 stl, 3 ast.
Jan. 30 at Marymount * L, 91-72 Canfield 24 pts, 13 reb; Hagarty 24 pts
Feb. 1 at Western Maryland W, 64-57 Hagarty 21 pts, Canfield 16 pts
Feb. 3 at St. Mary's (Md.) * L, 79-57 Hagarty career-high 31 pts, 5 stl
Feb. 6 Goucher * W, 57-45 Canfield 18 pts, 5 stl;
Hagarty 13, 10-for-10 FT
Feb. 10 at York (Pa.) * L, 70-62 Canfield 20 pts, 9 reb; Hagarty 15
Feb. 13 Gallaudet * L, 95-70 Canfield 20; Hagarty 20;
Lorenzen 12 pts, 11 reb.
Feb. 15 Shenandoah L, 67-58 Mintzer 17 pts, 10 reb. Hagarty 14-10;
Courtney career-high 12
Feb. 17 at Salisbury State * L, 85-63 Hagarty 19, Canfield 19
Feb. 20 Marymount * L, 65-63 Hagarty 15; Brennan 15;
Canfield 10 pts, 13 reb.
Feb. 22 Gallaudet # L, 82-57 Canfield 19 pts, 10 reb.

Final statistics
% CUA Coca-Cola Tip-Off Classic
@ Great Bahamas Goombay Shootout
# Conference tournament
* Conference games

1998-99 Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown/High School
10 Meghan Courtney G 5-6 Fr. Belle Harbor, N.Y./Marymount School
11 Meg Hagarty G/F 5-8 Fr. Rockledge, Pa./Bishop McDevitt
12 Jennifer Trotta G 5-5 So. Millersville, Md./Institute of Notre Dame
14 Kathleen Hatch F 5-7 Fr. Falls Church, Va./Bishop Ireton
20 Becky Mintzer G 5-7 Sr. Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Prendergast
21 Kate Abbonizio G 5-7 Fr. Upper Darby, Pa./Archbishop Prendergast
22 Karin Lundquist G 5-7 Fr. Westbury, N.Y./Jericho
24 Beth Bodine F/C 5-10 Fr. Decatur, Ala./Decatur
30 Stephanie Lorenzen F/C 5-10 Fr. Toms River, N.J./Monsignor Donovan
31 Pam Canfield F 5-9 Jr. Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy
33 Roslyn Sanchez G 5-1 Fr. Laurel, Md./Pallotti
34 Annie Foley F 5-9 Fr. Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School
40 Beth Brennan G 5-4 So. Delran. N.J./Holy Cross


Head Coach: Kathy Kilty (3rd year, Catholic '92)
Assistant Coach: Kate Luongo
Captains: Pam Canfield, Becky Mintzer
Managers: Robyn Eason, Mary Krieger