Cardinals Edge Mary Washington, 21-15
WASHINGTON- The #19 Catholic University women’s lacrosse team earned its second victory against a ranked opponent in as many games, downing #16 University of Mary Washington 21-15 at Cardinal Stadium Thursday afternoon. With the win, CUA’s record now stands at 4-5 on the year, while UMW drops to 7-3.
Nine different Cardinals scored goals in the victory, led by sophomore Meghan Brady who netted a game-high of six on the night. Three of those goals were scored within the first four minutes of play, as Brady blasted three consecutive to give Catholic an early lead. UMW's Catherine Kennedy responded by notching two of her five goals back-to-back to bring the score to 3-2. The two teams traded goals until the 14 minute mark of the first half, when Catholic's launched a 10-1 attack that gave them a 16-6 advantage by halftime.
The visiting Eagles responded in the second half by scoring the first four goals of the period. Lindsay Davenport and Mallory Vogel stretched the Cardinal lead to nine with twenty minutes to play, UMW managed a 6-3 run led to finish out the afternoon. Despite the late charge, Catholic's tough defense and excellent goalie play by Melissa Brashear helped fend off the attack. The Cardinals sealed the 21-15 victory as Brady fired in her sixth goal of the afternoon with 34 seconds to play.
After Brady, Davenport was the second highest scorer of the afternoon with three goals and one assist. Katie Buonpastore, Caroline Taltavull, Mary Swarthout, Kate Narzikul, and Vogel each netted three scores, while Sarah Lindell and Kelly Neligan each chipped in one. Thirteen assists were dished out by eight different players in CUA's team effort, including Swarthout with four helpers and Buonpastore with three. Brashear's record in goal now stands at 4-5, as the junior managed 8 saves in the net.
Catholic will be on the road this Wednesday, April 7, as they square off against regional foe Washington & Lee at 4:30.