Patriot Lacrosse Team Members to Play in National Tournament

Posted: May 24, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Six members of the George Mason women’s lacrosse team have been selected to participate in the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament this weekend in Longmeadow, Mass. Seniors Kinsley O’Garrow and Candace Cummings join freshman Jill Toomey as members of the Mid-Atlantic I team, and senior Cara McFadden, sophomore Kerry Miller, and freshman Jamie Tiburzi were chosen to compete with the Mid-Atlantic II squad. A total of 25 teams will compete in the Open Division of the tournament Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at Longmeadow High School. Another 25 high school-level teams also will compete in the tournament in a separate division.

“With us being in such a strong region, this is a high honor for our players,” says George Mason head coach Amy Umbach. “It is an opportunity for them to have a great experience against top competition, particularly for our underclassmen.”

A midfielder, O’Garrow was named to the Division I Brine/IWLCA All-America third team this week after being chosen as a second-team South Region All-American. She also was selected to the All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) first team and was named the CAA “Defender of the Year” earlier this spring. O’Garrow started all 16 games and ranked third on the team this spring with 37 points, second with 16 assists, and tied for third with 21 goals. She led George Mason with 64 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers. For her career, O’Garrow had 65 goals and 27 assists for 92 points in 61 games, including 58 starts. She is George Mason’s career leader with 214 ground balls and 115 caused turnovers, and she is tied for third in goals and fifth in points.

Cummings is a midfielder/defender who started 14 games and tied for third with O’Garrow at 21 goals this season. She also ranked fifth with 25 points and led George Mason with 36 draw controls. For her career, Cummings had 65 goals to tie O’Garrow for third on the all-time list, and her 80 points ranks her sixth. Toomey, an attack player, had an outstanding freshman campaign and started all 16 games. She ranked second on the team with 27 goals and 39 points, and third with 12 assists.

Also starting all 16 games, McFadden is an attack/midfield player who earned first-team All-CAA honors after leading George Mason with 32 goals, 27 assists, and 59 points. Her 27 assists set a single-season Patriot record, and her 59 points rank second and her 32 goals rank fourth for the season. McFadden finishes her career as George Mason’s all-time assists leader with 46, and she ranks third with 72 goals and 118 points. A midfielder/defender, Miller played in 14 games, starting one, and was a solid defensive presence for the Patriots. She ranked 13th on the team with 17 groundballs, and among all players with at least 14 games played, she had the fewest turnovers with three. Tiburzi started all 16 games as George Mason’s goalkeeper and had a 9.97 goals-against average. She set a Patriot single-season record with 192 saves.

George Mason finished the 2000 season with an overall record of 7-9, 4-2 and came in third place in the CAA. Ranked as high as 11th in the nation during mid-March, the Patriots were ranked 19th in the final IWLCA poll.

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