RICHMOND, Va. – Following two wins over Monmouth and Denver this past
week, the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team swept Colonial
Athletic Association weekly accolades as sophomore Caitlin McCartney was
named Co-Player of the Week while freshman Kara Dattellas earned Rookie
of the Week honors.
The 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year, McCartney began her second season of
collegiate play with continued success as she became the first Delaware
player to start the season with three straight hat tricks since
All-American Missy Meharg scored three or more goals in each of the
first five games of the 1985 season.
McCartney, who shared CAA weekly honors with Drexel's Kelli Joran,
picked up three goals each in a 14-6 win at Monmouth and a 7-6 victory
over Denver this past week. Last week, the midfielder put up a
career-high five goals against No. 15 Georgetown. She currently has nine
career hat tricks in just 18 career outings and currently leads the team
Blue Hens with 11 goals on the year.
In the team's nail-biter win against Denver, McCartney posted the first
goal for either team in the second half to give Delaware the 6-5 lead
that they would never relinquish. In addition to the six goals scored,
McCartney finished the week with four groundballs, four caused
turnovers, and one draw control.
"Caitlin stepped up in pressure situations to help us win a two-game
swing," said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville.
Dattellas, a Camillus, N.Y. native, registered one goal on two shots
with nine groundballs and five draw controls for the Hens (2-1) this
past week. She collected a game-high seven groundballs at Monmouth
while winning a team-best four draws in the win.
Through three games this season, Dattellas has tallied two goals on
three shots in addition to leading the team with nine groundballs.
"Kara has stepped up for us in the midfield," Linville remarked. "She is
a smart player. Her game sense helped us in both our settled and
Delaware plays its next two games on the road as the Blue Hens travel to
La Salle Friday for a 7 p.m. draw and to Lehigh on March 5 for a 4 p.m.