Best Female Newcomer
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 02:05
1. Caitlin McCartney (lacrosse)
Freshman midfielder Caitlin McCartney was named to the CAA first team for women’s lacrosse this season. McCartney was also the CAA Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Hens’ freshman to win the award since Nicole Flego won in 2007. She was also named the CAA Rookie of the Week three times this season.
McCartney scored 35 goals this season, which is the most scored by a freshman at Delaware since 1981. Her 35 goals tied for the team lead with sophomore attacker Chelsea Fay. She added four assists, bringing her season points total to 39, the most by a freshman since 2007. She also led Delaware in ground balls with 37.
McCartney, of Doylestown, Pa., burst onto the scene with three goals in her first game as a Delaware player. She continued her hot start by scoring a season high five points against Villanova. Her four goals and one assist helped give the Hens their first win of the season, an 11-7 victory.
She scored multiple points in all but four of the 15 games she appeared in this season. McCartney recorded four goals in games against George Mason, Denver and Villanova. She scored three goals in three other games, as well as two goals in six more games.
Her average of 2.60 goals per game was eight most in the CAA this season. She averaged 2.62 ground balls per game, ranking 28th in the NCAA.
The Hens will look to McCartney to lead the team next year and continue to perform at a high level.
2. Trumae Lucas (basketball)
Junior basketball guard Trumae Lucas began her collegiate career at the University of Florida before transferring to Delaware last year. She sat out the 2010-2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules but was an important player in the Hens’ success this season.
Lucas led Delaware with 3.4 assists per game. She averaged 6.8 points and 1.1 steals per game in 33 appearances this season. Her 35 steals were the third most on the team.
Lucas was an integral part of the Hens team this season that won its first CAA title in school history. Delaware reached the second round of the NCAA tournament where they lost to Kansas. The Hens will look to reach the NCAA tournament again next year and will rely on the experience of players such as Lucas.
2. Akeema Richards (basketball)
Akeema Richards had a similar road to Delaware. She began her collegiate career at West Virginia University and sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
The sophomore guard helped the Hens reach the NCCA Tournament with 6.2 points per game and 1.8 assists per game. Much like Lucas, Richards started 32 games for Delaware. She was fourth on the team in rebounds with 146 rebounds.
3. Andrea Slane (golf)
Andrea Slane was part of the women’s golf team that included only one junior. The other five players were freshmen.
The Hens finished in seventh place in the CAA Tournament April 22 at the St. James Plantation Golf Course, Southport, N.C.
Slane finished fifth at the meet vs. Cal State Monterey Bay at the Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside, Calif. Delaware won the meet 321-308, it was their only first place finish of the year.