|Cards survive elements for 14th win||Oct. 16, 2001|
WASHINGTON - The Cardinals added to their winning ways posting a 4-1 win against Villa Julie Tuesday afternoon at DuFour Field, extending their unbeaten streak to 12 games.
The rescheduled match saw possible signs of cancellation during the second half, where rain, wind, and a sudden drop in temperature added to the intensity on the field.
Villa Julie (7-10) quickly surprised the Cardinals gaining a brief lead with a goal at 31:27 by Megan Dugent, assisted by Dawn McFarland. The Mustangs' lone goal became Catholic's wake-up call as the Cardinals answered five minutes later as sophomore Tricia Hines (Churchville, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy) tied it at 1-1 with her tally at 26:19. The Cardinals (14-1, 3-1) continued their strong offense at 16:01 as junior Stephanie Roselle (Tinton Falls, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) scored the go-ahead goal, with an assist by senior Deanna Felicianni (Norristown, Pa./Merion Mercy).
Catholic continued its first-half power surge with yet another goal at 8:25 by senior Maggie Mahoney (Gaithersburg, Md./Stone Ridge), off an assist from Roselle. Sophomore Danielle Deon (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) would score an unassisted goal at 3:31 to close the first-half scoring spree.
The second half of play showed continued intensity coming from the Cardinals as they out-shot the Mustangs 19 to 7. Senior Katie Iannacone (Havertown, Pa./Villa Maria) faced a total of 15 Mustang shots, making 14 saves. With a total of 41 Cardinal shots faced throughout the game, Mustang goaltender Denise Ocasio made 17 saves.
The Cardinals' victory broke the school record of most wins in a season with 13 set in 1998.
Head Coach Lisa Thompson noted, "We're really proud of the girls and their hard work, but we're not finished yet." Assistant Coach Gia Fenoglio added, "The girls seemed unfazed as they persevered through the adverse weather conditions." Catholic University Athletic Director Robert J. Talbot commented that the game was "just unbelievable."
The Cardinals return to action this Thursday as they travel to conference rival York (Pa.). Game time is set for 4 p.m.