Cards Fall in Penalty Strokes
Marks first conference loss for field hockey
MADISON, N.J. - The Catholic University field hockey squad suffered its first conference defeat Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 loss to the Drew Rangers (9-4, 2-1 Landmark) which came down to penalty strokes. The Cards were up early but surrendered the lead late in the half and were later forced into double overtime before moving to penalty strokes to decide the winner. CUA falls to 7-6 win the loss and 3-1 in Landmark conference play.
Ro Dixon (Ardmore, Pa./Country Day Sacred Heart) scored right out of the gate finding the back of the cage less than a minute in from the middle of the circle to go up 1-0. Lauren Fabrizio tied it up in the 30th minute when she found a rebound off of a free hit near her stick and slid it past keeper Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding). This made it 1-1 going into the break.
Carley Walko (Freehold, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Michele Repass (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) both had near-goals late in the second half with the score still knotted at one. Despite their efforts, the Rangers managed to thwart every CUA advance forcing overtime after 70 minutes of play. Early in the first period the Cardinals took target practice at the Ranger goal but keeper Stef Rutkowski saved every shot. Cassilly had her share of heroics in goal as she stopped a late shot with a diving save. After two overtimes the teams went to penalty strokes to decide the game.
Cassily stopped three shots allowing just shooters two and three to score. The Cardinals were unfortunately not on target as Rutkowski saved one and five, Repass made the second and the final two attempts went wide to give Drew the 2-1 overtime victory.
Drew had 16 shots to CUA's 14 and took 11 penalty corners while the Cards were awarded three. Cassilly had eight saves on the day and the loss while Rutkowski notched ten saves as well as the win.
The Cards will have little time to recover as they battle the Villa Julie Mustangs on Sunday at Cardinal Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.