CUA cruises past USMMA 12-2 in Landmark Conference opener

WASHINGTON – In front of a spirited St. Patrick’s Day crowd, CUA opened its Landmark Conference schedule in style, downing Merchant Marine Academy 12-2 on Saturday.  The Cardinals led 4-0 after one quarter and never looked back in winning their seventh game of the season.

Brendan Englert got CUA on the board with a goal at the 8:19 mark of the first quarter.  Tom Scotto assisted on the score.

A little over a minute later, freshman Brian Keith picked up a ground ball and rifled a shot into the back of the net for a 2-0 Cardinals lead.

CUA added two more goals in the final minute of the quarter with Englert scoring one and Scotto the other, to give the home team a 4-0 advantage after 15 minutes of play.

Nine seconds into the second quarter, Tyler Catalani took a pass from Englert and beat Mariners goal keeper Alex Peyreigne for a 5-0 CUA lead.

With 7:04 to play before halftime Drew Saine fed Englert for another CUA goal and a 6-0 lead.

Just five seconds later, Saxton scored off of a Scotto assist and the lead was up to seven.

Merchant Marine Academy finally got on the board with 3:32 to play before halftime when Jeff Harty scored off a feed from Matt Cowles.

Early in the third quarter, Saxton upped CUA’s lead to 8-1 when he found the back of the net off a Catalani assist.

The Mariners answered less than a minute later with a Delaney Oksman goal, but that proved to be USMMA’s final score of the afternoon.

Catalani closed the quarter out with another Cardinals goal, this one coming with 27 seconds on the clock to give CUA a 9-2 advantage.

In the final quarter, Justin Schaufler scored twice and Sean Cummins once to set the final margin at ten for CUA.

CUA finished the game with a 42-29 advantage in shots, including a 16-4 lead in the first quarter.  The Cardinals scooped up 44 ground balls, led by Scotto’s eight.  Scotto also won 9 of 12 face-offs, while Patrick Pfaff sent back 14 shots in goal before turning things over to Mark Destro.

Peyreigne finished with 17 saves for the visitors, and Vincent Acquavita led the way with three caused turnovers.

CUA is now off for two weeks before hosting conference newcomer Washington & Jefferson on Saturday, March 31.  The opening face-off is set for 2:30 p.m.

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