Delaware Women’s Lacrosse Places McCartney, Biciocchi on IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team
May 24, 2012
File Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- A pair of University of Delaware standouts capped impressive seasons Thursday as freshman midfielder Caitlin McCartney (at right) and junior defender Angela Biciocchi earned spots on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region second team.
McCartney and Biciocchi (below left) were among 128 NCAA Division I student-athletes honored among the teams in each of the four regions, including 32 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. They were also among 10 Colonial Athletic Association players honored.
“Angela and Caitlin are the type of athletes who make big plays when big plays are needed,” said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville, who recently completed her second season at the helm of her alma mater. “Both of them were top performers for us on gameday. It is great to see two of Delaware's top athletes garner the respect of the coaches in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is exciting to think that we get another year to work with Angela, who will be a senior next season, and another three years to work with Caitlin, who will be a sophomore next year.”
McCartney, a native of Doylestown, Pa. (Archbishop Wood High School), was one of nation’s top freshmen this past season and was one just three freshmen named to the Mid-Atlantic Region team and one of just nine rookies recognized nationally. She is the first Delaware freshman to earn all-region honors since Nicole Flego was a second team pick in 2007.
The 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, McCartney earned first team All-CAA honors and was selected as the Blue Hens’ UD Alumni Association Team Most Valuable Player. She also was a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week.
She tied for the team lead in goals with 35 tallied and was second in total points with 39, just two below team leader Chelsea Fay. She scored three or more goals in a game six times, including a season-high four vs. Denver, Villanova, and George Mason and three in her collegiate debut vs. then No. 2 ranked Maryland. She also led the team in free position goals (11) and groundballs (37), was second in draw controls (39), and was third in caused turnovers (14).
Biciocchi, a three-year letterwinner and a history major from Potomac, Md. (Winston Churchill HS), was a first team All-CAA selection and was one of just five Blue Hen players to start all 17 games this past spring.
As the team’s top match-up defender, Biciocchi was responsible for limiting the offensive output of the opponents’ top attacker. The Hens relied on her to start its offensive transition by collecting groundballs, causing turnovers, and winning draw controls.
The team’s Janet Smith “Grit Awards” winner for competitiveness and determination, she ranked second on the team with 16 caused turnovers, including three each vs. Penn State and Denver, and was third with 30 groundballs and 24 draw controls. She also scored three goals and dished out an assist on the year.
For her career, she has played in 52 games and contributed five goals, 57 groundballs, 30 draw controls, and caused 30 turnovers.