University of Delaware Freshman Caitlin McCartney Collects Third CAA Rookie of the Week Accolades for Women’s Lacrosse
April 23, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. -- Behind a seven-goal week, University of Delaware freshman midfielder Caitlin McCartney earned Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week accolades women’s lacrosse the for the third time this season.
McCartney scored a trio of goals as the Blue Hens nearly pulled a big upset over James Madison on Friday and netted another four goals two days later to lift the Blue Hens to a 13-8 CAA victory over George Mason.
“Caitlin is a talented athlete who is willing to do the work to take her game to the next level," said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. "She trained hard in the off-season, got extra reps outside of practice, watched film, studied the game plan and executed on game day. This weekend, Caitlin played determined to win two games and it showed in her leadership and productivity on the field. Caitlin is a synergy kid, when she brings her best game her teammates are eager to step up and match it. I am proud of the teams efforts this weekend and happy to see Caitlin receive the recognition she deserves as a standout freshmen.”
Delaware led by as many as three goals and held at least a share of the lead for all but the final minutes of the game as James Madison edged the Blue Hens 12-11 in a wire-to-wire contest on Friday. McCartney was a force for the Hens against the Dukes as she scored three goals and converted 2-of-2 of her free position attempts. She also won a team-high four draw controls and scooped up one groundball.
In Delaware’s victory over George Mason, McCartney netted a career high-tying four goals for her sixth hat trick of the season en route to an admirable 35-goal year, the most for a Blue Hen freshman since Nicole Flego netted 36 goals during the 2007 season. She also won five draw controls and scooped up two groundballs.
Overall, McCartney finished off the week in an all-around hard-fought effort as she scored seven goals to go with nine draw controls,three groundballs, and one caused turnover.