Four second half goals lead CUA past St. Mary's
WASHINGTON – Trailing St. Mary's 1-0 at halftime, CUA unleashed a four-goal outburst in the second half to down the Seahawks 4-1 on Wednesday and run its winning streak to nine straight. Chris Larson, Brian Maher, Alex Sagastume and Mike Brennan all scored for the Cardinals who are now 13-3 overall.
St. Mary's jumped in front with a Chris Quamina goal at the 27:43 mark off an assist by Matthew Braun.
CUA had its chances to try and pull even during the remainder of the half, but the Cardinals were unable to score.
Earl Hamilton's header at the 34:07 mark went wide, while Hunter Horvath's shot three minutes later was stopped by Seahawks keeper Nate Ramsland.
Later, Hamilton had back-to-back looks, but both sailed wide.
Larson took the final shot of the half with less than 50 seconds to play, but it went high and CUA headed to halftime trailing by one.
Just three minutes into the second, Larson knotted things at one when he scored his second goal of the season.
One minute later Maher took a beautiful feed from Kevin Romano and beat Ramsland for a 2-1 Cardinals lead.
Mike DiMarco had a good look at the 66:08 mark for CUA, but Ramsland was there for the save, while Sagastume's try four minutes later went wide.
Sagastume had a much better outcome at the 77:12 mark when he blasted a Mike Brennan feed into the back of the net to give the Cardinals some breathing room with a 3-1 advantage.
Three minutes later, Brennan got into the act with a goal of his own, this one coming off a feed from Hamilton, to wrap up the win for CUA, which hasn't lost since September 19.
The Cardinals out shot St. Mary's 23-8 in the match, while the Seahawks finished with a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal for CUA, Cam McGrory sent back three shots and Ramsland finished with six saves.
The Cardinals close out their regular season on Saturday afternoon when CUA hosts Drew in a huge Landmark Conference showdown on Senior Day. The Rangers are currently in second place in the standings with one loss, while CUA leads the conference with a perfect 6-0 mark. The winner of Saturday's match will earn the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Action gets underway beginning at noon.