WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America field hockey team took on the nation's No. 1-ranked team on Wednesday night at Cardinal Stadium and despite a strong effort, the Cards fell to Messiah, 4-0.
Catholic won the penalty corner battle, 9-5, and were outshot just 14-8, but Messiah goalkeeper Shelby Landes made six big saves while Messiah scored twice in each half.
The game was scoreless through the first 20 minutes as neither team could find an edge.
Messiah got is first and second goals in a seven-minute span that saw the Falcons hit wide angle shots that went in on each side of the posts.
Catholic looked to be building momentum late in the period and were awarded a penalty shot late in the first half that could have cut Messiah's lead to one. Senior Rachel Day stepped up and rocketed a shot right to left, but Landes made a full-extension, blocker-out save to keep the Cardinals off the board.
The Falcons had just one more shot than the Cards, 7-6, in the second half and senior goalkeeper Sophia Hamilton matched Landes with four second-stanza saves, but Catholic could not get one to the back of the cage.
Messiah, the reigning national champions, are now winners of their last 27 after an undefeated 2016 campaign. The Falcons are also the third ranked team that Catholic has played this season.
Catholic begins Landmark Conference play on the road this weekend when the Cardinals travel to Susquehanna on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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