WASHINGTON – The Catholic University women's lacrosse team got off to a slow start but used 11 second-half goals to win 15-9 on the road at St. Mary's (Md.) on Wednesday, March 12.
The win was a milestone victory for CUA head coach Megan McDonogh, as she picked up her 100th career win.
Clair Schmitzer and Caroline DiBartolomeo led the Cardinals with three goals each in the non-conference game, as Schmizter's third goal of the afternoon proved to be the game-winner. Catholic had three turnovers to start the game before Schmitzer scored her first goal to put her squad up 1-0 at the 26:26 mark.
The Seahawks responded two minutes later to tie things up at 1-1 before the Cardinals scored back-to-back goals from Anna Stumme and Lindsay Brophy for a 3-1 advantage at 17:54. SMC then scored three unanswered goals to take back the lead 4-3 with less than nine minutes left in the half.
With just over two minutes left in the first period, Tricia Pehnke made a save for the Cardinals and then ran the ball up field evading the Seahawk defense to clear the ball. She found Jenna Van Middelem at midfield who then drew the remaining defenders and dished the ball to Madeline Wilson who found the back of the net at 2:17 to force another tie at 4-4.
The Seahawks scored less than 15 seconds later to regain the lead 5-4 at half. After the halftime intermission, the Cardinals came out firing, ripping off three straight goals to take back the lead again for the third and final time behind goals from Schmitzer, Laura Dunn, and DiBartolomeo.
The Seahawks would not go away, tying things back up at 7-7 by the 19:05 mark, and not allowing the visitors to get more than two goals ahead.
With 8:20 left to play, SMC cut the CUA lead to two at 11-9 before Catholic would score the final four goals of the game to take the 15-9 victory.
In her first start of the year, Pehnke finished with eight saves in goal. For the game, CUA had a big advantage in draw controls, 18-8 and were successful on 12-23 clear attempts, while holding the Seahawks to just 12-23 of their clears.
Catholic took advantage on its free-position shots, as Anna Stumme, Theresa Ciletti, and Brophy all scored from the 8-meter opportunity.
The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, March 15 when they travel to Mt. Sinai High School in Long Island, N.Y. for a neutral site matchup with Cortland St.