#19 Cardinals Clinch Landmark
Conference Tourney Berth
CUA defeats Scranton 18-5
SCRANTON, Pa. - The #19 Catholic University women's lacrosse squad defeated the University of Scranton Royals (8-6, 1-3 Landmark) 18-5 Saturday in a Landmark Conference match-up. The Cards jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game which the Royals could never recover from. CUA is now 12-4 on the season and 4-0 in the conference which clinched the team a berth in the Landmark Conference tournament.
The opening run was fueled by three goals from CUA's leading scorer Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin). She was joined by Caitlin O'Neill (Germantown, Md./Holy Child), Kate Narzikul (Philadelphia, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) and Lauren Sheils (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) who would all have multiple goals on the day. With less than nine minutes remaining in the period, Scranton got on the board with a score but their offensive turn was short-lived as CUA scored four more before the break with shots from Narzikul, Robinson and Sheils making it 11-1 at the half.
Scranton came out of the locker room fired up and found the back of the cage at 27:21. However the Cardinals responded with three scores of their own before the third Royal goal at the 15 minute mark. From that point on the game began to go back and forth but Scranton could never quite stage the necessary rally. Kelly Ryan (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) scored her second of the game at the 14 minute mark while O'Neill notched her second as well. Alex Kelly (Gt. Barrington, Mass./Berkshire School) hit a pair in the final eight minutes making the score 18-5.
Robinson led all scorers with four goals and two assists in the game while Caroline Taltavull (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) had one goal, four assists and five draw controls. Defensively, a number of players notched two caused turnovers for CUA for a total of 12. In goal, Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic ) picked up the win with six saves playing a majority of the contest.
The Cardinals will face Drew next weekend for the final game of the season. The Rangers are currently tied for second in the Landmark and within reach of CUA.