April 17, 2007

#1 Sea Gulls End CUA’s Season 27-2

#1 Sea Gulls End CUA's Season 27-2
Rettaliata has a goal and an assist in the Cardinal loss

4/17/2007

SALISBURY, Md. - The Catholic University men's lacrosse drew the toughest opponent in the country in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.  Facing the Salisbury (16-0), the #1 team in the nation and currently undefeated, CUA went into the game remembering a 24-2 loss the first game of the season.  Unfortunately Tuesday's outcome wasn't much better as the Cards fell 27-2.  The loss eliminated CUA from tournament play concluding its season at 5-10.

The lopsided score was reflected in almost every statistical category with CUA holding an advantage in just saves, 15-1.  Other than that, the Sea Gulls dominated in shots (56-9), ground balls (71-31), face-offs (25-8) and had fewer turnovers (42-23).

After 14 straight Sea Gull goals to start the game, the Cards did manage two in a row near the end of the second quarter.  At 8:11 in the second, Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xavarian Bros) hit the back of the net off of a pass from Tim Rettaliata (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) to make the score 14-1 and finally put CUA on the board.  Less than a minute later the Cards slashed through the Salisbury defense again as Rettaliata had an unassisted tally at 7:20.  That would be the last of the Cardinal momentum, however, as the Cards didn't score again and Salisbury put in 13 more to make the final 27-2.

Individual bright spots for the Cards included 13 saves from starting keeper, Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach), as well seven face-offs won by Matt Barbieri (Gaithersburg, Md./St. John's).

In a showing of support for the victims of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the Cards wore the letters VT on their helmets for the game.

The Cardinals end the season 5-10 but return a youthful corps next season including their leading scorers Groh and Danny MacNamara (Southlake, Tex./Southlake).

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