April 18, 2009

Cards Fly Past Royals on Senior Day

Cards Fly Past Royals on Senior Day

4/18/09 

WASHINGTON-- The Catholic University of America's women's lacrosse team captured its 12th straight win this year by defeating the Royals of Scranton University by a count of 16-9 to move to a remarkable 13-2 overall and 4-0 in Landmark play.  Seven out of the 12 wins Catholic has won by at least five goals and are looking to make another run at a Landmark Conference Championship.  Catholic University saw seven different players score in the contest and outshot the Royals 39-27.

The Red and Black jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back as their balanced offensive attack saw goals from Katie Buonpastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) as well as three goals in the first half from Fr. Mary Swarthout (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel ).  Bounpastore now has 24 goals on the season and 27 assists to add to her 32 ground balls.  Scranton would make things interesting in the second half but it would not be enough to overcome the Cardinal lead.

The Royals managed to answer Catholic's six goals in the second half but would not be enough as Jr. Goal keep Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic)  continued to do what she has all year and saved 8 shots on goal.  Catholic University managed to scoop up 13 more ground balls than Scranton and capture 15 more draw controls then the visiting team on the day.

However, this day would belong to the seniors as both Lindsay and Katie Bitonti (North Potomac, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) will be graduating and will mark the end of two remarkable careers. The two seniors have accounted for 48 wins over their tenure and seen the squad make the NCAA playoffs a year ago for the first time.  Katie Bitonti has been a crucial part of the Cards high octane offense over the years and Lindsay has been a key element to Catholic's stifling defense, both will be sorely missed. 

Nevertheless the Cards still have two more games remaining in the regular season as they prepare for the Landmark Conference playoffs.  Coach McDonogh and the squad will hit the road Monday April 20th to battle Rowan University in a game scheduled for 6 p.m. in New Jersey.

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