CUA bounces back with 15-6 win over Griffins at home
WASHINGTON – After suffering its first loss of the season earlier this week, CUA bounced back in a big way on Saturday with a 15-6 win over Gwynedd-Mercy (0-3) inside Cardinal Stadium. CUA (3-1) led 7-4 at halftime and outscored the Griffins 8-2 in the final 30 minutes to close out their three-game homestand. Camden Feldman and Jimmy Sinnott led CUA with three goals apiece.
CUA jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Sinnott's goal a little over two minutes into the game, but the Griffins tied things up on Kurtis Quick's score at the 11:09 mark of the opening quarter.
Tyler Catalani then put the Cardinals in front with an unassisted score at the 5:39 mark, but again the Griffins had an answer with Roy Bakeoven finding the back of the net 1:40 later.
The Cardinals closed out the quarter with a pair of scores by Sean Cummins and Sinnott to take a 4-2 lead into the second.
Bobby Kusbit opened the second quarter with a goal for CUA off an assist from Feldman and with 14:02 left before halftime the Cardinals were on top 5-2.
Two straight goals by Gwynedd-Mercy brought the visitors to within 5-4, but Feldman put an end to the Griffins run with his first score of the afternoon at the 2:23 mark. Catalani then added his second goal of the game with 1:20 on the clock to send CUA into halftime up 7-4.
Sinnott began the third the same way he started the game, with a quick goal, and CUA was on top 8-4 not even a minute into the quarter. The Griffins' Nicholas Hummel made it an 8-5 game with 7:04 to play in the third, but goals by Nathan Chan, Kusbit and finally Feldman to close out the quarter extended the Cardinals lead to 11-5 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Brendan Englert and Feldman scored less than 20 seconds apart during the early going of the fourth and CUA was in total control, leading 13-5. Craig Trueblood scored the Griffins sixth goal with 7:26 on the clock, but Will Ardolino answered for the Cardinals at the 5:35 mark to make it a 14-6 game.
Cummins then finished off the game with a man-up score off a Cummins assist and CUA earned its third win in 2011.
CUA unleashed 45 shots in the game to only 21 by the Griffins. Tom Scotto was terrific at face-off for the Cardinals, winning 17 of 22, and Englert was the team leader in ground balls with four.
Sean McKenna stopped five shots in goal in 53 minutes of action before giving way to Patrick Pfaff and Peter Falcone down the stretch.
Zach Richter scooped up a team-high three ground balls for the visitors and Hummel finished with two scores on three shots.
The Cardinals will now head out for their 2011 spring break trip. CUA will play a pair of games in Atlanta, beginning on March 11 when it takes on Berry at Greater Atlanta Christian High School. The opening face-off is slated for 3 p.m.