Cardinals win streak halted by Washington College in 13-6 loss
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Chris Fuccillo's fourth goal of the night pulled CUA into a 6-6 tie with Washington College early in the third quarter on Tuesday, but the Shoremen outscored the Cardinals 7-0 the rest of the way to earn a 13-6 win. The loss snaps CUA's five game win streak.
CUA grabbed a 1-0 lead when Fuccillo scored a little over five minutes into the opening quarter. Bennett Cord answered 38 seconds later for the Shoremen and the game was tied.
The next nine minutes were scoreless until Jim Cusick found the back of the net with only 17 seconds left in the quarter to give WC a 2-1 lead.
Fuccillo's second goal of the night came 48 seconds into the second quarter and came off a feed by Tyler Catalani.
Marc Saxton's score at the 11:45 mark then gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead, but the Shoremen responded with four straight goals, capped by Grant Hughes' with 5:14 to play before halftime.
With just over a minute to go, Catalani took a pass from Fuccillo and beat WC goal keeper Peter Stewart to pull CUA within two at halftime.
17 seconds into the third Fuccillo brought the Cards within one, and less than a minute after that, the game was tied when he scored goal number-four.
Cord put the Shoremen back on top when he scored with 8:39 left in the quarter. Hunter Nowicki and Morgan Braendel then added two more scores to put CUA in a three-goal hole entering the fourth.
Cusick's goal with 13:43 to play gave WC a 10-6 lead and the Shoremen added three more from there to seal the win.
Washington College finished with a 53-24 advantage in shots and a 40-34 advantage in ground balls. CUA's Tom Scotto picked up seven of those ground balls, and also won 10 of 19 face-offs.
Cord totaled five goals for the Shoremen and Stewart finished with 10 saves in goal.
On Saturday, CUA will open Landmark Conference play when the Cardinals play host to Merchant Marine Academy. Opening face-off from inside Cardinal Stadium is set for 1 p.m.