University of Delaware Places Six on All-CAA Women’s Lacrosse Teams
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team had six student-athletes represented as All-Colonial Athletic Association honorees the league announced this evening at the annual CAA awards banquet.
The Blue Hens continue on their path to excellence on the field as three Delaware players received first team All-CAA accolades for the first time in school history.
Junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) was named first team All-CAA for the third time in her career while sophomores Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada) and Erin Wein (Middletown, Md.) earned the award for the first time as Blue Hens.
The CAA also honored sophomore Lizzie Duffey (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) on the second team while freshman Kirsten Hale (Wayne, Pa.) was named to the All-Rookie Team. Redshirt sophomore Elyse Andrews (Wilmington, Del.) was recognized for her work in the classroom as an All-Academic Team awardee.
Delaware was the lone team to have more than two sophomores represented across the teams, which were voted on by the league’s head coaches.
McCartney currently leads the team with 36 goals and is 14th in school history with 114 career scores. The Blue Hens team captain is also tied in the CAA with 2.40 goals per game and sixth with 3.00 points per contest. An impact midfielder for Delaware, McCartney has scored at least one point in all but one game played for the Blue Hens.
In her first season at UD, Lyons has posted a team-best 55 points (35 goals, 20 assists) and has tallied at least one point each contest played. Her point total is the most for the Blue Hens since 2008, also the last time a player had at least 20 assists in a single season. Lyons is currently fourth in the CAA with 3.47 points per game, tied for fourth with 2.27 goals per and sixth with 1.20 assists per.
Wein is a defensive threat to Delaware opponents as she guides a squad that is ranked 22nd in the NCAA with 9.47 caused turnovers per game and 23rd in scoring defense. Individually, Wein leads the Hens with 31 groundballs and caused turnovers and is second in the CAA and 15th in NCAA Division I with 1.87 caused turnovers per game. Wein was a CAA All-Rookie Team performer last season.
A key contributor and playmaker, Duffey earned CAA honors for the first time in her career with the second team award. She is tied for second on the team with 22 caused turnovers and fourth with 23 groundballs. Her mark of 1.69 caused turnovers per game is good for 25th in the NCAA. Duffey’s twin sister, Emily, was also named to the All-CAA second team as an attacker for Drexel.
Hale is tied for fourth on the team with 13 draw controls and is a “glue player” in an attack that currently ranks 37th in NCAA scoring offense. The midfielder has also tallied 12 groundballs and seven caused turnovers in her first collegiate season.
A medical diagnostic major and Spanish and biology minor, Andrews has maintained nearly a 4.0 grade point average as a student-athlete to earn All-Academic honors in her second collegiate season.
Stephanie Finley (James Madison) and Andi Raymond (Towson) were named the 2014 CAA Co-Players of the Year while April Iannetta (Hofstra) collected Defensive Player of the Year distinction. Towson picked up the Rookie of the Year in Gabby Cha while Sonia LaMonica was named the Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season.
The third-seeded Blue Hens (10-6, 3-2 CAA) will face off against No. 2 seeded James Madison (10-6, 4-1 CAA) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the CAA semifinals at the College of William & Mary.