NEWARK, Del. – For the second consecutive year, sophomore Caitlin McCartney earned team Most Valuable Player honors as the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse squad announced its 2013 team award winners this week based on a team vote.

Also taking home an award were senior Angela Biciocchi and freshmen Erin Wein and Abigail Wheble. Biciocchi picked up the Janet Smith “Grit Award” for the second straight season while Wein earned the nod as the Most Improved Player as a rookie. Wheble was tabbed for the Team Sportsmanship Award.

McCartney continues to add to a long list of career accolades as the midfielder was tabbed as IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team selections earlier this month.

McCartney, the 2012 CAA Rookieof the Year, led Delawarein numerous categories during her sophomore campaign. The midfielder posted a team-best 46 points with 41 goals, the most for UD since the 2008 season, while collecting nine hat tricks in 14 games played.  McCartney also guided the team with 34 draw controls while finishing second with 28 groundballs and 16 caused turnovers.

The Doylestown, Pa. native led the league in goals per game (2.93), which is good for 22nd nationally, and game-winning goals (four).  McCartney finished fourth with 3.29 points per game.

Biciocchi, the team captain, anchored a Blue Hen defense that ranks second in the CAA and 16th nationally with 8.56 goals against per game, the lowest average at UD since 2009.  She led the team with 35 groundballs and was third with 15 caused turnovers. 

For her efforts, Biciocchi was also named to the All-CAA First Team and garnered IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honors this past season.

The Potomac, Md. native helped guide UD to the first win over a ranked opponent since 2009 with a 10-9 victory over No. 11 Loyola, the highest ranked win in program history since 2000.

Wein started all 16 games for Delaware as a freshman and led the team in caused turnovers (18) and finished third with 24 groundballs.  Earlier this month she was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team.

Wheble collected the Team Sportsmanship Award in her rookie campaign. The defender saw action in 13 games for the Blue Hens and tallied five groundballs, four caused turnovers and three draw controls.

Biciocchi, Wein and Wheble all contribute a defensive unit at Delaware that is currently second in the CAA and 27th nationally with 8.5 caused turnovers per game. Additionally, the Hen defense is third in the CAA and 38th inthe NCAA with 16.25 groundballs per contest.