CUA Earns Two Landmark Major Awards and Five All-Conference Selections

CUA Earns Two Landmark Major Awards and Five All-Conference Selections

Towson, Md. – The Catholic University of America field hockey team took home several Landmark Conference honors as announced by the league on Tuesday morning. Head coach Gia Cillizza earned Coach of the Year honors while freshman Lane Adams was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year. Five total Cardinals earned All-Landmark accolades.

Cillizza earns her sixth Coach of the Year honor in nine seasons in the Landmark after helping CUA to a current No. 17 national ranking and the 2015 Landmark Conference Championship. The Cards earned the league's automatic berth into the Division III NCAA Tournament and will host Bridgewater on Wednesday at 6 p.m. 

Adams leads all Landmark freshmen with four goals scored and led Catholic with eight assists, finishing third on the team with 16 points. Adams tallied one game-winner on the season and earned All-Landmark First Team honors along with three other Cards.

Landmark Tournament MVP Analisa Scott was selected as the first team goalkeeper. Scott ranks 16th in the country with an .833 save percentage and 21st with a 1.15 goals against average. Scott was also a first team honoree last season.

Senior Tarah Portland makes it three-straight seasons as a First Team All-Landmark selection. The fourth-year defender helped CUA to a conference-leading 0.47 shutouts per game and nine total blank sheets. Portland also scored the game-winning goal at 2015 NCAA Tournament team, Rhodes.

Leading scorer Rachel Day rounds out the first team honorees for Catholic. Day was third in the conference with 14 goals and fourth with 34 total points. Day scored at an impressive .275 percentage, finding the back of the cage on 14-of-51 shots.

Sophomore Marisa Martinelli joined Day and Adams as first-time Landmark honorees, earing second team accolades. Martinelli finished the season with three goals, four assists and 10 total points. She also had the game-winner in the first contest of the year, in a nationally-ranked showdown with Messiah.

 

2015 LANDMARK FIELD HOCKEY MAJOR AWARDS
Player of the Year: Sarah Bilheimer, Juniata
Defensive Player of the Year: Jessica Pankey, Scranton
Rookie of the Year: Lane Adams, Catholic
Coach of the Year: Gia Cillizza, Catholic

2015 LANDMARK FIELD HOCKEY ALL CONFERENCE TEAMS

First Team

 

Second Team

Forward

 
 
 
 
 

Forward

 
 
 
 

Sarah Bilheimer&

 

Juniata

Sr.

Bethlehem, Pa.

 

Alyssa Aichele

 

Elizabethtown

Sr.

Lancaster, Pa.

Rachel Day

 

Catholic

So.

Columbia, Md.

 

Krista Osborne&

 

Scranton

Sr.

Blue Bell, Pa.

Jacki Hikes

 

Elizabethtown

Sr.

Nazareth, Pa.

 

Michelle Fallon

 

Drew

Sr.

Pequannock, N.J.

 
 
     
 

Katie Alexander

 

Juniata

So.

Mifflinburg, Pa.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midfield

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lane Adams

 

Catholic

Fr.

Wayne, Pa.

 

Midfield

 
     

Nicole Leaf

 

Elizabethtown

Jr.

Marriotsville, Md.

 

Lauren Cram

 

Susquehanna

Jr.

East Brunswick, N.J.

Lizzie Barminski

 

Goucher

Jr.

Ventura, Calif.

 

Elizabeth Yorey

 

Scranton

Jr.

Wayne, N.J.

Allison Groft

 

Juniata

Sr.

Hanover, Pa.

 

Brittany Meier

 

Juniata

Sr.

Pennsylvania Furnace

 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Defense

 
 
 
 
 

Defense

 
     

Jessica Pankey^*&

 

Scranton

Sr.

Pompton Lakes, N.J

 

Danielle Hallacker

 

Goucher

Jr.

Freehold, N.J.

Tarah Portland*&

 

Catholic

Sr.

Fredericksburg, Va.

 

Abbey Kemble

 

Susquehanna

So.

Marysville, Pa.

Kelsey Leibelsperger&

 

Juniata

Sr.

Fleetwood, Pa.

 

Alex Stroud

 

Juniata

Sr.

Ellicott, Md.

Halley Donlin

 

Elizabethtown

Jr.

Wilmington, Del.

 

Marisa Martinelli

 

Catholic

So.

Eagleville, Pa.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Goalkeeper

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Analisa Scott&

 

Catholic

Jr.

Hershey, Pa

 

Goalkeeper

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Alyssa Rothman

 

Susquehanna

Sr.

Trooper, Pa.

& 2014 First Team All-Landmark
* 2013 First Team All-Landmark
^ 2012 First Team All-Landmark