March 17, 2012

Cardinals can't complete comeback, fall to W&L 11-10

LEXINGTON, Va. – Trailing No. 14 Washington & Lee 11-5 with 12 minutes remaining on Saturday, No. 17 CUA unleashed a furious comeback and pulled to within 11-10 with 2:59 to play, but that was as close as the Cardinals got.  Mallory Vogel led CUA offensively with three goals.

CUA got on the board first when Mary Swarthout found the back of the net a little over two minutes into the game.

Washington & Lee pulled even on Christina Benedetti’s score three minutes later, but Vogel’s goal at the 20:32 mark put the Cardinals back on top.

Vogel scored again, this time with 17:58 to play in the half, to give CUA a 3-1 lead, and after Erin Fowler put a free position shot in the back of the net a minute later, the Cardinals were in front by three.

The Generals answered with back-to-back goals in a span of 1:21 to get within 4-3, and Greta Witter’s goal in the final minute of play sent the teams into halftime knotted at four.

Less than a minute into the second half, Meghan Brady put CUA back in front with a goal, but Witter responded with a free position goal to tie the game at five.

Margaret Klein’s score with 24:39 to play then put the Generals in front by one, and Katie Hagen’s goal a minute later made it a two-goal lead for W&L.

Washington & Lee scored four more times, including Alli Shearin’s goal with 12 minutes to play, and CUA found itself trailing 11-5.

A free position goal by Brady with 8:56 on the clock began the Cardinals comeback, and after Fowler scored with 6:22 to go, CUA was down by only four.

Vogel’s free position goal with 5:21 remaining made the score 11-8, and after Swarthout found the back of the net with 3:46 to play, the Cardinals were down by just two.

CUA’s Nicole Laitner then won the ensuing draw control and with 2:59 to play, Kelly Neligan ripped a shot past W&L goal keeper Cara Mulligan to make the score 11-10.

The Cardinals won the next draw control and were looking for the equalizer, but they turned the ball over.  CUA was unable to get off any more shots for the remainder of the game.

The teams were very even throughout, with W&L holding a 24-23 lead in shots and a 23-19 lead in ground balls, while CUA won the draw control battle, 13-10.

Swarthout led the Cardinals with three draw controls, while Swarthout, Meghan Murray, Caroline Scalamandre and Yasmeen Ajdari picked up three ground balls apiece.  Ajdari also stopped six shots in goal.

Mulligan finished with 11 shots and six ground balls for the Generals, while Alex Van Horn led the way with four draw controls. 

CUA returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to No. 6 Trinity (Conn.) inside Cardinal Stadium.  Start time is set for 4 p.m.

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