September 17, 2011

Late goal sends No. 11 CUA to its first loss of 2011

GLASSBORO, N.J. – No. 11 CUA suffered its first loss of 2011 on Saturday afternoon, falling to the No. 10 Rowan Profs by a score of 3-2.  After falling behind early, CUA (4-1) battled back to take a 2-1 halftime lead, but a pair of second half goals by Rowan (5-2) propelled the home team to the win.

After CUA's Colleen Harwood took the game's first shot at the 3:13 mark, Rowan's Rachael Dix took one of her own, but it was blocked. 

At the 6:18 mark, Rowan struck for the first goal when Julie Cairone deflected in a shot off of a penalty corner to give the Profs a 1-0 lead.

Following the Rowan goal CUA went on the attack, taking five shots in a span of less than two minutes.  The fifth shot was the charm for the Cardinals, finding the back of the cage to knot the score at one apiece.  Kim Hermann tallied the score when she scored on a rebound.

The Cardinals continued to keep the pressure up with 10 of the game's next 12 shots, including one from Hermann that gave CUA its first lead at the 29:45 mark.  Maura Campbell assisted on the score when she passed the ball into Hermann, who deflected it into the cage.

That wound up being the final score of the half and the Cardinals took their one-goal lead into intermission.

A little over eight minutes into the second, Rowan tied things at two when Dix scored on a shot to the left side of the cage.   

From there it was a battle to see who would strike next.  CUA's Tracey Scanlon looked to give the Cardinals the lead at the 45:48 mark, but her shot was saved.  Two minutes later, Katie Bertrand's shot went wide.

Rowan attempted back-to-back shots around the 50-minute mark, but the first sailed wide and the next was sent back by CUA's Megan Communale.

With under ten to play Dix unleashed a shot that hit the post, while Laura DiMenna's attempt at the 61:39 mark was saved.

As the clock neared the 63-minute mark, Dix beat Communale with a shot off of a rebound to put the Profs on top, but CUA still had time to try and force overtime.

Scanlon's shot at the 65:26 mark was saved, as was Bertrand's two minutes later.  The Cardinals were then awarded a penalty corner with under 30 seconds remaining, and Colleen Harwood got a shot off, but it went wide and time ran out on CUA.

CUA out shot the Profs 25-14 on the afternoon and held a 15-5 advantage in penalty corners.  Communale finished with seven saves and for Rowan, Jen Goldberg totaled 11 of the team's 14 stops.

The Cardinals will return to action on Wednesday evening when they play host to Mary Washington inside Cardinal Stadium. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

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