Robinson's Last Second Heroics Push CUA
Cards score winning goal with six second left
WASHINGTON - The Goucher Gophers women's lacrosse squad (3-4, 1-2 CAC) had the Catholic University Cardinals in a hole, but the Cards dug out and managed to get the 11-10 victory thanks to a last second score by freshman attack Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin). With the win CUA improves to 6-3 for the season and 2-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference with both losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents.
Each squad made a run in the first half as the score see-sawed back and forth. Goucher went up 3-0 to open the game but CUA came back with a four-goal run led by three from senior Courtney Murray (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Maria). With CUA up 4-3, the Gophers staged a comeback rattling off four straight scores including two from Emily Blatter. With second remaining Jackie Lodge (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) snuck one past keeper Janna Kaufmann as the horn blew making it 7-5 in favor of Goucher at the break.
Goucher went up by three to start the second half but the Cards, who had controlled the momentum the entire game, came back with one more run. Jessie Euler (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) had one unassisted tally and added free position shot in the Cards 3-0 rally knotting it at eight. Goucher put away its final two goals and with only minutes remaining the Cardinals were staring down a two-score deficit.
Luckily for CUA the scoring drought would end as Murray hit an unassisted shot at 2:09. The Cards gained advantage on the draw control and Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Good Counsel) sped down the field to connect just seven seconds later. After a timeout the Cards got the draw control one last time and stalled until less than ten seconds were remaining. With the score ties at ten and seven second left Robinson took the pass from Krista Piotrowski (Havertown, Pa./Sacred Heart) on the right side and found the back of the cage to secure the 11-10 victory.
CUA dominated the game despite the close score. The Cards outshot the Gophers 44-21 and also held an advantage with just 16 turnovers to Goucher's 30. Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) took the win with six saves while Kaufmann was credited the loss but had 20 saves on the afternoon.
The Cards will play Washington & Lee this Saturday at the DuFour Center as the first half of a CUA lacrosse double header. The game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.