May 8, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland junior Caitlyn McFadden headlines the 2009 ACC Women's Lacrosse individual postseason honors, as announced by the league office on Friday. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and 2008 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American is recognized alongside teammate Karri Ellen Johnson and Terrapin head coach Cathy Reese.
McFadden, a finalist for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy, an award annually given out to the nation's top women's lacrosse player, has racked up a team-best 77 points this season for the undefeated Terps. The Phoenix, Md., native ranks in the top three in goals (48), assists (29), points (77), ground balls (23), draw controls (36), and caused turnovers (17) for second-ranked Maryland, while also ranking 11th in points, 37th in goals and 23rd in assists nationally. A tri-captain for Maryland, McFadden has led a youth-laden squad that did not regularly start a senior to an unblemished regular season, an ACC championship and the program's 20th consecutive bid to the NCAA tournament.
McFadden was also tabbed ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Most Valuable Player in addition to landing on the All-ACC team for the second-straight season. This year's Player of the Year honor marks the fourth time in ACC women's lacrosse history that it has been given to the same person who won the league's championship MVP. It is the third-straight season Maryland has owned the honor, as departed senior Dana Dobbie won in both 2007 and 2008.
Reese, who is only in her third season at the helm of the Maryland program, led the Terps to an unblemished 19-0 2009 record, including a convincing 5-0 ACC mark. The honor marks the Ellicott City, Md., native's second ACC Coach of the Year title as Reese returned to her alma mater in 2007 and guided the Terps to a 16-4 record, including a first-place finish in the ACC en route to collecting her first Coach of the Year award. This season, Reese's Terps have paced the ACC in goals, assists, points, shots and shot percentage, while tallying the team's highest win total since 2001.
Johnson, a rookie attacker, helped pace the second-ranked Terrapins with a team- and conference-high 65 goals this season. That marks the highest single-season total for a freshman in Maryland program history and is tied for seventh among all players. The newcomer from Annapolis, Md., earned Player of the Week honors twice this season, in addition to being named to both the All-ACC team and the league All-Tournament team. Johnson also ranked second in points in the conference.
Maryland will battle Colgate at noon on Sunday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park in first round NCAA tournament action.