April 28, 2012

CUA falls to Scranton in regular season finale; Fuccillo ties record

SCRANTON, Pa. – CUA fell behind Scranton 9-1 late in the second quarter on Saturday and the Cardinals were never able to recover, dropping a 13-7 decision in the regular season finale.  Senior Chris Fuccillo scored once on the afternoon, which ties him with Conor Kelly for the most goals in school history with 146.

Scranton controlled the action in this one from the beginning, racing out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter. 

Fuccillo netted his historic goal 2:10 into the second quarter to bring the Cardinals within two, but the Royals ripped off the next six goals to open up a 9-1 lead with 3:11 to play before halftime.

Marc Saxton sent the Cardinals into intermission with some momentum, scoring off a Brendan Englert assist with less than a minute remaining to make it 9-2.

Tyler Catalani opened the third quarter with a goal to make it a 9-3 game, but two straight goals by the Royals upped their lead to eight with 5:55 to play in the quarter.

Walter Hickey scored the final goal of the third to pull CUA within 11-4, and Will Horne started the fourth with another Cardinals score to make it 11-5.

Matt Glenn answered with a Scranton goal with 7:32 to play to push the Royals lead to seven, but CUA continued to hang around, getting a goal from Sean Cummins with 5:19 on the clock to cut it to a six-goal spread.

Dillon McInerney put the game out of reach however with an unassisted score at the 4:03 mark, before Cummins scored the day's final goal with 11 seconds to play to set the final margin at six.

Scranton finished the day with a 51-25 advantage in shots and a slim 30-29 lead in ground balls.  The Royals also won 18 of 24 face-offs.

Ryan Doyle led the Cardinals with five ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Saxton picked up four ground balls of his own.

Scranton's Matt Finor won 17 of 21 face-offs, while Chris Sumpter sent back seven shots in goal.

Despite today's loss, CUA did earn a berth into this year's Landmark Conference Tournament.  The No. 4 seed Cardinals will make the short trek to face top-seeded Goucher on Wednesday, May 2.  Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.  The Gophers defeated the Cardinals earlier this season in Washington.

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