Kate Robinson Leads Women's Lacrosse to 19-14 Win
SALISBURY, Md.-After trailing by two goals nearly twenty minutes into the contest, CUA turned the momentum and struck with eight out of the next nine goals, defeating Mary Washington, 19-14 and securing a spot in the regional finals.
Kate Robinson (Emmitsburg, Md./Catoctin) led the offensive attack for CUA scoring eight goals and assisting on one to earn nine points for the contest. Kelly Ryan (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur), Mary Swarthout (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), and Kate Narzikul (Media, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) each scored three goals in the contest.
Adding to the offense were Laura Haring (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai), and Caroline Tultavull (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) with three assists each. The Cardinals totaled 30 points on the day adding a total of 11 assists to their 19 goals.
Defensively for the Cardinals, Melissa Brashear (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) added seven saves on 35 shots while Christina Rogers (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) and Robinson each added three caused turnovers.
After falling behind 4-2 with ten minutes remaining in the first half, CUA went on an 8-1 scoring run including four goals by Robinson. CUA won the shot battle in the first half leading the Eagles 25-19.
The second half started much the same with CUA scoring the first three out of four goals but a two goal run by Mary Washington cut the lead to five. Robinson again answered with a shot into an open net as the Eagle goalie was caught out of position, but Mary Washington answered quickly scoring only nine seconds later with a goal by Allie Kimmelman. The Eagles followed up that goal with two more before Mary Swarthout bounced a ball past the keeper to extend the lead to four with 14:30 remaining on the clock.
Mary Washington's Brittany Butler took a pass behind the net with just under thirteen minutes on the clock and found the back of the net only seconds later. After hitting the post, Lauren Callison followed up her own rebound and found the back of the net to get the Eagles within three with just over seven minutes remaining.
Kate Narzikul found the answer with 5:12 on the clock and reclaimed the four goal cushion. Narzikul then found Swarthout at the net and two extended the lead to five. Melissa Brashear then made a game-securing save with just over 1:30 remaining to end the contest.
CUA finished with 43 shots, and 19 goals in the win. The Cardinals dominated the draw controls winning 22 draws. CUA will now advance to the NCAA Div. III Regional Finals against Salisbury. That contest will take place at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.