Jan. 8, 2010
BALTIMORE - Senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden has been tabbed Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason National Player of the Year, as announced by the publication.
McFadden, who helped guide the U. S. to a gold medal in the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague this summer, was tabbed IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year last season along with a clean sweep of every ACC honor, including Player of the Year, Tournament Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist ended the 2009 campaign with 54 goals, 31 assists and 37 draw controls. The Phoenix, Md., native has started in every match since her arrival to College Park in 2007 and is one-goal shy of 100 career goals as a Terp.
Additionally, Maryland landed in the number two slot in the magazine's NCAA Division I Women's Preseason Top 25 Poll, behind five-time defending national champion Northwestern. The Terps are the highest-ranked ACC squad and join conference foes North Carolina, Duke and Virginia in the poll's top ten. Maryland bowed out in the NCAA semifinals last season, finishing the season with a 21-1 record while also picking up an ACC Championship.
Maryland returns all 12 starters from last season including McFadden and 2009 Tewaaraton nominees Karri Ellen Johnson and Sarah Mollison. The Terps open the 2010 season at home against Richmond on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Top 25 Poll
3. North Carolina
9. Notre Dame
13. Boston University
16. Ohio State
19. James Madison
20. William & Mary