Cards Sting Yellow Jackets 20-12

Cards Sting Yellow Jackets 20-12
Sabo scores seven goals in the contest

3/11/2008

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse squad defeated the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (0-4) 20-12 Tuesday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.  The victory marked CUA's fourth of the season giving the team a 4-1 record which is the best start in program history.

Randolph-Macon got on the board first but five quick Cardinal goals including two from freshman Meghan Sabo (Bell Canyon, Calif./Louisville) gave CUA a cushion.  The Yellow Jackets managed one more at 4:38 but this time it was only Sabo who answered with three straight scores including two off of free position shots.  In the closing two minutes RMC found the back of the net twice but the Cards also hit a shot as Jackie Getty (Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) fired it past the keeper off of a pass from Katie Buonpastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) making it 9-4 at the half.

The second half had a plethora of fouls on both teams resulting in nine combined goals off of free positions.  Within the first ten minutes, CUA tallied six scores with five coming off of free position shots.  The Cards managed a ten-goal lead midway through making it look as though the game would soon be over but even as CUA continued to score the Yellow Jackets managed a rally.  In a two-minute span Randolph-Macon scored three straight goals to make the score 18-11 but the Cards held on to sail to the 20-12 victory.

Sabo led CUA with seven goals on the day while Lauren Sheils (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) added three and Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) as well as Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) each had a pair.  Robinson and Sheils also notched four assists in the game.  On the defensive end, Marcy Cuneo (Haddonfield, N.J./Camden Catholic) had five caused turnovers and Robinson captured four draw controls.  Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) played all 60 minutes in goal with five saves in the game.

The Cardinals will travel to McDaniel on Thursday for a 4 p.m., game versus the Green Terror.

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