Cardinals Stun #4 Salisbury
CUA gives the Sea Gulls their first loss at home since 2000
SALISBURY, Md. - Jayme Dinsmore's (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) goal at 51:55 ended up being one of the most important goals in Catholic University field hockey history. With that one score, the Cardinals (6-4, 2-1 CAC) beat the #4 Salisbury Sea Gulls (9-3, 2-1 CAC) for the first time since 1991 improving the series record to just 2-27-1. After rebounding from a tough four-game losing streak with a win over Randolph-Macon on Saturday, the Cards went into the game knowing that Salisbury had lost two in a row and that the Sea Gulls hadn't lost an improbable three straight since 1993.
The Cardinal defense was what made the difference in the game allowing just one Sea Gull shot during the first half. Unfortunately CUA only managed two shots making the score deadlocked at 0-0 at the break.
The CUA defense stifled the potent Salisbury offense in the second half as the Sea Gulls took seven shots and nine penalty corners but were stopped on every advance. At 51:55 Dinsmore scored the eventual game-winner shooting out of a scramble in front of the cage. CAC Player of the Week Michele Repass (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) slid the ball to Dinsmore who was able to get it by keeper Erin Keenan to go up 1-0.
The Cards barely hung on to their one-goal lead focusing on defense and taking just one shot as well as no penalty corners in the second. Remembering a tough loss in the closing minutes last season, CUA fought until the final whistle with the score still 1-0 in favor of the Cardinals.
Freshman keeper Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding) had five saves for the game while Keenan tallied one. The Cards had just three shots on the afternoon to Salisbury's eight and three penalty corners to the Sea Gulls' nine.
CUA will have no time to rest as the squad gears up for a game at #10 Rowan on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.