Cardinals down Susquehanna 13-9, now sit alone in first place
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – No. 16 CUA (8-5, 3-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the Landmark Conference on Saturday, after the Cardinals defeated previously unbeaten Susquehanna 13-9. CUA jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Crusaders (11-1, 1-1) and used a 4-0 run midway through the second half to pull away for the win.
CUA jumped out to an early lead thanks to three straight goals from Caroline DiBartolomeo, Mallory Vogel and Lindsay Brophy in the game's first six minutes.
Susquehanna got on the board for the first time with Erin Dryer's goal at the 17:51 mark, but CUA answered back with three more goals, all of which came from Mary Swarthout, to open up a 6-1 advantage.
Back-to-back goals by Dyer and Lindsey Derstine cut the Cardinals lead to 6-3 with 2:36 to play before halftime, but Erin Fowler and Vogel scored in the final minute to send CUA into halftime with an 8-3 lead.
The Crusaders came out of the break strong, scoring three straight times to pull within 8-6 with 20:49 to play in the game.
CUA kept its composure though and received a goal from Brophy at the 19:28 mark to go in front by three.
Vogel followed with her third score of the afternoon 50 seconds later to make it a four-goal spread, and after Theresa Ciletti found the back of the net on a free position shot with 16:40 remaining, CUA was on top by five.
Nicole Laitner continued the scoring for CUA with a goal at the 15:28 mark off a feed from Vogel to up the Cards' lead to six.
Susquehanna made one final attempt to cut into the CUA lead, scoring three straight goals in a span of 2:13 to make it 12-9, but Swarthout responded with her fourth goal at the 10:01 mark.
That proved to be the final goal of the afternoon for either team, with CUA limiting the Crusaders to only three shots in the final ten minutes.
Swarthout led CUA with four goals, followed by Vogel with three and Brophy with two. Brophy and Swarthout also handed out two assists each.
Yasmeen Ajdari played the full 60 minutes in goal for the Cardinals, stopping nine shots during that time, while Swarthout led the team with seven draw controls.
Meghan Murray scooped up a team-leading five ground balls and as a team, CUA converted 5 of 8 free position shots.
CUA is back in action on Wednesday afternoon when the Cardinals travel to face McDaniel for a 4 p.m. showdown.