Women's Lacrosse Finishes Season with 18-9 Setback at Salisbury
SALISBURY, Md.- A rough first half proved to be the downfall of the CUA women’s lacrosse team, as the squad was defeated by Salisbury University 18-9 in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament. With the loss, Catholic ends the year with a 13-7 overall record, while the Sea Gulls improve to 18-1.
The Sea Gulls netted the first two goals of the afternoon, but CUA’s Mary Swarthout closed the gap by converting of a free position shot less than three minutes in.
Salisbury then rattled off the next three consecutive goals to extend the lead to 5-1. Katie Buonpastore brought the Cards within three after chipping the ball past Sea Gull goalie Julie Ann Caulfield at the 20 minute mark. From that point on, however, Salisbury outscored Catholic 10-2 to take a 15-4 lead by halftime.
The second half was a very different story for the Cards, as the squad’s defense held the Sea Gulls to just three goals throughout the period. Offensively, the trio of Swarthout, Kelly Ryan, and Meg Brady combined for five goals to bring Catholic within nine. The damage had already been done, however, as Salisbury ran away with a 18-9 victory.
Swarthout led the Cardinal effort with three goals, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers on the night. Ryan and Brady each added a pair of goals, while Lindsay Davenport and Buonpastore chipped in one. Davenport and Buonpastore also combined for four caused turnovers in the loss.