One of the most illustrious players in program history, Caitlin McCartney never left the Blue Hens sidelines as she transitioned from student-athlete to volunteer assistant coach following her graduation in May 2015.
“It is always exciting to have student-athletes choose to pursue the coaching profession,” stated head coach Kateri Linville. “I am thrilled to have a tradition where our student-athletes and leaders choose to start their careers here with us. Caitlin loved wearing the Delaware uniform as a player and is now excited to share her passion for UD and the game as a coach. We have a talented group of returners Caitlin will enjoy working with and I know that they will be equally thrilled to learn from her in her new role.”
McCartney, the program’s all-time draw controls leader at 186, graduated from the University in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in health behavior science. A two-time team captain and four-time team MVP, the midfielder started every game played during her four-year career with the Blue Hens. The 2015 UD Alumni Association Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, McCartney finished her career sixth in program history with 152 goals and ninth overall with 176 career points. She added 86 caused turnovers, which is good for second all-time.
“Returning to Delaware to help coach is a great opportunity to gain knowledge and experience while I can further my education,” McCartney commented.
McCartney was also a four-time IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic Region honoree and First Team All-CAA selection. The Doylestown, Pa. (Archbishop Wood) native garnered 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year accolades and was a two-time CAA All-Tournament Team honoree.
Four-time letterwinner that graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health behavior science • started every game played during her four-year career for the Blue Hens • outstanding athlete and game-changing player that paces the team offensively • 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year • four-time IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic Region honoree • four-time First Team All-CAA and Team MVP selection • 28 career hat tricks • finished ninth in Delaware history with 176 career points • sixth all-time with 152 goals • career-leader with 186 draw controls at 2.91 per game and second all-time with 86 cased turnovers • 2015 UD Alumni Association Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year.
Team captain • wrapped stellar career with IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic Region First Team, All-CAA First Team, CAA All-Tournament Team and UD Alumni Association Team MVP accolades • first women’s lacrosse player since 1998 to receive the University of Delaware Alumni Association Outstanding Female Athlete of The Year Award • set program single-season record with 73 draw controls • finished second in the CAA and 23rd nationally with a new single-season record 4.06 draw controls per game • third in single-season history with 33 caused turnovers • ranked second in the league and 13th in the NCAA with 1.82 caused turnovers per contest • second for the Blue Hens with 37 goals and 43 points • eighth in the CAA with 2.06 goals per game • recorded four game-winning goals • posted a career-best seven goals and seven points in 24-6 win at La Salle (Feb. 25) • registered career-high eight groundballs and seven caused turnovers in 14-5 win at Monmouth (March 4) to be named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week • tied own Delaware Stadium record with five caused turnovers against Temple (March 14) • set a new Delaware CAA Tournament record with seven draw controls vs. James Madison (May 1) • mark was also good for third in Delaware Stadium history • also controlled seven draws each at Villanova (March 11) and at La Salle (Feb. 25) • named the Inside Lacrosse National Co-Player of the Week, Baltimore Sun Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week and National 5 & 10 Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 16 after logging five points, four goals, three draw controls, an assist and a groundball in UD’s 17-5 stunner over #16 Georgetown in the season opener • CAA Player of the Week (March 3) following a week where she collected nine points on eight goals and one assist in addition to nine draw controls, two caused turnovers and two groundballs in wins versus La Salle and Rutgers • Nick Colleluori HEADstrong Foundation Award honoree • MidMajor Lacrosse Second Team All-American • IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game selection • tallied a goal in South’s 10-9 win over North.
Team captain • continued to display excellence on the field as an IWLCA All-Mid Atlantic Region Second Team, All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Tournament Team honoree • UD Alumni Association Team MVP for third consecutive season • recorded a career-best 48 points, nine assists, 40 draw controls and 23 caused turnovers • 40 draw controls ties her for third in single-season history • led the Blue Hens and finished 80th in the NCAA with 39 goals • averaged 1.35 caused turnovers per game, a mark good for 59th in the NCAA • posted 2.29 goals per game, placing third in the CAA and 71st across the nation • recorded 12 hat tricks • dished out a career-high two assists in the Blue Hens’ 17-3 victory over Virginia Tech (March 12) • tied career mark of six draw controls at Temple (March 15) • named the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Week on April 14 after causing a career-best five turnovers vs. James Madison (April 11) • earned National 5 & 10 Best of the Blue Hens Athlete of the Week accolades on Feb. 24 following a five-goal performance in Delaware’s 11-6 win against Lafayette (Feb. 19) • tallied at least one point in 15 consecutive contests.
