Seahawks Hold Off Cards 15-14
Robinson has four goals for the game
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Catholic University women's lacrosse team lost a close one Thursday afternoon against former conference foe the St. Mary's Seahawks (6-3). The Cardinals were down just two at the half and outscored St. Mary's in the second but it wasn't enough as they fell 15-14. With the loss CUA falls to 5-3 for the season.
The Cards struck early with a goal from Katie Buonpastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) less than two minutes in but SMC answered with a trio of scores. At the 18 minute mark, Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) put bookends on Laura Haring's (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai) goal to put CUA back ahead by one. However, this led to a 6-0 Seahawk run over just six minutes which was a devastating blow to the Cardinal defense. Robinson added two more in the remaining minutes and with just five second left Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) netted her first of the game to make it 9-7 in favor of SMC at the break.
Marcy Cuneo (Haddonfield, N.J./Camden Catholic) started it off for the Cards in the second pulling them within one. Unfortunately, St. Mary's then staged another rally with four unanswered scores. Bitonti tallied her second of the game to stop the momentum making the score 13-9 with 15 minutes left. In the final 15 minutes, the Cardinal defense locked down and allowed just two SMC goals but the offense couldn't make up the difference. Buonpatore notched her second of the game and Cuneo added two more while both Meghan Sabo (Bell Canyon, Calif./Louisville) and Becky Borrell (Oreland, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) found the back of the cage for the Cards but it wasn't enough. Borrell's goal at 1:03 was CUA's last as they fell 15-14.
Robinson had a game-high four goals as well as two assists and Cuneo added three goals and two assists as well. The Cards had eight more shots and five more ground balls but fell in draw controls 17-14. Melissa Brashear took the loss in the net with eight saves in the game.
The Cards will have a week off before traveling to Washington and Lee next Thursday at 4 p.m.