CUA hangs tough with No. 4 Gettysburg before falling 14-12

WASHINGTON – After trailing No. 4 Gettysburg 9-2 late in the first half, No. 16 CUA ripped off six straight goals to pull within one, but that was as close as the Cardinals were able to get and they ultimately fell to the defending national champion 14-12.  Mary Swarthout scored four goals to lead CUA, who saw its five-game win streak snapped.

Swarthout scored the game's first goal 1:38 in off a feed from Lindsay Brophy, but Kelsey Markiewicz answered for Gettysburg to tie things at one.

Mary Robinson gave the lead back to the Cardinals at the 25:35 mark, but it did not last long, as the Bullets scored eight straight to surge in front 9-2 with 5:46 to play in the half.

Unfazed, CUA came right back and began to chip away at the deficit.  Swarthout scored three straight goals in a span of 46 seconds to pull the Cardinals within 9-5, and after Meghan Brady scored at the 3:53 mark, CUA was down just three.

Mallory Vogel pulled CUA within 9-7 with a score at the 3:31 mark, and Brady's second goal of the half at the 1:43 mark made it 9-8.

The Bullets closed the half with back-to-back goals though, including one from Bridget Kenny with only two seconds remaining to take an 11-8 lead at intermission.

Hannah Church netted the first goal of the second half to put Gettysburg in front 12-8, but Brophy and Caroline DiBartolomeo scored back-to-back goals for CUA to get the Cards within two.

A Bailey Beardsley goal at the 22:35 mark upped Gettysburg's lead to 13-10, and after Kenny found the back of the net with 12:18 to play, CUA found itself down four.

The Cardinals never let up, pulling to within 14-11 on Robinson's score at the 10:41 mark.  Brophy then made it a two-goal spread with a score at the 1:11 mark, but that proved to be the game's final goal.

CUA out shot the Bullets 37-29 on the afternoon, while Gettysburg won the ground ball battle, 22-21.

The Cardinals won 17 of the game's 28 draw controls and CUA was also 8 of 9 in clear attempts.

Swarthout led CUA with seven draw controls, while Brophy picked up a team-high five ground balls.  Gabby Sena started in goal for the Cardinals and sent back four shots, before Yasmeen Ajdari came on in relief and made seven saves.

Bullets goal keeper Maddie Coleman finished with 11 saves.

CUA hits the road for its next game on Saturday, April 14 when the Cardinals face Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference showdown.  Start time is set for 3 p.m.

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