CUA earns win No. 10 by downing Elizabethtown on Senior Day
WASHINGTON – Bolstered by a 4-0 run to begin Saturday's game, CUA earned a 15-6 win over Elizabethtown on Senior Day inside Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals received goals from six different players, including four from Lindsay Brophy, to earn their third straight win and tenth overall.
Mary Swarthout scored three goals and handed out one assist on the afternoon, which gives the senior standout 301 points for her career. Earlier this week, Swarthout netted her 200th career goal in the Cardinals win at McDaniel.
On Senior Day, it was only fitting that three seniors scored the Cardinals first four goals. Katie Miller got things started 1:27 into the game and Mary Robinson followed 14 seconds later to make it 2-0.
Swarthout got into the act with a goal at the 21:25 mark and after Robinson found the back of the net at the 18:06 mark, the Cardinals found themselves in front by four.
Two straight goals by the Blue Jays sliced CUA's lead in half, but Swarthout scored goal number-two at the 15:30 mark to push the Cards lead up to three.
A free position goal by Madalyn Schnader at the 13:42 mark again made it a two-goal spread, but Miller responded with her second goal a little over a minute later to up the lead to three yet again.
Brophy then netted back-to-back scores to make it 8-3 and Caroline DiBartolomeo closed out the first half with a goal to send CUA into the half ahead by six.
Elizabethtown's Katie Scheurich scored the first goal of the second half to cut CUA's lead to five, but goals by Brophy and Theresa Ciletti gave CUA its largest lead of the day, at seven.
Katie Reeb's goal at the 20:09 mark pulled the Blue Jays within 11-5, but Brophy scored an unassisted goal 17 seconds later to make the margin seven for a second time.
Elizabethtown's final goal of the game came with 10:35 on the clock, and CUA closed things out with a goal by Swarthout and two more by Ciletti to set the final margin at nine.
CUA finished with a 31-22 advantage in shots and 32-24 in ground balls. Swarthout led the Cardinals with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers, while Swarthout and Robinson shared the team lead in draw controls with three apiece.
Tricia Pehnke played a solid game in goal for the winners, sending back 11 shots in her 60 minutes of work.
The Cardinals will close out their regular season next Saturday, April 28 when they travel to Pennsylvania to face the Scranton Royals. The opening face-off is set for noon.