Cardinals race past Drew with five goals and strong defense
SCRANTON, Pa. – After waiting two extra days to play, CUA unleashed a dominating effort vs. Drew on Monday, shutting out the Rangers 5-0. The game was played at the University of Scranton due to a power outage on Drew's campus. The Cardinals outshot the Rangers 25-2, including an 11-0 advantage in the first half.
CUA had a chance early to go ahead, but Maura Campbell's shot at the 2:20 mark went wide, while Tracey Scanlon's attempt two minutes later was stopped by Drew keeper Christiana Carlini.
Colleen Harwood put the Cardinals in front when she scored off an assist from Katie Bertrand at the 20:26 mark for a 1-0 CUA lead. The shot came from just in front of the cage.
With just over 24 minutes gone, Mary Swarthout looked to increase CUA's lead but her attempt sailed wide.
At the 27:59 mark CUA went in front 2-0 when Rebecca Lukaszczyk knocked in a goal. The freshman's first shot was stopped by Carlini, but she stuck with it and gave the Cardinals a two-goal advantage.
Less than a minute later Lukaszczyk was at it again, this time taking a feed from Swarthout and beating Carlini for a 3-0 CUA lead.
Playing with the lead in the second half, CUA's defense was just as stingy as the first, holding the Rangers to only two shots. The first came at the 36:40 mark but was blocked, and the other was taken at the 47:42 mark and went wide.
CUA added to its lead with a goal by Kim Hermann at the 64:32 mark, which came on a shot taken from the right side.
Harwood then put the finishing touches on the win for CUA when she scored off a feed from Tracey Scanlon at the 64:43 mark.
CUA finished with an 11-2 advantage in penalty corners, while starting keeper Megan Comunale was unchallenged and did not have to make any saves during the game. Carlini wound up with nine saves for the Rangers.
Also on Monday, junior Catherine Mirsky was named this week's Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Mirsky played a key role in helping lead CUA to a 2-1 win over No. 1 and previously unbeaten Salisbury last week at home.
Mirsky led the Cardinals defense in limiting the Sea Gulls to just two shots in the entire second half and she also added a defensive save in what at the time was CUA's ninth consecutive win.
CUA returns to action on Wednesday when the Cardinals host the semifinals of the Landmark Conference Tournament inside Cardinal Stadium. CUA's opponent will be determined Monday evening following the conclusion of the Scranton – Juniata contest, which gets underway at 6 p.m.