#10 Cardinals Fly Past Gophers, 18-7
WASHINGTON-- CUA's women lacrosse team made it ten straight Tuesday afternoon as they defeated local rival Goucher College 18-7. The Cards move to a remarkable 11-2 on the season and saw goals from eight different players on the day on a total of 42 shots on goal. Catholic University also managed to win the ground ball battle 26 to 23 with the deciding factor proving to be draw controls as the Red and Black won 22 out of the 28 face offs.
The Gophers jumped out to an early one goal lead in the first half but it would not be enough. The high octane Cardinals offense began their barrage as Laura Haring (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai) scored three goals in the first half as well as three goals from Junior Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) to go into half time up 9-3. In the first half the squad managed to find the back of the net six times in just ten minutes. The Cardinals saw another solid performance from three year starter Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) who stopped five shots. Catholic University has now outscored its opponents an astonishing 115 to 57 in the first half and lead the Landmark Conference in goals per game at 14.67 per game.
The second half was much of the same for the Cards as they ripped off four goals in four minutes from three different players including Kate Robison, Kate Narziukl (Media, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy), and Laura Haring. Robison scored her fifth of the day and now has a team high 34 goals on the season. The Maryland native also ranks first in the conference in points per game with a remarkable 61 points so far in '09.
Goucher would score four more in the second half but it would not be enough as the combination of both offense and strong defense would outlast the Gophers run and seal the victory with a goal by Katie Buonapoastore (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) in the last two minutes.
Catholic University will return home on Thursday, April 9th at 4:00pm to battle Marymount College (Va.) at Cardinal Stadium. Coach McDonough and the squad will look to continue their success as they enter the home stretch and look to repeat as Landmark Conference Champions. Last time these two teams met was in Virginia a year ago and the Cards took the game 18-9.