Field Hockey Falls in Championship Game
Dinsmore scores in her final CAC career game
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University field hockey squad was hoping for lightening to strike twice this season against the powerful #5 Salisbury Sea Gulls. After beating the Gulls 1-0 in the regular season the one and two seeds faced off in the CAC Championship Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. This time, however, the result was different as Salisbury won 3-1.
CUA took the ball on the first possession and was awarded a penalty corner. But this hope to control the flow of the game was short lived as the potent Salisbury offense took over for the remainder of the half shooting ball after ball at the CUA cage.
Keeper Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding) had a huge game in goal with nine saves in the first 35 minutes and Eileen Wixted (Medford, N.J./Bishop Eustace) added two defensive saves to keep the Sea Gulls out of the goal.
Unfortunately, the big plays were not enough as Salisbury connected on two shots in the first half. At 8:57 Lauren Correll slid the ball past Cassilly off of her own save to go up 1-0. Abby Rowe added a second taking a pass from Danielle Twilley at 26:27.
Looking at a 2-0 deficit the Cards didn't want to go into the half trailing by a pair of scores. Jayme Dinsmore (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) made certain of that with her deflection goal at the left post off a bullet by Melissa Sampson who got the penalty corner ball from Ro Dixon (Ardmore, Pa./Country Day School) at 30:33 to make it 2-1 Salisbury going into the break.
CUA locked down the defense in the second half and had some opportunities but couldn't find the back of the cage. The Sea Gulls scored a security goal at 60:23 off of a penalty corner play making the final 3-1.
CUA was out shot 21-4 and had just three penalty corners to SU's 13. Cassilly registered 12 saves for the game while Maria Romoundos had two for Salisbury.
CUA will not await the NCAA and ECAC selections to see if they receive a bid into post-season play.