March 31, 2007

Cardinals Upset #11 Washington & Lee

 

Cardinals Upset #11 Washington & Lee
Robinson scores the game-winner for the second game in a row

3/31/2007

WASHINGTON - Catholic University freshman Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) did it again.  The attack scored in the final seconds of a game over the #11 Washington and Lee Generals (7-3) Saturday afternoon to pick up the 11-10 victory.  The score and style of play mirrored a win the Cards posted earlier this week where Robinson's heroics sealed the victory.  Catholic University improved to 7-3 with the win which marks its second victory over a nationally-ranked squad so far this season.

The Cards dominated the Generals off of the opening draw control.  CUA's Marcy Cuneo scored off of a pass from Jessie Euler (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson ) just over a minute in to give CUA its first lead of the game.  The Generals interjected goals here and there but for the most part the Cardinals controlled the game.  After a three-goal run and one for good measure before the break, CUA went into the locker room on top 7-4.

The Generals fought back in the second half outscoring CUA 6-3.  Courtney Murray (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie), Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Robinson all managed to find the back of the cage but it wasn't enough to hold off the pesky Generals who knotted it at 10 with a goal by Colleen Evans and six minutes remaining.

Neither team could score as both defenses cracked down sending the game into two three-minute overtime periods.  Again the squads were scoreless in the first but finally as the next three minutes opened up, CUA gained some momentum.  Similar to their game earlier in the week, the Cards held the ball for much of the stanza making smart passes waiting for an opening.  Finally with only thirty second remaining Robinson made a run at the top of the circle and was fouled resulting in a free position.  The freshman was dead on making the score 11-10.  The Cardinal defense held on for the remaining seconds until the horn sounded.

Robinson led the team with four goals while Bitonti added three and Euler had two.  CUA outshot Washington & Lee 34-26 and had one more groundball.  The Cards shot 50 percent on free positions going 3-6.  Freshman keeper Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic ) continued to play well in goal getting the win along with eight saves on the afternoon. 

The Cards will have only one day's rest before traveling to York on Monday for a conference game at 4:00 p.m.

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