Women's Lacrosse Overpowers Crusaders, 15-10
Murray and Euler combine for 10 goals
SELINSGROVE, Pa.- The Catholic University women's lacrosse team (4-2) got back on the winning track Wednesday evening with a 15-10 victory over the Susquehanna Crusaders (1-1). The duo of Courtney Murray (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Maria) and Jessie Euler (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) combined for ten goals with both girl scoing five apiece in the rout.
For the first ten minutes of the half, the Crusaders and Cardinals alternated goals allowing neither team to secure a clear advantage. Murray and Euler then hit two quick scores just twenty second apart to go up 5-3 but Susquehanna came right back with a pair of its own. At 9:35 with the Cards hanging on to a one-goal lead, CUA staged a 4-1 run that included two tallies by Murray, one off of a free position shot. This quick turn of events made the score 10-7 at the half.
Just like the first, Susquehanna scored on the opening possession in the second period but this time the Cards were able to counter. After Rachel Devilbliss connected on a free position at 29:35, it was all CUA as the visitors scored the next four goals. Murray contributed two tallies and an assist during the run while Euler and Krista Piotrowski (Havertown, Pa./Sacred Heart) each had one. Devilbliss put two more away for the Crusaders but it was not enough as CUA took the 15-10 victory.
CUA outshot Susquehanna 41-18 and had just 22 turnovers to the opponent's 26. The Cards also held a major advantage in draw controls with 18 to Susquehanna's five. CUA was 1-4 on free positions while the Crusaders were 2-4. Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) took the win in goal for the Cards accumulating five saves for the game. Kirstyn Mahoney had the loss for Susquehanna after coming in for the second half.
The Cards will play their third Capital Athletic Conference game of the season on Saturday as they travel to York, Pa., to battle the Spartans at 12:00 p.m.