Catholic University Cardinals

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Catholic University Cardinals
Logo
University The Catholic University of America
Conference Landmark Conference & Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Sean M. Sullivan
Location Washington, D.C.
Varsity teams 21
Football stadium Cardinal Stadium
Basketball arena Raymond A. DuFour Center
Baseball stadium Robert J. Talbot Baseball Field
Soccer stadium CUA Soccer Field
Mascot Red the Cardinal
Nickname Cardinals
Fight song C.U. Marching Song
Colors
     Red (PMS 1805)       black
Website www.cuacardinals.com

The Catholic University of America's intercollegiate sports teams are called the Cardinals (after the bird northern cardinal), and they compete in the NCAA's Division III. They are primarily members of the Landmark Conference, and associate members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (football). The team colors are red (PMS 1805) and black.[1]

Catholic celebrates Homecoming in the fall to coincide with a home football game.

Origin of the name[edit]

Originally known as the Red and Black after the colors they wore, Catholic University's athletes came to be known as the Cardinals (often the Flying Cardinals, occasionally the Fighting Cardinals) in the mid-1920s.[2]

Varsity teams[edit]

Men's Women's
Basketball Basketball
Soccer Soccer
Lacrosse Lacrosse
Cross Country Cross Country
Tennis Tennis
Swimming & Diving Swimming & Diving
Indoor Track & Field Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field
Baseball Softball
Football Field Hockey
Volleyball

History[edit]

  • From the founding of the NCAA in 1906 through 1955, institutions were not separated into competitive divisions, and CUA won a national championship in boxing (1938). The football team appeared in two major bowl games (the 1936 Orange Bowl, which they won and the 1940 Sun Bowl, which they tied).
  • From 1956 through 1972, teams were classified into University Division (major college) and College Division (small college). The Cardinals competed in the latter. During that period, the men's basketball team classified for the 1964 post season tournament.
  • NCAA re-organized into three divisions in 1973, and CUA opted for the Division II level during the 1973-76 seasons, winning two national individual titles in track & field. CUA stayed as member of the Mason-Dixon Conference.
  • In 1976, CUA moved to Division I, competing for five years (1976–81). As independent first, and as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association later (1979-1981). During that period, the baseball team played the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
  • President Edmund Pellegrino decided to drop the athletic programs to Division III and Catholic finally moved in the academic year of 1981-82, joining the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. In 1989 Catholic became a charter member of the Capital Athletic Conference, leaving the conference in 2007 to join, again as a charter member, the Landmark Conference. During this period at Division III, the men's basketball team won the national championship in 2001.

Boxing[edit]

As a team, CUA won the national title in 1938. Besides, two cardinals won individual championships:

  • David Bernstein won the 1938 national championship in the 115-pound weight class.
  • "Bingo" Stant Jr. won the 1939 national championship in the 165-pound weight class.

The NCAA discontinued boxing in 1961.

Football[edit]

The football team appeared in two major bowl games (the 1936 Orange Bowl, which they won and the 1940 Sun Bowl, which they tied). In the fall of 2008, already in Division III, the team went to the ECAC Southeast Bowl and defeated Johns Hopkins University 18-17 to give the Cards their first post season win since 1936.

Year Bowl Opponent Result
1936 Orange Bowl Mississippi W 20-19
1940 Sun Bowl Arizona State T 0-0
2008 ECAC Southeast Bowl Johns Hopkins W 18-17

The team has made three consecutive trips to the Division III playoffs.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
1997 1st Trinity University L 33-44
1998 1st Lycoming College L 14-49
1999 1st McDaniel College L 16-20

Baseball[edit]

In 1977, the Catholic University Cardinals played the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship after winning the ECAC District II championship.

Cardinals' NCAA D-I Tournament history
Year Opponent Won/Lost Result
1977
Seton Hall University W 4-3
Temple University L 3-10
St. John's University L 3-8
Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2011
Mid-Atlantic Regional Kean University W 3-2
Mid-Atlantic Regional Misericordia University L 0-4
Mid-Atlantic Regional Johns Hopkins University L 2-7
2015
Mid-Atlantic Regional Alvernia University L 2-3
Mid-Atlantic Regional Johns Hopkins University L 3-15

Basketball[edit]

Men's[edit]

The 1943-44 men's basketball team won the Mason-Dixon Conference title and made the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team played in Madison Square Garden, losing to Dartmouth and Temple.

