Generals Top Cards
WASHINGTON- Despite outshooting their regional opponent 31-28, the #13 Catholic University of America women's lacrosse was knocked off by #8 Washington & Lee on their home turf Saturday afternoon by a score of 10-9. CUA now falls to 1-1 on the year, while W&L improves to 2-0.
After the Generals rattled off five goals within the first seven minutes of play, the Cardinals regrouped and began to claw their way back into the game. With 9 minutes remaining in the half, Mary Swarthout (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) scored the first of three consecutive goals for the Red and Black, pulling the squad to within one at the 3:40 mark. W&L was able to find the back of the net at the very end of the half, and the Generals entered the halftime period with a slight 6-4 advantage.
CUA's Laura Haring (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai) struck first for the home standing Cardinals at the beginning of the second half with an unassisted goal at the 22 minute mark. W&L's Kate Donnelly answered by scoring back-to-back goals for the Generals to put them ahead 8-5. The Cards then traded goals with their opponent, and Katie Bitonti's (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) goal with three minutes in the game pulled CUA to within one. The tough defensive efforts of the Generals kept the Red and Black at bay, however, as time ran out before the squad could score again.
The Cardinals used an extremely balanced offensive attack in the contest, with Katie Buonpastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic), Haring, and Bitonti tallying two goals each. Swarthout, Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin ), and Kelly Ryan (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) each chipped in a goal apiece. Bitonti and Swarthout also contributed five and four groundballs, respectively.
The squad returns to action after the spring break period, where they will be travelling to New Orleans as a part of their community service project. Their home contest on Sunday, March 8th against Salisbury is scheduled for 3 p.m.