CUA Women's Lacrosse Places Three on CAC All-Star Team

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2005) -- The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team placed three student athletes on its Capital Athletic Conference all-star teams. Courtney Murray made the first team as an attacker and Christine Thornton and Sheryl Gateau made the second team as a midfielder and defender respectively.

Sophomore attacker Courtney Murray (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Maria) was a conference standout in several offensive categories including: third in goals per game (2.87), shots per game (6), and free-position goals per game (.47); and fourth in points per game (3.4). She made 15 starts in 15 games and posted 43 goals and seven assists for a team-high 50 points. She also picked up 45 ground balls.

Senior midfielder Christine Thornton (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./County Day Sacred Heart) made her second appearance on the All-CAC second team as an offensive and defensive threat with 14 starts in 14 games, 15 goals, 15 assists and a total of 30 points. She wracked up a team-high 82 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers. She led the CAC in ground balls per game (5.29), ranked fourth in caused turnovers per game (2.36) and tied for fifth in game-winning goals (2).

Freshman defender Sheryl Gateau's poised play in settled defense and tenacious efforts to slow down the opposition landed her a spot on the All-CAC second team. Gateau tallied 51 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers, as well as one goal and one assist. 

The women's lacrosse team posted a 3-2 record against CAC foes this season -- its best since the 1998 inaugural season -- and earned the second seed in the CAC Tournament for the first time in program history. The team also appeared in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association top 20 poll (19th) for three weeks and extended its record breaking win streak to nine.

Some noteworthy team CAC statistical rankings include: first in save percentage, shot percentage and shots on goal; second in ground balls per game and caused turnovers per game; and third in goals per game.