WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team picked up its first Landmark Conference win of the season with a 19-7 victory over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
The teams traded goals for the entire first quarter, with the Mariners (2-3) striking first. Catholic would respond after each goal to even the score back up. With the game tied at 3-3 and time running out in the first quarter the Cardinals had possession and a chance to take the lead.
CUA worked the ball around the crease before Hickey threaded a pass through the USMMA defense finding Cam Feldman who bobbled the pass but deflected it perfectly as the ball found the back of the net with .6 seconds left to take a 4-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
Dominick Marino kept the Cardinal offense rolling with his first goal of the season to open up the next period, sparking a 4-0 run with goals from Hickey, and Brian Keith.
USMMA scored just six seconds after Keith's goal at the 2:02 mark to avoid the second quarter shutout and cut the deficit in half, 8-4 heading into the lockerroom.
Tim Keith assisted his brother Brian on the first goal of the third quarter, then scored himself from a feed by James Clarke for a 10-4 lead. The Cardinals held the Mariners scoreless in the third behind four saves from Harrison Holak.
The Keith brothers got back to work in the fourth quarter, as Tim set up Brian once again with 12:08 left in the game for a 15-5 advantage. William Cowan, Feldman, Ethan Rodriguez, and Brian Finnegan each scored once to round for the final 19-7 win.
Holak picked up his third win over the season in goal, and 13 saves to go with two groundballs.
Although the Mariners dominated in the circle, winning 21 of 29 faceoffs, the Cardinals had a big advantage in the midfield and were successful on 20 of 23 clear attempts. CUA shutdown the Mariners in transition, as USMMA was just 11 of 18 on their clears.
Catholic will hit the road for its next contest, heading to Elizabethtown for a non-conference matchup at 1:00 p.m.