No. 10/13 Cardinals open season with 15-7 win over Bobcats

WASHINGON – On the same day it moved up to No. 10 in the IWLCA national poll, CUA opened its 2013 season in style, downing Frostburg State 15-7 inside a cold and wet Cardinal Stadium.  The Cards led by only one at halftime, before blowing things open with 11 second-half goals. Lindsay Brophy and Caroline DiBartolomeo combined for nine goals on the evening.

It took over 10 minutes, but Brophy got CUA on the board for the first time in 2013 when she found the back of the net at the 19:04 mark of the opening half.

Less than 30 seconds later, DiBartolomeo made it 2-0 when she scored her first goal of the new season.

Nicole Laitner then got into the act at the 15:45 mark off an assist from Katie Miller to give the Cards a three-goal advantage.

Frostburg quickly scored two straight to pull within one with 14:45 to play before the half, and when Rachel Dwyer scored with 8:51 on the clock, the game was knotted at three.

The Cardinals went back in front when Miller scored off a feed from Erin Fowler with only 18 seconds remaining.

The Bobcats tied the game once again just 29 seconds into the second when Malory Brunett scored, and FSU added two more goals in the next six minutes to grab a 6-4 lead with 24:01 left on the clock.

CUA then regrouped and took over from there, pulling to within one on Fowler's score with 22:12 remaining, and tying things at six on Brophy's goal at the 17:31 mark.

Brophy then scored back-to-back goals in a span of only four seconds and the Cards found themselves up two.

The scoring spree continued for CUA, with Brophy feeding Fowler for the Cardinals' ninth goal with 14:38 remaining.

Brophy followed with an unassisted score to make it 10-6, and after Kelly Neligan fed DiBartolomeo at the 11:57 mark for another goal, it was a five-goal spread.

Two more goals by DiBartolomeo extended to a 13-6 advantage with 10:09 left to play, and Laitner's free position goal at the eight-minute mark gave CUA an eight-goal lead.

Frostburg scored its final goal of the evening with 1:27 to play, but Samantha Hawkins saw to it that the Cards would have the final say, finding the back of the net with only six seconds remaining to set the final spread at eight.

CUA finished with a commanding 42-17 advantage in shots, and the Cards also won the ground ball battle, 35-27.

CUA went 11 of 12 in clear attempts and also won 14 draw controls, led by Brophy's seven.

Yasmeen Ajdari earned the win in goal for the home team, stopping three shots on the night, while Karoline Miller sent back nine shots for the visitors.

On Saturday, CUA faces a tough test, hosting No. 2 Salisbury at 1 p.m.

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