W&L Edges Women's Lacrosse, 10-9
LEXINGTON, Va.- The 16th-ranked CUA women's lacrosse team suffered a 10-9 setback to #14 Washington and Lee Wednesday afternoon, despite a three goal push in the final eight minutes of play. With the loss, the Cardinals stand at 4-6 overall, while W&L improves to 9-4.
Washington & Lee took an early lead, scoring three unanswered goals in the first four minutes of play. Catholic got on the board after Katie Buonpastore connected with Meg Brady at the 25 minute mark. The Generals responded by converting two free position shots to give the squad a 5-1 lead. CUA's Mary Swarthout and Caroline Taltavull recorded back-to-back goals to put the Cards within two, but W&L's Wilton Megargel scored before the end of the half to give the Generals a 7-3 advantage at the break.
The Cardinals came charging back in the second stanza, outscoring the host team 3-1 in the opening minutes. Taltavull first fired in a pass from Christina Rogers, and then Swarthout added two unassisted to bring the Cards within one. W&L then notched three goals of their own, extending their lead to four. CUA finished up the game with three consecutive goals in the final eight minutes, but it was not enough for the visitors, as Washington & Lee ran away with the 10-9 victory.
Taltavull and Swarthout were a dynamic duo, each recording three goals and combining for five groundballs on the night. Buonpastore, Brady, and Kelly Ryan each chipped in one apiece. Goalie Melissa Brashear had another busy night in the net, recording 9 saves for the Cardinals.
CUA will look to bounce back this Saturday, April 10, as they host conference foe Drew University at 1 p.m.