WASHINGTON - Marymount scored three unanswered goals in the third quarter to pull away from the Cardinals en route to a 9-7 victory at Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Sean Cummins put the Cardinals (1-1) on top just just 3:02 into the contest on his second goal of the year. The teams traded goals for the next three scores before Nico Burns found the back of the net with 18 seconds left in the first quarter to put Marymount (1-0) up 3-2.
With 12:23 left to play in the second, William Cowan evened things up on an unassisted goal. Jimmy Wendell helped the Saints regain the lead before halftime on his first goal of the game.
Despite the Cardinals outshooting the Saints 24-12 in the first half, Marymount was able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities, while the Cardinals had just 13 of their 26 shots on target.
To start the third quarter, Ethan Rodriguez scored at 10:40 and tied the game for the fourth time. At 6:21 to play, Wendell scored his again and sparked an offensive surge for the Saints who scored three goals in the next three minutes to go up 7-4.
CUA scored back-to-back goals to end the third and start the fourth quarter and close the deficit to just one. Marymount then scored two of the final three goals to hold on for the 9-7 win.
The most glaring statistic for the game was Catholic's dominating 49-to-21 advantage in shots. Despite the effort, only 31 attempts were on frame. Marymount's Derek DiGiovanni came up big between the pipes, making 24 saves for the visitors.
Catholic was able to control the faceoffs, winning 13 of 19, as Kevin Murray went 10-for-15 in the circle.
The Cardinals were successful on 15 of their 17 clear attempts, and collected 35 groundballs to the Saints' 16.
The Cardinals return to action when they host the Faceoff for a Cause on Saturday, Feb. 22. The event will feature a double-header between Army and Furman at 12:00 p.m., followed by Catholic versus Randolph-Macon at 2:30 p.m. A youth clinic will be held prior to the games, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.