Cardinals downed by No. 6 Salisbury on the road
SALISBURY, Md. – The Cardinals fell to No. 6 Salisbury on Thursday evening 3-0 in their final non-conference game of the regular season. The Seagulls led 1-0 at halftime and added two more scores late in the second half to drop No. 14 CUA to 12-3 on the season.
CUA out shot Salisbury 11-10 for the game and had seven penalty corners to the Seagulls three. Krystyanna Ramsdell made three saves for the Cardinals in goal and Salisbury goalkeeper Anna Cooke sent back six shots.
"This was a tight game right up until the last few minutes," CUA head coach Gia Cillizza said afterwards. "In the second half we decided to go with more of an aggressive offensive formation, and that has the potential to leave you vulnerable in the back. Salisbury took advantage down the stretch, but we played hard and were right in it until the end."
The Cardinals registered the first shot of the game 4:31 in as Kendall Petschauer challenged Cooke, but the Seagulls keeper made the stop. Salisbury came down the other end and Courtney Webster tried her luck, but the shot went wide.
A shot by Salisbury's Erica Henderson at the 7:28 mark was stopped by Hannah Closson on a defensive save, while Kandice Hancock's penalty stroke only three seconds later was stopped by Cardinals backup goalkeeper Megan Communale.
Nearly midway through the first half Salisbury got on the board when Henderson went top shelf on Ramsdell to give the Seagulls a 1-0 lead. Caitlin Walker assisted on the score.
The next 20 minutes or so were relatively quiet for both teams until CUA got a shot by Emma Dixon at the 33:57 mark that Cooke saved. Soon after Meredith Chandler looked to even the score for the Cardinals but her shot was stopped by Ashley Kisner on a defensive save.
CUA was awarded one more penalty corner and Tory Gagliardi got a shot off, but Cooke made the save and that sent the teams into halftime.
Neither team registered a shot in the second half until nearly 15 minutes had elapsed. That is when Mary Swarthout tried to tie the game, but her shot went wide for CUA.
Several minutes later the Cardinals unleashed a fury of shots, including one by Swarthout and two by Tracey Scanlon, but Cooke stopped a pair and the other was blocked leaving the score at 1-0.
Mary Beth Leo's shot at the 61:14 mark was also stopped by Cooke and a little over two minutes later the Seagulls upped their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Kristina Fuco.
With under a minute to play Henderson scored her second goal of the contest to set the final margin at three.
"The two defensive saves Salisbury had were huge," Cillizza said. "They're a good team who made the most of their opportunities. This was good competition for us as we move into the final game of our regular season and then the playoffs."
CUA closes out its regular season on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to Moravian on Senior Day inside Cardinal Stadium. Game time is set for 2:00.