September 23, 2011

CUA faces Moravian on the road; game pushed back to Sunday

WASHINGTON – Following one of their most impressive performances of the season earlier this week, the Cardinals head to the Lehigh Valley on Sunday for the start of Landmark Conference action against Moravian.  CUA, which is ranked 14th nationally, is off to a 5-1 start, which includes a 2-0 shutout of No. 11 Mary Washington on Wednesday.

CUA continues to do a great job on the defensive end, limiting its opponents to only 38 shots and six goals through six games.  The Cardinals have posted two shutouts already and outscored their opponents 20-6, including a 16-2 margin at home.

Freshman Kim Hermann leads the Cardinals offensively with five goals and three assists, while Tracey Scanlon has scored four goals and Maura Campbell, Mary Swarthout and Colleen Harwood have added two apiece.  With that quintet leading the way CUA leads the Landmark Conference in scoring margin, scoring average and goals per game.

Defensively, CUA is holding opponents to 0.98 goals per game, with just one having scored more than one goal vs. the Cardinals.  Megan Comunlae has seen the most time in goal, having played 325 minutes, and she has sent back 27 shots during that time.

Like CUA, Moravian is off to a fast start this season with a record of 5-1.  The Greyhounds were last in action on Tuesday when they defeated Neumann 3-1 on the road.

Tori Poliskiewicz is the team's leading scorer with seven points (2 goals, 3 assists), with Catherine Duffin, Briana Van Buskirk, Chelsea Grotyohann and Erica Worthington also having scored multiple goals.

The Greyhounds lead the conference in goals against average (0.49) and rank second in shutouts with three.  Andrea Eck has started all six games in the cage and stopped 26 shots in over 420 minutes.

Last season CUA downed Moravian 7-0 inside Cardinal Stadium.

The Cardinals and Greyhounds will get things going at 1 p.m. on Sunday from Betty Prince Field in Bethlehem, Pa.  The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but due to rain in the area has been pushed back a day.

See what CUA Head Coach Gia Cillizza had to say on Sunday's matchup below.


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