Eagles Down Cards in Landmark
Goal in the final minute sinks CUA
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University field hockey squad allowed a goal in the final minutes of the Landmark Conference championship game and it would prove to be their downfall, as the Juniata Eagles (19-2) went on to win 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. CUA controlled much of the game but the Eagles managed to sneak in the final score dropping the Cards to 11-8 on the season.
The Cardinals came out fired up with Michele Repass (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) taking it into the circle on the first possession. Early in the game it looked as though Carley Walko (Freehold, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) would put CUA ahead but her goal was called off for being too far out. Minutes later CUA got on the board when freshman Tory Gagliardi (Pilesgrove, N.J./Archmere) redirected Meredith Reape's (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria) wide shot to take the lead. CUA held onto possession for much of the first but late in the half Juniata came back with goal that was also called off for a high stick to make it 1-0 Cardinals at the half.
The Eagles got on the board 15 minutes into the second half when Ashleigh Ehnts shot and CUA keeper Marian Cassily (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding) saved it but Kim Wagner controlled the rebound to put it right back in for the equalizer. With time ticking away, it looked as if it would go to overtime but Juniata had one more trick up its sleeve. With just over a minute Juniata came down on a break and Wagner took it deep into the right side of the field. She crossed it back into the circle and Cassilly came out to fall on it but the pass was too quick and it went to a waiting Paula Price who secured the game with a blast to the left corner of the cage making the final 2-1.
Despite the loss, the Cardinals had a solid offensive day with 11 shots to Juniata's six. CUA also held a slight 7-6 advantage in penalty corners. Both keepers notch four saves on the day and Abby Funk had the victory for Juniata.
The Cardinals will now wait for the NCAA and ECAC selections to be to see if they will receive a post season bid.