Second Half Rally Give CUA First Conference Win
Second Half Rally Give CUA
First Conference Win
Cards score 10 goals in the second half
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team started off slow but a huge second half surge secured the 12-3 victory over the Susquehanna University Crusaders (3-7, 1-2 Landmark). The Cards scored ten goals in the second half including a 10-0 run to get the Landmark Conference win. The Cardinals are now 5-5 overall and 1-1 in Landmark play.
It was a low-scoring affair for both teams in the first half with the squads focusing on the defensive end of the field. Susquehanna scored first at 9:52 and after almost 15 scoreless minutes, CUA got on the board when Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Bros) hit a shot at 1:46. The second quarter was more of the same as the Crusaders attacked first, but the Cards evened the score. Pat Duffner (Yardly, Pa./Notre Dame) made it 2-2 at the break off of an acrobatic goal taking the pass from Groh.
The Cardinals struck first in the second half when Kyle Brant (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's) fired a hard shot into the cage giving the Cards a one-goal lead. Adding to the advantage, Mike Scotto hit from close range five minutes into the third quarter as CUA looked to be on a roll. The sophomore added another taking his second assist from Mike DiGiesi (Cherry Hill, N.J./St Joseph's Prep) late in the third and Jimmy Sinnott (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle) made it 6-2 just seconds later. The run continued as DiGiesi scored two of his own and John Volpe (Newton, Pa./Notre Dame) added on at the horn helping the Cards on an 8-0 rally to end the third period.
The game got rough in the fourth with three penalties to start the quarter after just two in the opening three periods. CUA took advantage as both Brant and Sinnot hit man up goals to continue the Cards' offensive dominance. Susquehanna finally ended the rally with four minutes remaining but the damage had been done. As the seconds ticked away DiGiesi added one more to make the final 12-3.
CUA out shot Susquehanna 36-22 and was 2-6 on extra man opportunities. DiGiesi led the scoring with three goals and as many assists in the game while three different players tallied two goals each for the day. Senior David Redmond (Mineola, N.Y./Chaminade) was 9-14 on face offs and on the defensive end, Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) had nine saves.
The Cards will host Eastern on Monday at Cardinal Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.