Cards Roll Over Crusaders
Robinson scores seven goals in the contest
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University women's lacrosse team defeated the Susquehanna University Crusaders (2-6, 0-1) 19-10 Saturday in both squads' opening Landmark Conference match. CUA struggled in the first half but cam back strong in the second to get the victory and improve to 8-4 on the season, 1-0 in conference.
CUA looked to be in control in the first period as they quickly took a 3-0 lead on goals from Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin), Caroline Taltavull (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and Marcy Cuneo (Haddonfield, N.J./Camden Catholic). Unfortunately after dominating for the opening ten minutes the Crusaders found a hole and took advantage rattling off five unanswered scores to make it 5-3. Robinson finally stopped the bleeding hitting an off-balance shot from Katie Buonpastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) but once again Susquehanna came back. With three minutes left, Kate Narzikul (Philadelphia, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) got the ball at midfield and went down the field untouched to score the final goal of the half making it 6-5 at the break.
After faltering in the first half, the Cards didn't let it happen in the second. Robinson scored eight minutes in to get it going and after one Susquehanna goal, it was CUA's turn to rally. The Cards put together a 6-0 run lasting six minutes to gain control of the contest. Robinson notched a pair of tallies during the run while Lauren Sheils (Hanover, Md./Archbishop Spalding) matched her with two as well. A Crusader goal at 16:21 ended the rally but didn't stop the scoring when Robinson hit two more to make the score 14-8. Susquehanna managed just two more scores in the game with CUA going on another 5-0 run including the final two goals of the game from senior Jackie Lodge (Bethesda, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) making the final 19-10.
Robinson led the scoring with seven goals and one assist while Sheils and Taltavull each had three to their credit. Buonpastore notched a team-high three assists. The Cards had 52 shots to Susquehanna's 17 also holding a 21-17 advantage in ground balls. Defensively, Christina Rogers (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) had a team-best three caused turnovers for CUA while Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic ) had four saves in goal. Susquehanna keeper, Jess Weiss, had a solid day with 20 saves.
The Cardinals will host Goucher on Wednesday at Cardinal Stadium in another Landmark Conference matchup.