Strong second half leads CUA past McDaniel in 22-9 win
WESTMINSTER, Md. – CUA won its second straight game on Wednesday afternoon, downing McDaniel 22-9. The Green Terror kept things close in the early going, but a 10-2 run in the second half paved the way for the Cardinals win. Lindsay Brophy led CUA with five goals, while Mary Swarthout and Meghan Brady added four each.
McDaniel's Monica Parcell scored the game's first goal less than three minutes in, but Swarthout took a feed from Brophy and tied things at one 23 seconds later.
Paige Messersmith gave the lead back to the Green Terror with a score at the 25:47 mark, and after Danielle Entrot found the back of the net three minutes later, CUA was down by two.
Theresa Ciletti made it 3-2 with her 17th goal of the season at the 21:46 mark and after Brophy scored with 19:58 to play before halftime the game was tied at three.
The scoring continued for CUA with Brophy netting goal number-two at the 18:55 mark and Caroline DiBartolomeo getting into the act four minutes later to make it 5-3 in favor of the Cardinals.
Brophy's third score of the half came with 13:26 remaining and put CUA on top by three.
Back-to-back goals by McDaniel made it a one-goal spread with 5:55 to play, but Nicole Laitner upped CUA's lead to two when she scored off an assist from Swarthout at the 5:03 mark.
Messersmith made it a one-goal game again at the 4:35 mark, but Swarthout scored two straight in a span of 26 seconds to push the Cards lead back to three. Swarthout's first of the two goals was the 200th of her storied career.
Entrot scored McDaniel's seventh goal of the afternoon at the 1:29 mark, but goals by Brophy, Swarthout and Ciletti in the final 1:16 sent the Cardinals into halftime with a 12-7 advantage.
Swarthout and Ciletti scored their goals in the last 31 seconds of the half.
Katie Miller got CUA going with a score just 40 seconds into the second half to extend to a six-goal lead and after Brady scored at the 28:21 mark, the Cardinals had doubled up the Green Terror.
Another Brady goal, this one coming on a free position shot at the 26:22 mark, made it 15-7, before Chelsea Watkins was finally able to end the CUA run with a goal less than two minutes later.
Goals by Brady and Mary Robinson in a span of only 13 seconds made it a 17-8 game, and following a McDaniel goal, Brady scored yet again, to make it 18-9.
The lead reached double digits on Robinson's goal at the 15:58 mark, and the Cardinals put the game away with goals by Brophy, Erin Fowler and Meghan O'Brien in the final minutes.
CUA enjoyed a 35-26 advantage in shots in this one and a 19-15 lead in ground balls. The Cardinals were 3 of 4 on free position shots, 7 of 11 in clear attempts and they won 16 draw controls.
Brady led the way with five ground balls, while Swarthout picked up four, and Swarthout shared the team lead with Robinson in draw controls with four apiece.
Reigning Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week Yasmeen Ajdari sent back five shots in goal for CUA, before giving way to Tricia Pehnke, who made two saves in the second half.
CUA will close out its regular season home schedule on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to Elizabethtown on Senior Day. The opening draw from inside Cardinal Stadium is set for 3 p.m.