CUA drops tough 10-9 decision to Mary Washington
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – CUA suffered a tough 10-9 loss at Mary Washington on Tuesday afternoon. CUA led the Eagles 8-7 with 18:44 remaining, before Mary Washington scored three straight. Lindsay Brophy scored with 1:45 on the clock to pull the Cards within one, but that was as close as they were able to get.
CUA jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Eagles a little over three minutes into the contest. Nicole Laitner got the Cardinals on the board first, followed by Erin Fowler.
Keller Torrey scored Mary Washington's first goal with 24:23 on the 1st half clock, but Caroline DiBartolomeo quickly answered to put CUA back on top by two.
The Eagles scored the next two goals to pull even at three with 18:34 remaining in the half, before Brophy gave the lead back to the Cards with her first goal at the 13:11 mark.
A free position goal by DiBartolomeo with 5:13 on the clock gave CUA a 5-3 advantage, but Mary Washington continued to hang around, pulling to within 5-4 on Katie Williams' goal at the 2:10 mark.
Jenna Petrucelli then tied the score at five with a man-up goal with 25 seconds to play, but Brophy came right back with goal number-two 12 seconds later to send the Cardinals into halftime leading by one.
Emily Downs opened the 2nd half scoring for CUA with a goal at the 24:57 mark to give the visitors a two-goal lead, but back-to-back goals by Mary Washington in less than two minutes tied things at seven.
Brophy registered a hat trick with her third goal at the 18:44 mark to put the Cardinals back in front, but the Eagles tied the score at eight on Kara Hogan's free position goal with 11:01 remaining.
Emily Atkinson then gave Mary Washington the lead with her score at the 4:31 mark, and after Petrucelli scored a little over a minute later, CUA found itself down by two.
Brophy did all she could to give the Cardinals a chance, scoring her fourth goal of the day with 1:45 on the clock to make the spread only one.
Mary Washington won the ensuing draw control however, and the Cardinals were unable to get the ball back.
Theresa Ciletti led the Cardinals with three draw controls on the day, while Caroline Scalamandre, DiBartolomeo and Megan Gormley led the way with three ground balls.
Tricia Pehnke sent back 15 shots on the afternoon for CUA, while Kathryn Stiltz finished with nine saves for the home team.
CUA begins Landmark Conference play on Thursday afternoon when the Cardinals host Scranton inside Cardinal Stadium. Start time is set for 1 p.m.