Cardinals run win streak to four, remain unbeaten in Landmark

WASHINGTON – On a cold, wet, afternoon, No. 13 CUA ran its winning streak to four with a 4-1 win over Susquehanna on Saturday inside Cardinal Stadium.  The Cardinals scored just over a minute into the game and led 2-0 at the half and then added two more scores to pull away for the win.

Mary Swarthout put CUA on the board when she scored 1:10 into the contest off a feed from freshman Rebecca Lukaszczyk.

Another shot by Swarthout, this one at the 5:05 mark, went wide, while Lukaszczyk's attempt with 11:49 gone was saved by Erin Ferguson.

At the 13:58 mark Colleen Harwood put the Cardinals in front 2-0 when she scored her third goal of the year.

CUA kept the pressure on for the remainder of the half with nine shots in the final 13 minutes, but Susquehanna was able to keep the Cardinals lead at two as the teams entered halftime.

Early in the second half CUA increased its lead to three when Kim Hermann found the back of the cage for her 13th score of the year at the 37:38 mark.

The shots continued for CUA as the second half moved along with Harwood trying her hand at the 39:32 mark, but it was sent back by the Crusaders second keeper of the day, Margaret Ruth.

Harwood tried again two minutes later but once again Ruth made the stop.

With 15 minutes remaining Maura Campbell got into the act for CUA when she scored off a feed from Swarthout to make it 4-0.

Following the Cardinals goal, Susquehanna called timeout to try and regroup.  The Crusaders came out following the stoppage and Tiffany Collins got a shot off, but Megan Comunale made the save for CUA to keep it a four-goal lead.

At the 64:14 mark Susquehanna finally got on the board when Nicole Solino took a feed from Brodie Ercole and found the back of the cage to make the score 4-1.

That proved to be the final goal for either team as CUA remained unbeaten in the Landmark Conference.

CUA outshot the Crusaders 24-7 for the game, including a 13-0 advantage in the first half.  The Cardinals were awarded 17 penalty corners to just three for Susquehanna.

CUA is back in action on Wednesday, October 5 when the Cardinals host Goucher inside Cardinal Stadium.  Start time is set for 7 p.m.

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