Cardinals Triumph to 15-7 Win on Senior Day
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team picked up its second Landmark Conference win of the season with a 15-7 victory over Washington & Jefferson on senior day in Cardinal Stadium.
W&J jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter before the Cardinals came charging back, scoring four straight in the second period to take a 4-2 lead into halftime. William Cowan scored twice for CUA, while Cummins and Hickey each added their first scores of the game.
Cummins pushed the lead to 5-2 to open the third period from a Hickey assist at the 10:03 mark.
The Presidents answered back at 8:57 to cut the deficit to two. Senior Bobby Kusbit set up Ethan Rodriguez who found the back of the net for the sixth time this season. Shortly thereafter, Tim Keith got a little bit of help from his older brother, Brian Keith, to push the lead to 7-3.
After another W&J score, Hickey scored back-to-back goals for CUA off of assists from fellow seniors Brian Finnegan and Cummins. The Presidents responded with two goals of their own for a 9-6 score heading into the final period.
Hickey scored his third straight goal to begin the fourth quarter at the 13:30 mark. Just 21 seconds later, Cummins took a pass from T. Keith to push the Cardinals' lead to five.
Bryan Whipkey scored the final goal for W&J at 12:10 to go before CUA scored four more times for a final 15-7 score and their seventh win of the year.
T. Keith took over as the assist man, helping on all five of Catholic's final five goals of the game to pull away for good. Keith now leads the team with 11 helpers and ranks sixth in the Landmark.
As a team, the Cardinals dominated the Presidents in shots (42 to 20) and ground balls (34 to 19), and were also able to deny W&J of scoring on any of its four man-up opportunities.
Prior to the start of the game, CUA head coach Brooks Singer and his staff recognized the 14 seniors on the team. It was an emotional ceremony, as Brendan Englert was honored as the final senior in the class of 2014 with his family in attendance.
During Brendan's recognition, fans joined the CUA lacrosse family by raising their right hands and holding up three fingers to honor Brendan and his #3 jersey that has been retired. Players and coaches from W&J also joined in the dedication.
After the game, there was an awards ceremony where the team presented the first annual Coach Lillis "Baggataway the Right Way" Award. Coach Lillis was the former coach of the club team back in the 1980's before the team went varsity. He inspired his players with his work ethic and enthusiasm for the game.
He was at the game and was presented with a plaque to honor his achievements. The first award recipient of this annual award this year is Brendan Englert. Brendan's free spirit and love for the game, along with the class he played the sport with made him the perfect recipient for the award.
Brendan's parents John and Kathy were presented with plaques to honor yet another achievement of Brendan, beyond his All-American selection last year, and Landmark Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors he received during his career as a Cardinal.
The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, April 12 when they travel to Drew for a 1:00 p.m. start time.