CUA heads to Lancaster, Pa. for NCAA Regional

CUA heads to Lancaster, Pa. for NCAA Regional

WASHINGTON – After downing Mary Washington 18-10 on Wednesday to earn its fourth consecutive first round NCAA Tournament win, CUA heads to Lancaster, Pa. this weekend to compete in the regional round.  First up for the Cardinals is a matchup with the nation's top-ranked team, The College of New Jersey, on Saturday afternoon at 2:30.

This weekend's regional will take place on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College.  The day's first game will pit the host Diplomats against Messiah in an 11:30 a.m. matchup, followed by the CUA – TCNJ contest.

CUA features a potent offense that is averaging nearly 15 goals per game, and the Cardinals have scored at least that many times in six of their last seven games, all of which were wins.

Mary Swarthout leads CUA with 63 goals and 89 points, while Kate Robinson has found the back of the net 44 times and handed out 34 assists.  Against Mary Washington that pair combined for nine goals and eight assists.

Other Cardinals on the offensive end to keep an eye on include Katie Buonpastore, a First Team All-Landmark Conference selection, with 31 goals and 38 assists, Lindsay Davenport, another All-Conference honoree, with 35 goals and Meghan Brady with 27 goals.

Swarthout also leads the red and black in ground balls (52) and draw controls (54) and shares the team lead with Robinson for caused turnovers with 25. 

Becky Borrell is next in line with 19 caused turnovers and her 30 GBs rank second behind Swarthout.  Meghan Brady (13), Buonpastore (14), Davenport (13), Brady (11) and Caroline Scalamandre (10) have also caused double digit turnovers.

Fresh off an 11-save performance vs. Mary Washington, Gabby Sena is the Cardinals top goalkeeper.  She has stopped 133 shots in 1,022 minutes of action and owns a 9.86 goals against average.

CUA has outscored its opponents 263-177 this season and outshot them 594-408.  The Cardinals are surrendering 9.83 goals per game and have held ten opponents to fewer than ten goals.

CUA advanced to the regional finals in 2008 and 2009 and won its first round contest a year ago.  Following their win earlier this week, the Cardinals all-time NCAA Tournament record stands at 6-3.

TCNJ enters this weekend with a record of 18-0, which includes a 17-0 win over Gwynedd-Mercy in the tournament's first round on Wednesday.  The Lions are currently ranked first in the nation in the IWLCA poll and they sit atop the statistical leaders for scoring defense (2.94), scoring margin (13.18) and win percentage.

The Lions average 16.17 goals per game and have scored at least that many on 13 occasions.

Leigh Mitchell is the team's top offensive performer with 48 goals and 63 assists, while Kathleen Notos has found the back of the net a team-best 64 times.  Alison Jaeger has added 59 scores and Alex Spark 28.

Notos is the team leader in ground balls with 41, draw controls with 76, and caused turnovers with 23.  Mary Waller has started all 18 games in goal and stopped 71 shots in 1,028 minutes.  She is allowing only 2.92 goals per game and sports a .587 save percentage.

Following Saturday's regional semifinal contests, the winners will play on Sunday afternoon on the campus of Franklin and Marshall beginning at 1 p.m.  The winner of that game will head to the 2011 Final Four in Garden City, N.Y.

Franklin and Marshall will provide live video and stats of every game this weekend at the regional.

To learn more about the 2011 CUA Cardinals, check out the NCAA Tournament notes.

Below is more information on the three teams joining CUA in Pennsylvania this weekend.

The College of New Jersey
Location: Ewing, N.J.
2011 Record: 18-0
Conference: New Jersey Athletic Conference
2011 Conference Record: 5-0
Head Coach: Sharon Pfluger
Leading Scorer: Leigh Mitchell (48 goals, 63 assists, 111 points)
NCAA Tournament First Round Result: Defeated Gwynedd-Mercy 17-0

Franklin and Marshall
Location: Lancaster, Pa.
2011 Record: 18-2
Conference: Centennial
2011 Conference Record: 9-0
Head Coach: Lauren Paul
Leading Scorer: Erin Dunne (50 goals, 14 assists, 64 points)
NCAA Tournament First Round Result: Defeated Montclair State 18-7

Location: Grantham, Pa.
2011 Record: 18-1
Conference: MAC
2011 Conference Record: 12-0
Head Coach: Heather Greer
Leading Scorer: Kara Gelman (53 goals, 41 assists, 94 points)
NCAA Tournament First Round Result: Defeated Denison 14-7