CUA moves to 2-0 in the Landmark with road win at Drew

MADISON, N.J. – CUA improved to 2-0 in the Landmark Conference with a 17-11 win at Drew on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals jumped out to a 9-3 lead at halftime and added eight more second half goals to improve to 6-5 overall. Lindsay Brophy and Caroline DiBartolomeo led the way offensively with five goals apiece.

Drew's Krysta Cento put the Rangers in front when she scored on a free position shot 1:02 into the game, but Brophy answered shortly after to tie things at one.

Alexandra Mattiace then gave the home team a 2-1 advantage, and after Larkin Dolan found the back of the net with 25:07 to play before halftime, CUA found itself down by two.

Goals by Nicole Laitner and Erin Fowler tied the score at three though, and DiBartolomeo's first goal of the day with 14:38 on the clock gave CUA its first lead of the afternoon.

Madeline Nowakowski fed Laitner for another CUA goal at the 8:19 mark, and after Brophy found the back of the net a minute later, the Cardinals were in front 6-3.

The scoring spree continued with DiBartolomeo scoring her 22nd goal of the season with 6:09 on the clock, and Laitner followed with goal No. 20 to make it 8-3.

With four seconds on the clock, Brophy scored on a free position shot to give CUA a six-goal lead at the break.

16 seconds into the second half, Nowakowski scored off a feed from Brophy and the lead was up to seven.

A free position goal by DiBartolomeo made it 11-3 in favor of CUA, and Erin Fowler then got into the act to give the Cards a nine-goal advantage.

The lead increased to 10 when DiBartolomeo scored her 24th goal of 2013 with 26:32 remaining, but Mattiace answered with a free position goal for the Rangers to make it a nine-goal spread.

Drew added three more goals in the next 10 minutes to pull within 13-7, but Brophy put a stop to that with her goal at the 10:20 mark.

Nikki Kleiman's score 1:08 later again cut CUA's lead to six, and after Dolan scored 13 seconds after that, the Rangers were within five.

Back-to-back goals by Fowler and Brophy pushed the lead back up to seven though, only to see the Rangers score two straight to make the score 16-11.

Katie Miller closed the scoring out with a free position goal in the final minute, setting the final margin at six.

Both teams finished with 31 shots on the day, while CUA totaled 26 ground balls to Drew's 17.

Tricia Pehnke earned the win in goal for CUA with nine big saves, while Yasmeen Ajdari stopped four shots in her 23 minutes of action.

The Cards are back in action on Thursday afternoon when they travel to Allentown, Pa., to face nationally ranked Cortland State. Start time is set for 1 p.m.

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