#19 Cardinals Rout Gophers
CUA scores 12 goals in the second half
WASHINGTON - The #19 Catholic University women's lacrosse team made it four in a row on Wednesday with a 17-12 victory over the Goucher College Gophers (2-8, 1-1 Landmark). The Cardinals got down early but a big second half sealed the victory. The game was CUA's second Landmark Conference victory and improved the squad to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in league play.
The teams traded goals for the first ten minutes but at 18:54 the Gophers added one more to gain an advantage. Less than a minute later Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) evened it up and at 10:20 Kelly Ryan put the Cards one top. Unfortunately the Cardinals stalled for the final ten minutes allowing Goucher a 5-1 run. The Gophers knotted it at four and despite a score from CUA's Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), kept the momentum to post a 3-0 run to end the half ahead 7-5.
The Gophers looked to be in control starting the second half as they added another but CUA finally got back on track at the 27:49 mark which would be a turning point in the game. CUA staged a 6-0, five-minute run to take an 11-8 lead. During the rally the ball never got to the other end of the field as the Cards dominated the entire game, Robinson posted three of the six goals. Goucher finally stopped it at 22:45, but the Cardinals had gained a an 11-9 advantage. The teams once again traded goals for much of the second half but with two minutes left and a two-goal lead, CUA tossed in a trio of shots to make the final 17-12.
Robinson once again led the Cardinals in scoring with seven goals to her credit. She also had two ground balls and draw control in the game. Laura Haring (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai) added three goals for CUA while Bitonti and Marcy Cuneo (Haddonfield, N.J./Camden Catholic) each had two. Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) took the win in goal with six saves. CUA out shot Goucher 30-20 and held an advantage in draw controls by three.
The Cardinals will travel to Moravian this weekend for another Landmark Conference contest.