CUA suffers first conference loss after falling to Goucher 11-9

WASHINGTON – CUA dropped a tough 11-9 decision to Goucher on Sunday afternoon as the Cardinals suffer their first Landmark Conference loss of the season. CUA led 9-7 with 10:30 remaining in the game but the Gophers scored the final four goals of the game to improve to 3-0 in conference action.

Goucher jumped on top 2-0 with a pair of goals in the first 6:32 of the contest, but CUA closed the first quarter on a 2-0 run to pull even after 15 minutes of play.

Chris Fuccillo gave the Cardinals their first lead of the day with a goal 1:31 into the second, but the Gophers controlled play from there, outscoring CUA 3-0 for the remainder of the quarter to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.

Brendan Englert scored the third quarter's first goal to pull CUA within 5-4, but Kyle Boncaro answered for Goucher to make it 6-4 with 3:25 to play.  Englert then netted three straight goals in a span of 1:46 and the Cardinals surged in front 7-6 as the teams headed into the final 15 minutes of action.

Matt Lynch tied things at seven with a goal 2:25 into the final quarter, but goals by Bobby Kusbit and Jimmy Sinnott put the Cardinals ahead by two, with 10:30 left in the contest.

Lynch struck again for the Gophers, this time with 8:32 on the clock, and CUA's lead was down to one.  Zach Fratella then tied things at nine when he found the back of the net with 5:37 to play.

Rory Averett's score with 2:04 to play made it 10-9 and Boncaro's goal with just over a minute remaining all but sealed the win for the Gophers.

CUA out shot the Gophers by an incredible 45-29 margin, including a 16-5 advantage in the third quarter alone.  The Cardinals dominated the face-offs, winning 18 of 24, 16 of which Tom Scotto won.  He also scooped up a team-high 11 ground balls, as CUA picked up 47 GBs as a team.

Ryan Doyle and Jack Drexel caused three turnovers apiece and Sean McKenna made four stops in goal.  Englert finished with five goals and two assists and Sinnott scored twice.

Goucher goal keeper Connor Mishaw stopped 19 shots on the afternoon, including eight in the third quarter, while Justin Dunn was the team leader in ground balls with six.

On Tuesday CUA plays host to Immaculata beginning at 7 p.m. inside Cardinal Stadium.

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