Cardinals' NCAA D-I Tournament history
Year Opponent Won/Lost Result
1944
Dartmouth College L 38-63
Temple University L 35-55

The 1963-64 season, Catholic played the NCAA College Division (Division II) Tournament at Hofstra, losing to Hofstra and Philadelphia.

Cardinals' NCAA D-II (College Division) Tournament history
Year Opponent Won/Lost Result
1964
Hofstra University L 91-92 (2OT)
Philadelphia Textile L 64-94

The men's basketball team won the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship and was the only program in Division III to reach the Sweet Sixteen five consecutive seasons, from 1998-2002. They also reached the postseason in 1993, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2015.[3]

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
1993 1st Stockton State College L 91-106
1996 1st Cabrini College L 65-85
1998
2nd Johns Hopkins University W 67-62
Sectional Semifinals Hunter College L 82-84 (2 OT)
1999
1st Lebanon Valley College W 77-72
2nd Goucher College W 73-69
Sectional Semifinals William Paterson University L 71-79
2000
2nd Christopher Newport University W 65-64
Sectional Semifinals William Paterson University W 57-52
Sectional Finals Franklin & Marshall College L 74-85
2001
1st City College of New York W 82-65
2nd Widener University W 69-67
Sectional Semifinals State University of New York at Brockport W 69-64
Sectional Finals Clark University W 82-78
National Semifinals Ohio Northern University W 82-76
Championship William Paterson University W 76-62
2002
2nd Hampden–Sydney College W 74-66
Sectional Semifinals Clark University L 72-75
2003 2nd Montclair State University L 78-95
2004
1st SUNY-Old Westbury W 75-50
2nd Gwynedd–Mercy College L 72-74 (OT)
2006 1st Widener University L 59-61
2007
1st Messiah College W 37-58
2nd Lincoln University L 70-81
2013
1st College of Staten Island W 67-61
2nd Williams College L 78-89
2015
1st Alvernia University W 87-80
2nd Randolph–Macon College L 65-78

Women's[edit]

The 2011-12 women's basketball team won the Landmark Conference title and made the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2013 they won their second straight Landmark Conference title and again received the LC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, repeating in 2015.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2012 1st Muhlenberg College L 54-63
2013
1st Cabrini College W 52-44
2nd Widener University L 56-57
2015 1st University of New England L 50-54

Track & field[edit]

The track & field team has produced three individual national champions:

  • Mark Robinson won the NCAA Division II 800 meter outdoor championship in 1974 and 1975.
  • Carolyn Hughes won the national championship in the 800 meters at the 1982 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships.
  • Tom Caffrey won the national championship in the 1500 meters at the 1991 Division III Track & Field Championships.

Swimming[edit]

The men's swim team has won four Capitol Athletic Conference titles and three National Catholic Division III championships, while women's swimming has won a Catholic Division III title. The swimming program has two individual national titles as well:

  • Keats Baugher won the national college division (Division II) championship in the 200 and 400 individual medley in 1965.

Lacrosse[edit]

Men's[edit]

The men's lacrosse team went to the NCAA tournament in 2015 after winning the conference title.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2015 1st Gettysburg College L 3-19

Women's[edit]

In 2008, the women's lacrosse team went undefeated in the inaugural year of the Landmark Conference and won the Conference post-season tournament, garnering a birth in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, and making it to the regional finals where they lost to Salisbury University. The team has won the Landmark Conference Tournament in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2008
1st Christopher Newport University W 18-16
2nd Rowan University W 15-9
Sectional Finals Salisbury University L 7-18
2009
1st Messiah College W 9-8 (OT)
2nd University of Mary Washington W 19-14
Sectional Finals Salisbury University L 14-18
2010
1st Christopher Newport University W 19-9
2nd Salisbury University L 9-18
2011
1st University of Mary Washington W 18-10
2nd The College of New Jersey L 9-15
2012
1st Christopher Newport University W 18-5
2nd University of Redlands W 17-10
Regional Final Salisbury University L 6-13
2014 2nd Franklin & Marshall College L 11-17
2015
2nd Western New England University W 22-5
Sweet 16 University of Mount Union W 21-8
Elite Eight SUNY Cortland L 12-13

Soccer[edit]

Men's[edit]

The men's soccer team went to the NCAA tournament in 2009, 2010, 2013 (at-large bid) and 2014.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2009 1st Lynchburg College L 0-3
2010 1st Ohio Wesleyan University L 1-2
2013 1st Franklin & Marshall College L 0-1
2014
1st United States Coast Guard Academy W 2-0
2nd Muhlenberg College L 0-0 (2OT)
3-5 (pen)

