April 2, 2013

Cardinals win second straight, down St. Mary's 16-10

WASHINGTON – Caroline DiBartolomeo scored six goals and Madeline Nowakowski totaled seven points (three goals, four assists) to help lead CUA to a 16-10 win over St. Mary's on Tuesday evening. With the teams tied at two early in the 1st half, CUA ripped off three straight scores and led the rest of the way en route to its second straight win.

Daniella Hanacek gave the visitors a 1-0 lead when she scored less than three minutes into the game, but Nicole Laitner quickly tied things at one with a goal at the 24:50 mark.

Laitner then fed DiBartolomeo for her first goal of the evening and the Cards went in front 2-1.

After the Seahawks tied things at two, CUA scored three straight, including two from DiBartolomeo and one from Theresa Ciletti to grab a 5-2 lead with 15:15 remaining in the opening half.

Shellby Newman pulled the visitors to within two with a goal at the 11:26 mark, but Ciletti answered for the Cardinals to again make the spread three.

St. Mary's continued to hang around, pulling to within 6-4, but Erin Fowler took a pass from Nowakowski and gave CUA a 7-4 advantage with 8:58 left before intermission.

The back-and-forth continued when the Seahawks scored with 5:35 to go, but DiBartolomeo closed things out with a goal 1:30 later to send the teams into halftime with CUA leading 8-5.

Katie Miller extended the lead to four when she scored on a free position shot 5:47 into the second half, but two straight scores by St. Mary's made it a two-goal game.

With 14:22 remaining in the contest, Nowakowski scored to give CUA a 10-7 lead, and 24 seconds later, DiBartolomeo scored off a feed from Emily Downs to put the home team on top by four.

DiBartolomeo then made it a five-goal lead at the 13:15 mark, and after Laitner scored on a free position shot with 9:28 to play, CUA was in front 13-7.

After the Seahawks pulled to within 13-8, Nowakowski answered to put the Cards on top by six, and Laitner added another to up the lead to seven.

Maggie Wagner's free position goal with 3:47 to play pulled the visitors to within 15-9, but Nowakowski closed out the scoring for CUA with a goal five seconds later.

CUA finished the game with a 36-26 advantage in shots and a 26-19 lead in ground balls. The Cardinals were also 17 of 21 in clears and forced the Seahawks into 22 turnovers.

Tricia Pehnke had a strong game in goal, sending back 13 shots, while forcing a pair of turnovers and scooping up a ground ball.

Kelly Neligan, Nowakowski and Brophy also forced two turnovers, with Brophy leading the way in ground balls with four.

On Saturday, CUA travels to New Jersey to face Drew in a Landmark Conference showdown. Start time is set for noon.

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