WASHINGTON – After nearly 66 minutes of scoreless field hockey, Katie Bertrand found the back of the cage for CUA with the eventual game-winner in a 2-0 win for the No. 12 Cardinals on Friday vs. Scranton. Mary Swarthout added CUA's second score on Senior Night to extend the Cardinals winning streak to eight and keep them unbeaten in the Landmark Conference.
Scranton goalkeeper Alexandria Marandino frustrated CUA for most of the night, turning back 17 shots in the game. But the Cardinals never relented and eventually broke through with a pair of scores in the final minutes.
Despite not scoring for most of the game, CUA did control the action on Friday, outshooting the Royals by a 28-1 count and finishing with a 15-1 advantage in penalty corners.
Kim Hermann took two of those shots during the early going, but both were sent back by Marandino.
A penalty corner by Hermann at the 9:33 mark led to a shot from Maura Campbell just seconds later, but as she did for most of the night, Marandino stepped up and made the save.
At the 26:50 mark, Laura Megargel got off a shot for Scranton, but CUA's Megan Comunale was there for the save.
Rebecca Lukaszcyk took the final shot of the opening half with just over two minutes to play, but Marandino registered her ninth save up to that point to send the teams into halftime knotted at zero.
The shots kept coming for CUA in the second half, but the Cardinals simply could not put one in the back of the cage.
Tracey Scanlon tried her luck at the 45:19 mark but the shot went wide, and she tried again two minutes later, but Marandino made the save.
With time winding down and less than five minutes to play, CUA finally broke through when Bertrand scored following a scrum in front of the cage. The ball was inserted on a penalty corner and the freshman got free and knocked it in for a 1-0 Cardinals lead.
Three minutes later Swarthout put the game out of reach with her eighth goal of the season off a feed from Campbell.
Prior to the game, CUA honored its senior class of Mary Beth Leo, Tracey Scanlon, Mary Swarthout and Erin Thomas. With that quartet leading the way over the last four years, the Cardinals have won 55 games, including a school-record 17 last year.
CUA will return to action on Tuesday evening when the Cardinals host No. 1 Salisbury inside Cardinal Stadium. Start time is slated for 6 p.m.