Cardinals head to N.J. to face Lynchburg in NCAA 2nd Round
WASHINGTON – Following a 5-2 victory over Eastern in its first NCAA Tournament game earlier this week, CUA hits the road on Saturday for a second round matchup with Lynchburg. The game will take place in Ewing, N.J. on the campus of The College of New Jersey with the host Lions facing William Smith earlier in the day.
CUA had an impressive debut in the tournament, taking down Eastern 5-2 at home. The Cardinals battled back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to outscore the Eagles 4-0 in the final 37:33 and earn their 17th win of the season, which ties the program record for single season victories.
Kim Hermann, Cassie Sperruzza and Rebecca Lukaszczyk scored for CUA, with Hermann and Sperruzza finding the back of the cage twice. The Cardinals defense was once again strong, particularly in the second half, when it did not allow Eastern to get off a single shot.
CUA enters Saturday's game averaging 3.94 goals per game, while allowing only 0.72. The Cardinals, who have won their last 13 games, have scored at least two goals in each of their last seven games.
Colleen Harwood leads the squad with 14 goals, with Hermann (13), Mary Swarthout (11) and Tracey Scanlon (11) next in line. In goal, Megan Comunale is allowing only 1.18 goals per game, having stopped 59 shots in 912 minutes of action.
CUA's opponent on Saturday, Lynchburg, comes into the game equally as hot, having won 18 straight following a 3-1 loss in its season opener. The Hornets downed Eastern Mennonite 4-0 in the ODAC semifinals before rolling past Randolph-Macon 7-0 in the final. Lynchburg had a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament.
Lynchburg, which has won six straight ODAC titles, will be making its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and 13th overall.
The Hornets possess one of the most potent offensive attacks in the nation, having scored 111 goals this season, good for an average of 5.8 per game. Lynchburg has scored five or more goals in ten games, posting double digit totals three times.
Lindsay Leonard leads the Hornets with 31 goals and 73 points, while Kelli Williams (12), Katie Kline (11), Deanna Smith (11) and Shelly Milks (10) have also scored double-digit goals.
In goal for the Hornets, Tiffany Frye has started all 19 games and posted a goals against average of 0.51 during that time.
CUA and Lynchburg have faced four common opponents this season, including Mary Washington, St. Mary's, Randolph-Macon and Washington and Lee. The Cardinals defeated all four teams, while the Hornets went 4-1, falling to Mary Washington and defeating Randolph-Macon twice.
CUA and Lynchburg will get things started at 2 p.m. on Saturday, following the TCNJ – William Smith showdown. The two winners will then square off on Sunday at 1 with a spot in this year's Final Four on the line. Live stats of Saturday's game can be found here.
For more information on this weekend's second/third rounds at TCNJ, visit the tournament page.