CUA falls to Mary Washington 2-1 in battle of top-10 teams

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – No. 8 CUA fell to No. 7 Mary Washington 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon in a battle of top-10 teams.  All three goals were scored in the opening half, with CUA's coming from Hayley Wright in the 18th minute.  Courtney Rampey answered with the eventual game-winner one minute later for the Eagles.

Nine minutes into the game, Mary Washington was awarded a penalty corner, which led to a shot from Lisa Charney, but CUA's Megan Comunale was there for the save.

Two minutes later, Jenna Steele put the Eagles on the board when she scored off an assist from Caitlin Baker.

CUA's Colleen Harwood got off back-to-back shots near the 16-minute mark, but the first was blocked and Claire Gianelle made the save on the second.

Just one minute later, Wright scored for the Cardinals to tie things at one.

The quick scoring continued when Rampey took a feed from Steele and scored to put the home team back in front 2-1.

Soon after the goal, Mary Washington had a chance to add to its lead with three straight shots, but Comunale stopped the first two and the third was wide.

More shots came from UMW in the next several minutes, but Comunale continued to stand tall for CUA, stopping three more of them, to keep the deficit at one.

Just before halftime, CUA was awarded two penalty corners, but Rebecca Lukaszczyk and Wright both had their shots go wide.

Two more corners were awarded to CUA early in the second, but Gianelle stopped Kiera McGovern's attempt following the second corner to keep the Eagles in front.

Two consecutive shots by Mary Washington near the 49-minute mark were stopped by Comunale, as the CUA goalkeeper did all she could to keep the Cardinals in it.

CUA remained aggressive down the stretch, with Lukaszczyk taking a shot at the 63:43 mark that was saved and Harwood trying her hand one minute later, but her attempt was also saved.

With less than two minutes to play, CUA called a timeout, and following the stoppage, the Cardinals were awarded a penalty corner.  CUA then worked the ball around to Maura Campbell, but Gianelle made the save and soon after, the game was over.

Mary Washington finished with a 14-13 advantage in shots, while CUA was awarded nine of the 13 penalty corners on the day.

Comunale stopped nine shots for the Cards and Gianelle sent back eight for the home team.

On Saturday, CUA will head to Pennsylvania to take on Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference matchup.  Start time is set for 1 p.m.

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