Cardinals Split on Spring Break
Written by: Derek Richmond
While some of their classmates spent spring break relaxing on Florida's beaches, the Catholic University women's lacrosse team opened its season in Orlando with mixed results. The Cards fell 13-8 to Lycoming on Monday, but rebounded to claim a 20-12 victory over Oneonta on Wednesday.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against Lycoming on a goal by senior attacker Courtney Murray (Langhorne, Pa./Villa Joseph Maria), but a pair of goals just over 30 seconds apart returned the lead to Lycoming. CUA knotted the score briefly before Lycoming reeled off six goals in a 15-minute span. The Cardinals answered with two goals from junior attacker Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and freshman midfielder Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) to close out the first half.
Lycoming again dominated the second half, holding the Cards scoreless while putting up five goals to take a 13-4 lead. CUA senior midfielder Krista Piotrowski (Havertown, Pa./Sacred Heart) capitalized on a free position shot, and junior mid Marcy Cuneo (Haddonfield, N.J./Camden Catholic) found the back of the net three straight times, but it was too little and too late.
Cuneo led CUA scorers with three goals as the Catholic University outshot Lycoming 27-16. Freshman goalkeeper Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) recorded six saves in her first action for the Cardinals.
It was a different story two days later, as the Cards dominated Oneonta, outshooting their opponent 37-21. Cuneo again scored three goals, but the Cardinals were led by Robinson, who tallied five. Sophomore attacker Jessie Euler (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) added four goals, and Cuneo was one of three players with a trio of goals. Piotrowski contributed seven assists to the Cardinal win.
CUA took a 10-8 lead into the half, and held Oneonta to only four goals while tallying another ten in the second period. Brashear made six saves while allowing all 12 Oneonta goals.