WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team scored the first five goals of the game and never looked back, picking up a 16-3 win over Immaculata in Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, March 8.
Walter Hickey led CUA (4-3) with five points on three goals and two assists. Tim Keith, Billy Kirmsse, and Brian Keith also contributed to Catholic's scoring load as the trio each registered two scores.
Catholic made quick work of the Mighty Macs (0-3) as Kevin Murray won the opening faceoff and led the charge into Immaculata territory where Kirmsse set up Hickey for his first goal of the game at 14:13. Hickey then returned the favor at the 9:40 mark, dishing out the assist for Kirmsse's first goal of the game to take a 2-0 lead.
Brian Finnegan scored on Catholic's first man-up opportunity to push the score to 5-0 at 3:51 left in the opening quarter. Bhelly Bagbonon scored for Immaculata to avoid the first quarter shutout.
The Cardinals extended the lead to 8-3 at in the second period behind goals from Tim Keith, Colin Montgomery, and Brian Keith. Ethan Clark set up James Clarke for the final tally of the half with just :18 seconds left in the second.
After halftime, it was all Catholic as the Cardinals scored the final seven goals of the afternoon with four in the third quarter and three in the final 15 minutes. Tommy Amato scored his first two goals of the season with back-to-back scores to close out the game and help Catholic to a 16-3 win.
Murray was dominant in the circle, going 12-15 on faceoffs and helping CUA to a 14-9 advantage in that category.
For the game, Catholic converted on 4 of 6 man-up opportunities and denied Immaculata of scoring during all three of their chances. Groundballs were even at 29 apiece as Murray and Hyland combined for nine pickups.
The Cardinals return to action on Friday, March 14 when they travel to Scranton, Pa. for their Landmark Conference opening game against the Royals.