CUA races past Yellow Jackets 19-2 in 2011 opener

WASHINGTON – CUA scored six goals in the opening six minutes and never looked back in a 19-2 win over Randolph-Macon in the 13th ranked Cardinals 2011 season opener on Tuesday.  Senior All-American Kate Robinson registered three goals and seven assists in her return to the lineup and overall 13 different CUA players scored.

Meghan Brady scored the first goal of the season for CUA, just 42 seconds into the game to put the Cardinals up 1-0.  Robinson then got on the board off an assist from Brady 53 seconds later and the lead was 2-0.

Mary Swarthout scored her first goal of 2011 with 28:02 left on the first half clock to put the Cardinals on top 3-0 and following goals by Lindsay Davenport, Robinson and Kelly Ryan, CUA was in front by six not even six minutes into the contest.

Brady made it a seven-goal lead with her score at the 19:11 mark of the opening half, before Randolph-Macon finally got on the board when Alicia McGrew scored with 15:10 to play before halftime.

Chelsea Gleason answered the Yellow Jackets goal with a score of her own to put CUA up 8-1, but Elyse Cooper responded with Randolph-Macon's second score of the day to cut it to a six-goal game.

That was as close as the Cardinals would let it get and added five more goals before halftime to take a commanding 13-2 lead at the break.  Mary Robinson, Lauren Berstein, Mallory Vogel, Sarah Lindell and Gleason each scored to give CUA an 11-goal advantage.

CUA began the second half just like it did the first with Kate Robinson scoring less than two minutes in to make it a 14-2 game.  Katie Buonpastore then got into the scoring act with a goal at the 25:16 mark, and after Ryan netted her second score of the afternoon with 22:27 to play the Cardinals were in front 16-2.

Lindell made it a 15-goal lead for CUA with her goal at the 14:17 mark and Megan Gormley and Theresa Ciletti added two more down the stretch to set the final margin at 17.

Kate Robinson, Brady, Ryan, Lindell and Gleason each scored multiple goals on the day, while Kate Robinson (seven), Buonpastore (four) and Brady (two) all handed out at least two assists.

The Cardinals outshot the Yellow Jackets 33-14 and scooped up 29 ground balls to just 14 by the visitors.  Bernstein and Kate Robinson led CUA with four ground balls apiece and Ryan and Caroline Scalamandre won two draw controls each.

Defensively, the Cardinals caused ten turnovers and in goal Gabby Sena got the start and sent back seven shots in 48 minutes of action before giving way to freshman Yasmeen Aldari.

Yellow Jackets goalkeeper Alex Flammia stopped seven shots in her 60 minutes of work.

The Cardinals will return to action on Sunday, March 6 when they play host to the nation's number-one ranked team and defending national champion, Salisbury.  Action will begin at 1 p.m. from inside Cardinal Stadium.

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