Strong second half leads CUA to bounce back win at Drew

MADISON, N.J. – The Cardinals bounced back from a tough loss earlier this week with a 10-9 win at Drew on Saturday afternoon.  No. 10 CUA trailed 6-2 at halftime but outscored the Rangers 8-3 in the final 30 minutes to earn their sixth win of 2011.  Kate Robinson and Lindsay Davenport led the winners with four goals each.

In a little over seven minutes Drew had built a 2-0 lead with goals by Stacie Brown and Becca Schild.  Kelly Ryan got CUA on the board with a goal 19:34 before halftime, but the Rangers added two more scores in just 1:20 to go in front 4-1.

Davenport got on the board for the first time with a goal 15:07 prior to halftime, but the Rangers scored the final two goals of the half to take an impressive 6-2 lead into intermission.

Unfazed, CUA came out like a different team in the second half, getting a goal from Robinson just 38 seconds in to pull within 6-3.  Lindsay Fry's score less than three minutes later made it a 7-3 game, but the Cardinals responded with the next three goals to pull within one, 7-6.

Mary Robinson, Kate Robinson and Davenport scored the three Cardinal goals.

Brown found the back of the net with 15:59 left to play in the game to make it 8-6 in favor of the Rangers, but again CUA had an answer, this time in the form of four straight goals to power the Cardinals to a 10-8 lead.

During the 4-0 scoring run Davenport and Robinson scored twice each in a span of just 4:15.

Fry scored with 3:35 on the clock to make it 10-9, which set up an exciting finish.

CUA won the ensuing draw control but the Cardinals turned the ball over, giving the Rangers a chance to tie things up.  Brown's shot was saved by Sena though and CUA's lead remained intact.

With 1:45 to play CUA turned the ball over and Drew followed with a timeout.  Following the stoppage the Rangers worked the ball around for a shot, which eventually came from Sloane Coles, but Sena stopped her as well.

Kate Robinson then caused a huge Drew turnover with only 15 seconds remaining, Mary Swarthout scooped up the ground ball, and moments later the game was over.

CUA out shot the Rangers 35-26 on the afternoon and the Cardinals picked up five more ground balls (19-14).  Swarthout led the team with four ground balls, and Robinson caused four turnovers.

Sena finished with 12 saves in goal, and Sarah Lindell, Swarthout and Kate Robinson handed out assists.

Coles and Allison McCord led the home team with three ground balls each and Rachel Hanley sent back 11 shots in goal.

CUA remains on the road with a trip to take on Haverford on Wednesday.  Start time is 4 p.m.

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