Sampson's Goal Sends CUA to CAC
Dinsmore scores her 14th of the season
WASHINGTON - Freshman Melissa Sampson (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) has not been a prolific scorer for Catholic University field hockey (12-6) this season. The midfielder has only taken ten shots on the year and started as many games. On Wednesday afternoon, however, Sampson's high-powered shots were enough to take down the Mary Washington Eagles (12-7) and advance her team to the CAC final for the second year in a row.
"I'm just really excited that I could help my team get to the CAC championship, especially with my first goal," said Sampson. "When I step to the line I am nervous but if I don't convince myself I can do it, I will never be successful."
Sampson as well as senior Jayme Dinsmore (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) put on a strong showing in the second half to get the win and advance to play Salisbury in the finals.
The first half was scoreless with the evenly-matched squads unable to break the deadlock. Starting the second stanza, the Eagles gained some momentum early on with a goal off of a scramble in the circle. Chelsea Brown was able to get her stick on it and slide the ball past keeper Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding) to go up 1-0.
CUA worked hard to get the ball back into Mary Washington territory and was awarded their fifth penalty corner of the game at 48:21. Ro Dixon (Ardmore, Pa./Country Day Sacred Heart) hit it in to Sampson who fired a shot towards the goal. The ball deflected off of Dinsmore's stick to sneak in past Katherine Brown evening the score.
With twenty minutes remaining, the Eagles went on the offensive but Cassilly and the Cardinal defense was able to shut down every advance. In one series Cassilly saved three hard shots near the goal in a 15 second span to save the go-ahead score.
With two minutes remaining, CUA was awarded another penalty corner which they knew could be their last. CUA ran the same play to Sampson who fired her shot dead on into the goal making it 2-1. The Eagles couldn't come back as the seconds ticked off giving CUA the win.
The Cards took 11 shots and 12 penalty corners while Mary Washington had seven and four respectively. Brown and Cassilly both had five saves for the game.
Number one seed CUA will play the two seed Salisbury on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. Game time for the CAC Championship is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.