Women's[edit]

Women's soccer went undefeated in the CAC in 2005 and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, repeating in 2009 and 2014 as LC champions.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2005 1st Lynchburg College L 1-5
2009 1st Lynchburg College L 1-3
2014
1st Hanover College W 3-2
2nd Carnegie Mellon University L 1-2 (OT)

Field hockey[edit]

The field hockey team advanced to the 2001 ECAC Southern Region championship game and won the ECAC title in 2010. In 2011 CUA won its first conference championship, which propelled the Cardinals to their first-ever NCAA Tournament.[4] They won the conference title again in 2012,[5] and 2013.[6] In 2014, the team earned an at-large bid and a first round bye to big dance.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2011
1st Eastern University W 5-2
2nd Lynchburg College L 0-2
2012 1st Lynchburg College L 3-4 (OT)
2013
1st Messiah College W 2-1 (OT)
2nd DePauw University W 1-0 (OT)
Elite Eight Christopher Newport University L 0-1
2014
2nd Messiah College W 2-0
Elite Eight The College of New Jersey L 0-1

Volleyball[edit]

The volleyball team made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2001 and followed it up in 2002.

Cardinals' NCAA D-III Tournament history
Year Round Opponent Won/Lost Result
2001
2nd Gettysburg College W 3-1 (30-22, 30-19, 22-30, 30-27)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Final Juniata College L 0-3 (20-30, 19-30, 13-30)
2002 Mid-Atlantic Regional Final Ohio Northern University L 0-3 (21-30, 24-30, and 15-30)

Softball[edit]

Softball has an ECAC Southern Region title.

Songs[edit]

Alma mater songs[edit]

The official Alma Mater Song was adopted in 1920, when students organized a contest for an alma mater song, open to the then all-male student body. The winner was Hail CUA (lyrics by Robert H. Mahoney and music by Victor Herbert), but second-place winner Guardian of Truth (music and lyrics by Thomas J. McLean) became more popular over the years.[7][8]

Fight song[edit]

The cardinal's fight song is C.U. Marching Song (1931):[9] (Music by Michael J. MacDonald & Lyrics by Clement Ducy)[10]

Sing a song of C.U.A. for all the world to hear,
Drink a toast to Alma Mater, praise her far and near,
Make a vow you'll e'er be true and do what she taught right,
Whether we win or whether we lose, we'll never give up the fight,
Down the field the men in red and black go marching on
To victory, to victory,
Driving all before them in the struggle toward the goal
Of victory, of victory.
Onward we're marching with all our might,
Marching for C.U. never yielding, ever cheering, FIGHT!
Forever onward we're marching to victory,
For the Red and Black is winning
For C.U.A. it's Fight, Fight, Fight.
Crimson and Black are above all the rest.
Always a shout and a cheer, FIGHT!
Always our colors stand out with the best,
Onward forever against any odds,
Bringing the victory near.

CUA songs and cheers[edit]

Students supporting the games in the early 1900s created the following songs and chants to inspire high spirits:[11]

CUA (CU Will Shine)[edit]

On, CUA, we’re rooting for you
And we know you’ll win today,
So battle hard, whatever befall you
For the name of CUA (Rah-Rah)
Go down the field,
And cross the goal line
With that CU pep and fight,
And when the grand old game is over,
CUA will shine tonight.
CU will shine tonight
CU will shine,
CU will shine tonight,
All down the line.
CU will shine tonight,
CU will shine,
When the sun goes down and the moon comes up,
CU will shine.

Drink a Highball[edit]

Drink a highball at nightfall,
Be good fellows while you may,
For tomorrow may bring sorrow,
So tonight let’s all be gay,
Tell the story of the glory,
Of the Catholic Univerrsity,
Drink a highball,
Let’s be jolly --
Here’s the health of CUA.

Flying Cardinals[edit]

Fight Hard, Hit Hard, Buck that line!
Every man must do his part for victory!
For the honor of the red and black,
We stand behind the fighting varsity!
With our colors proudly flying high,
We will march today to victories new!
We all will back you to the limit,
Fight hard every minute,
Victory come to old CU.
Give three cheers for CU!
RAH RAH
Let us banish fear for vict’ry!
RAH RAH RAH
Everybody up!
Everybody shout
To our fighthing boys of CUA!
We cheer, boys!

National team championships[edit]

Division I[edit]

Division III[edit]

Notable athletes[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]