Cardinals Upset #14 Eagles,
Robinson scores five goals in the game
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's lacrosse team made national waves Wednesday with a 13-8 victory over the #14 University of Mary Washington Eagles (7-5) at Cardinal Stadium. CUA stopped a UMW rally in the second half to hold on for the victory, its first over a ranked opponent this season. With the win, CUA improves to 7-4 on the season.
Mary Washington looked to be in control as the team rattled off two goals to start the game. At 24:08, however, the Cardinals overcame their early malaise and went on a 4-0 run sparked by two goals from Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin), one from Laura Haring (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai ) and a free position shot credited to Christina Rogers (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic). From this point on, the Cardinal offense dominated possession. The Eagles found the back of the net at 13:23, but Meghan Sabo (Bell Canyon, Calif./Louisville) and Robinson answered with two more scores. After one final UMW goal, the Cards closed out the half with Sabo and Katie Buopastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) notching scores to make it 8-4 at the break.
The Eagles came out firing in the second half scoring three goals in the first seven minutes to tighten the score making the Cardinal lead just one. However after a small lapse, the defense got back on track and the offense found its shot as CUA staged a 5-1 run to finish off the game. Haring and Robinson each notched two goals in the rally while Sabo included one to make the final 13-8 marking one of CUA's biggest victories of the season.
The offense was led by Robinson who had five goals and an assist for the game. Haring and Sabo each had three with Haring also tallying a pair of assists. Marcy Cuneo (Haddonfield, N.J./Camden Catholic) led in helpers with three on the game. The Cards had 25 shots to UMW's 23 and picked five more ground balls.
While the offense played well, the true grit was shown on the defensive end as CUA's Lindsay Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) marked one of the best scorers in the country holding her two just two goals. Goalkeeper Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) also had a career day with 11 saves in 23 shots faced.
The Cardinals will finally get into conference play this Saturday with a Landmark game against Susquehanna beginning at 1 p.m.