CUA Defense Stifles Saints
Cards on a six-game win streak
WASHINGTON - Jackie Seward (Freehold, N.J./St. John Vianney) score five goals and the Catholic University defense stayed tough as the Cards defeated the Marymount Saints (0-6, 1-10 CAC) 22-4 Wednesday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. The victory gave CUA its sixth in a row improving the squad to 10-3 for the season and 5-2 in its final game of Capital Athletic Conference play.
Leading scorer Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) scored the first goal of the game just three minutes in. The Saints countered with a tally just a minute later from Ali Fulton but from that point on the Cards took over. CUA staged a 10-1 for the remainder of the half to go up 11-2 at the break.
Marcy Cuneo (Haddonfield, N.J./Camden Catholic)and Robinson paced the Cards in the first half with three goals apiece while Laura Haring (Mount Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai) added a pair of her own. The Cardinals were dominant in the first half taking 26 shots to the Saints' eight and picking up three more groundballs as well as forcing 19 turnovers. The CUA backfield was especially strong as Marymount managed just four of 12 clears.
The second half was much like the first as CUA outscored Marymount 11-2. Sheryl Gateau (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) started the scoring off of a pass from Robinson and things continued to go CUA's way for the remainder of the half. Seward connected on four goals in the thirty minute period including two feeds from Krista Piotrowski (Havertown, Pa./Sacred Heart). Once the final horn sounded the Cards had the 22-4 victory.
With the Cardinal defense on point, Marymount had few offensive opportunities during the contest. CUA outshot Marymount 44-12 for the game and forced 25 turnovers to the Cards' 19. CUA also disrupted ten total Saint clears and won 20 of 28 draw controls. Caitlin O'Neill (Germantown, Md./Holy Child) was solid defensively with six caused turnovers while Robinson added four and Cuneo three. Melissa Brashear played the full 60 minutes in goal and had seven saves along with the win.
The Cards have two more games before the beginning of the CAC tournament. CUA will play St. Vincent's this Saturday at Cardinal Stadium at 1:00 p.m. for Senior Day.