September 1, 2012

Cardinals open 2012 season with 4-1 win over Shorewomen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – CUA opened its 2012 season with an impressive 4-1 win at Washington College on Saturday afternoon.  The Cardinals received two goals from sophomore Maura Campbell and the first collegiate goal from freshman Hayley Wright.  Senior Catherine Mirsky also scored on a penalty stroke for the Cards.

Wright scored CUA's first goal of the season a little over 10 minutes into the opening half.  Her score came off a rebound, following a Kim Hermann shot.

Minutes later, shots by Mirsky and Colleen Harwood went wide and were saved, respectively, as CUA kept the pressure on.

The Cardinals limited the Shorewomen to just two shots in the opening half and after Campbell found the back of the cage with 4:32 to play before halftime, CUA went in front 2-0.  Hermann assisted on the goal, which came off a penalty corner.

Washington College was finally able to put something together on offense late in the half, receiving a goal from Hillary Manlon with 1:38 to play.  The score remained 2-1 in favor of the Cards as the teams retired for halftime.

Less than a minute into the second half, Washington College's Claire McAuliffe got a shot off, but Megan Comunale was there for the save to preserve the one-goal advantage.

51 seconds later, Mirsky stepped up for a penalty stroke and converted, to open up a two-goal lead for CUA.

Around the 20-minute mark, the Cardinals unleashed a barrage of shots, including four from Kierra McGovern, one from Ellen Thorburn and one from Rebecca Lukaszcyk. 

Campbell then tried her hand and found the back of the cage for goal number-two and a 4-1 Cardinals advantage.

CUA's defense did the rest of the work from there, holding the Shorewomen scoreless and allowing only five shots down the stretch.

CUA finished with a 25-7 advantage in shots and a 9-7 lead in penalty corners. 

Comunale picked up the win in goal after sending back four shots, while Stephanie Harryman registered 13 saves for the Shorewomen.

CUA is back in action on Wednesday afternoon when the Cardinals travel to face Randolph-Macon.  Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.

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