September 27, 2011

Fast start, strong defense lead CUA to third straight shutout

WESTMINSTER, Md. – CUA scored four first half goals in a span of 22 minutes and never looked back in downing McDaniel 5-0 on Tuesday evening.  The game was delayed for over an hour due to the weather, but that didn't stop the Cardinals offense from scoring and the defense from posting its third straight shutout.

Only seven minutes into the game, Mary Swarthout put the Cardinals on the board when she scored followed a scramble in front of the cage.

Later, with 13 minutes having gone off the clock, CUA got off four consecutive shots, three of which were saved.  Soon after lightning began to strike and the game was halted.

Following a delay of just over an hour the teams headed back out on the field and resumed play.  CUA was awarded a penalty corner soon after the game restarted and then Colleen Harwood knocked in another score to make it 2-0.

Katie Bertrand put the Cardinals in front by three when she found the back of the cage at the 21:33 mark and three minutes later Kim Hermann got into the act to put CUA on top 4-0.

When the teams retired for halftime, CUA had outshot the Green Terror 15-2 and was awarded ten corners, while McDaniel did not have any.

McDaniel was able to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but Swarthout struck in the 66th minute to put the margin at five.

CUA finished the game with an 18-6 advantage in shots and leading 12-3 in corners. Alison Dillard played all 70 minutes in the cage and stopped five McDaniel shots, while Stephanie Tomson sent back six shots for the home team.

Following Tuesday's game, CUA has now outscored teams by a combined margin of 31-6 this season.  The Cardinals are averaging nearly four goals per contest (3.88) and allowing opponents less than one (0.75). 

On Saturday CUA returns home to face Susquehanna inside Cardinal Stadium.  Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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