February 24, 2014

Cardinals Open Up 2014 Season Tomorrow at Frostburg

WASHINGTON - After a disappointing 2013 season which saw their streak of five consecutive Landmark Conference championships stopped, the Cardinals are excited to begin this season and are poised to compete for a sixth conference crown.

Catholic opens up Tuesday, February 28 when they travel to Frostburg State in a rematch of last year's season opener when CUA won 15-7. Tomorrow night's game will mark the first of two road contests to start the year as the Cardinals will have an early test when they travel to the defending Nation Champion, Salisbury on Saturday, March 1.

The Cardinals will face two other preseason top-10 teams this season starting with No. 4 SUNY Cortland on March 15 in a neutral site game on Long Island and then hosting No. 6 Gettysburg on April 16. In her eight season at the helm, head coach Meghan McDonogh hopes that the challenging schedule will help prepare the young squad for the Landmark competition.       

"We are looking forward to our challenging schedule including two of last year's final four teams as we see each game as an opportunity to improve ourselves and to play with and against the best teams in Division III" said McDonogh.

The Cards will make their home debut at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday, March 9 when they host Penn St. – Abington at noon for the first of seven home games. Catholic will face three of its former CAC foes in St. Mary's (Md.) on March 12, Mary Washington on March 19, and York on April 2. The final non-conference opponent in March will take the team to Lexington, Va. to face Washington & Lee on March 22 for yet another NCAA Tournament tested team.
 
Picked to finish second this season according to the Landmark coaches' preseason poll, the ranking mirrors last season's finish when the Cardinals (8-10) went 3-1 in conference. CUA posted victories over Scranton (9-6), Goucher (7-9), and Drew (8-10), and dropped a 15-10 regular season decision to Susquehanna (17-1). New to the Landmark this year is Elizabethtown (12-7) and Merchant Marine, a second year program. E-Town is no stranger to the Cardinals however, as the teams have matched up in the past two years. CUA won the first meeting 15-6 in 2012, before the Blue Jays won a double-overtime game, 14-13 last season. Catholic kicks off conference play when they head up north to Kings Point, N.Y. to take on Merchant Marine on Saturday, March 29.

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