By Chris McManes
WASHINGTON – Catholic University Women's Lacrosse Coach Meghan McDonogh knew she had a special team when her Landmark Conference regular-season champion Cardinals won the season opener over No. 1 Salisbury. League coaches agree that she has some special players.
Seven Cardinals were today named All-Landmark Conference. Lindsay Brophy, Anna Stumme, Caroline DiBartolomeo, Tori Neill and Tricia Pehnke earned first-team honors. Madeline Wilson and Alexis Bosilovic were named to the second team. The seven players are a league high.
Here's a look at the honorees:
* Lindsay Brophy, a senior attack from Haddonfield, N.J., leads CUA in scoring with 63 points on 31 goals and a team-high 32 assists. Her point and assist total are second in the Landmark.
* Anna Stumme, a sophomore midfielder from Millersville, Md., is tied with Brophy for second on the team in goals (31) and has four assists. She is also second in draw controls with 27.
* Caroline DiBartolomeo, a senior defender from Cherry Hill, N.J., is one of five Cardinals to start all 16 games. She paces the squad in caused turnovers (28) and has 24 ground balls and 18 draw controls. She has also scored a pair of goals and produced four assists.
* Tori Neill, a senior defender from Voorhees, N.J., has caused 25 turnovers and collected 36 ground balls to rank second on the club in both categories. She has started 15 contests and recorded three points.
* Tricia Pehnke, a senior goalie from West Windsor, N.J., leads the Landmark in goals-against average (8.48 goals per game) and is second in saves (120) and save percentage (48.6). She made a key stop late in overtime of the Cards' 13-12 win over two-time reigning national champion Salisbury, and was twice honored as Landmark Defensive Athlete of the Week.
* Madeline Wilson, a senior attack from Pearl River, N.Y., is CUA's fourth-leading goal scorer (27) and ranks third in points (46). She's converted a team-high 60 percent of her shots into goals.
* Alexis Bosilovic, a sophomore from Gibsonia, Pa., is No. 1 on the team in draw controls with 81. She has tallied 28 points on 23 goals and five assists, and carries a shot percentage of 54.8.
Nikki Kleinman of Drew was named Player of the Year. Goucher had the top rookie (Jojo Franklin) and Coach of the Year (Ceri Miller).
The No. 11 Cardinals went undefeated in league play (6-0). They improved to 13-3 Wednesday with a 17-4 victory over Goucher in the first round of the Landmark Conference Tournament at Cardinal Stadium. They will host Susquehanna on Saturday looking for their seventh Landmark Conference championship in the past eight years and accompanying NCAA Tournament bid.