WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's lacrosse team won its home-opener on Wednesday night at Cardinal Stadium as the Cards earned a hard-fought nonconference victory over Hampden-Sydney, 13-12.
It is the first time in program history that Catholic has topped HSC. The Tigers entered the game receiving votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20 poll.
Junior midfielder Bennett Bradley led way with five goals in the game. He scored the first goal of the game just 1:38 into the contest as the Cardinals never trailed.
Catholic came out on fire and built a 6-1 advantage 10 minutes into the game. Hampden-Sydney was able to rally and nearly matched the Cardinals' performance with a 5-1 run to make it a one-goal game at the half.
Bradley and Licata each scored out of the break to put Catholic back up two, but Hampden-Sydney would not go down easily.
The Cards went back up three, 12-9, on Bradley's fifth of the night but the Tigers answered again with two more goals.
Licata's insurance score with just over five minutes to play came up big as Hampden-Sydney got one back with 2:10 left. It was the Catholic defense that closed it out however as it forced a last second-chance wide for the win.
Rookie goalie Alex Mulyk earned the second win of his career in his second-ever start. He nearly matched his best mark in saves as he came one shy of 15.
The Cards now start a two-game road trip with a game this Saturday at Arcadia.
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