By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/30/10
Archbishop Wood rising senior midfielder Cait McCartney has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Delaware.
McCartney was a First team Catholic League pick in 2010 when she led the Vikings (13-6) to their
fifth sixth appearance in the league finals. McCartney, who plays club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal, had 70 goals and 33 assists and was selected to try out for the US Lacrosse U-19 National team.
McCartney will play for new Blue Hens coach Kateri Linville, a former Delaware standout who was an assistant at Notre Dame when McCartney visited South Bend last year.
“When I first visited Delaware I already knew I liked it,” said McCartney, who is considering physical therapy as a major. “I visited Notre Dame and Duke, but it was obvious to me I liked Delaware the most.
“Then when I found out that Kateri got the job at Delaware, I really wanted to go there. I wanted to be closer to home.”
Linville replaced former Ursinus and Temple coach Kim Ciarrocca, a Plymouth Whitemarsh graduate.
McCartney said it was an honor to try out for the U-19 team last month. “It was a great experience,” she said. “It was fun playing with girls from all over the place, and some of them I knew from playing with them while growing up.”
McCartney also is a standout basketball player and helped the Vikings win the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championship last year.
McCartney is confident the Vikes can challenge Archbishop Carroll for the Catholic League crown in 2011. She said the team overachieved in 2010.
“In my sophomore year we had a really good team, so coming into this year (2010) people were thinking we would not be as good,” she said. “The girls surprised me!
“A lot of them just started playing in freshman year and they stepped up. We have a lot of people returning next year. We’re working hard this summer going to camps and hopefully we’ll be right there.”