Cards Sink Marlins 4-0
Banholzer scores for third game in a row
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Catholic University field hockey squad kept up its six-game win streak with a 4-0 win over the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins (3-8) Monday afternoon. With the victory the Cards improve to 7-5 for the season. Freshman Abby Banholzer (Hartland, Wis./Trinity Academy) scored on a penalty stroke for the third game in a row, she entered the game as the Landmark Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week.
The Cardinals dominated the offensive play but didn't get on the board until midway through the first half. Nineteen minutes in, Emily Sencindiver (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) slid the ball into the middle from the left side to find Meredith Reape (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) in the circle to make it 1-0. A minute later Banholzer was awarded her penalty stroke and once again connected to make it three games in a row and put CUA up by two.
The run continued for the Cards just three minutes after the stroke thanks to a goal by Tory Gagliardi (Pilesgrove, N.J./Archmere) off of a pass from Michele Repass (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville). Finally at 31:15, Repass fired a hard shot off of a penalty right over keeper Megan Koster's head to make the score 4-0 going into the break.
Catholic University was unable to find the back of the cage in the second half despite 10 shots, but with solid defense the lack of scoring didn't matter. At the final whistle CUA had held on for the 4-0 victory.
CUA had 19 shots in the game while allowing the Marlins none. The Cardinals also took five penalty corners to their one. Koster had nine saves for the game and also took the loss while Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was awarded the win despite playing just the first half.
Catholic University will have the rest of the week off before traveling to Drew on Saturday for a noon contest.