March 31, 2012

Cardinals remain perfect in Landmark after downing W&J

WASHINGTON – After being off for two weeks, CUA returned to the field on Saturday, and picked up a 13-8 Landmark Conference victory over Washington & Jefferson inside Cardinal Stadium.  The Cardinals broke open a tight game with a 4-0 fourth quarter to improve to 2-0 in the conference.

CUA struck first with Chris Fuccillo's goal 41 seconds into the game, but Washington & Jefferson's Andrew Wallick tied things at one with a score at the 11:26 mark.

The Cardinals answered with three straight scores, including one by Marc Saxton, one by Fuccillo and one by Brendan Englert to open up a 4-1 lead with 5:32 to play in the first.

Zach Wootton brought the Presidents to within 4-2 with a goal at the 4:43 mark, but Englert took a feed from Fuccillo and found the back of the net for a man-up goal 27 seconds later to again made it a three-goal spread.

W&J closed the quarter with back-to-back goals though, and after one CUA was up 5-4.

Sean Cummins scored CUA's lone goal of the second quarter 41 seconds in, but the Presidents received goals from Sean Hipley and Wallick to tie things at six at halftime.

Joseph Eck scored back-to-back goals early in the third to put the Presidents on top 8-6, but the Cardinals closed the quarter with goals by Tom Scotto, Cummins and Justin Schaufler to surge in front 9-8 after three.

The Cardinals then owned the fourth quarter, getting a goal by Englert just 10 seconds in to take a two-goal lead, and a score from Fuccillo at the 13:59 mark to go in front by three.

Tyler Catalani got into the act with a goal at the 6:34 mark and Brian Keith closed the scoring with only two seconds left to seal the win for CUA.

The Cardinals finished with a 50-33 advantage in shots and a commanding 49-29 lead in ground balls.

CUA also won 16 of 23 face-offs, and went a perfect 15 of 15 in clear attempts.

Tom Scotto won 15 of 21 at the X for CUA, and also picked up a game-high 15 ground balls, while Fuccillo caused three turnovers and Ryan Doyle picked up seven ground balls.

Mark Destro got the win in goal for CUA after stopping four shots in 25 minutes and not allowing any goals.

CUA hits the road for its next game when the Cardinals face Drew in Madison, N.J., in a huge conference showdown on April 5.  The opening face-off is set for 4 p.m.

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