First Blue Hen to be named to the IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team since 2007 • First Team All-CAA selection • UD Alumni Association Team MVP • CAA Player of the Week (Feb. 25) • led the CAA and finished 21st in the NCAA with 2.93 goals per game • second in the league with four game winning goals in addition to placing third in the CAA with 3.29 points per game (74th NCAA) • led Delaware with 46 points (134th NCAA) off of a team-best 41 goals (70th NCAA) and five assists • also guided the Hens with 34 draw controls, a total good for ninth in UD history • averaged 2.43 draw controls per game (111th NCAA) • tied for second on the team with 86 caused turnovers (1.14 per game/86th NCAA) • posted 2.0 groundballs per game, good for 80th nationally • missed two games with an injury • recorded nine hat tricks, including four straight to kick off year • opened season with five goals against No. 15 Georgetown (Feb. 16) • collected a career-high six goals on eight shots against Temple on March 27 • the six goals tie for a Delaware Stadium record • also recorded a career-high six draw controls against the Owls • scored at least one goal and posted at least one draw control in each game played.
Made an immediate impact as a freshman for the Blue Hens • CAA Rookie of the Year • First Team All-CAA selection • SynapseSports.com National All-Rookie Team • UD Alumni Association Team MVP • IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team • three-time CAA Rookie of the Week • finished in the top 10 in the CAA of four statistical categories • second with 2.33 goals per game (77th NCAA), third with 2.47 groundballs per game (30th NCAA), fifth at 2.60 draw controls per game (89th NCAA) and seventh with 2.60 points per game • tied for the lead at Delaware with 35 goals • led Blue Hens with 11 free position goals on 23 free position shots in addition to 37 groundballs • second on the team with 39 points, 85 shots, 39 draw controls • 39 draw controls tied for fourth all-time in Delaware season history • 14 caused turnovers was good for third on team • tied for third with four assists • finished season with .412 shot percentage (35-85) and .788 shot on goal percentage (67-85) • posted first career goal, along with first career hat trick, at Maryland (2/16) • continued to score four goals in second game of career against Villanova (2/22) • tallied four goals in four different games • totaled six hat tricks in season • scored goals in all but one game • missed two games due to injury • recorded a career-high five points against Villanova (2/22), which is tied for sixth in Delaware Stadium history • eight shots against George Mason (4/22) is good for third in Delaware Stadium history • five draw controls against George Mason (4/22) tied for second in Delaware Stadium history.
Member of the basketball and lacrosse teams at Archbishop Wood High School • earned second team All-Catholic honors in 2009, and first team honors in 2010 and 2011 • named All-American during senior year • basketball team won two state championships in 2010 and 2011 • received third team All-Catholic accolades in 2010 and second team honors in 2011 • four-year honor roll student.
Caitlin Erin McCartney • born March 27, 1993 • daughter of Bryan and Karen McCartney • father played football for Widener • older brother, Bryan, played lacrosse at Villanova, while older brother Sean is a quarterback at West Chester • majoring in health behavior science with a minor in public health • chose Delaware because of the close proximity to home and lacrosse program • started playing lacrosse in the third grade • enjoys skiing, swimming, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Goals: 7 at La Salle, 2/25/15
Assists: 2 vs. Virginia Tech, 3/12/14
Points: 7 at La Salle, 2/25/15
Shots: 10 at William & Mary, 4/8/12
SOG: 8 – 2x, last at La Salle, 2/25/15
FPG: 2 – 9x, last at Villanova, 3/11/15
FGS: 3 – 9x, last at James Madison, 4/19/15
Groundballs: 8 at Monmouth, 3/4/15
Draw Controls: 7 – 3x, last vs. James Madison, 5/1/15 (CAA Tournament)
Caused Turnovers: 7 at Monmouth, 3/4/15