CUA battles weather to outlast Rowan 18-14 in overtime

WASHINGTON – In a game that featured 32 goals and was interrupted for nearly two hours due to lightning, No. 10 CUA eventually outlasted Rowan 18-14 in overtime on Wednesday evening.  The teams were knotted at 14 following regulation and CUA then outscored the Profs 4-0 in the extra session to improve to 11-3 on the season.

CUA led Rowan 12-9 with 27:22 remaining in regulation, but the Profs proceeded to outscore the Cardinals 5-2 over the course of the next 23 minutes to tie things at 14 and force overtime.

In the extra session CUA received two goals from Katie Buonpastore and single goals from Mary Swarthout and Lindsay Davenport to earn its third straight win.

CUA started the game off hot, scoring the first three goals in a matter of 2:55.  Rowan answered with two straight to pull within one, but Swarthout's goal with 20:32 remaining before halftime made it a 4-2 game.

From there Rowan ripped off a 5-0 run to surge in front 7-4 with 10:37 on the first half clock, but two straight scores by the Cardinals made the score 7-6 with 7:32 remaining.

With 2:55 on the first half clock lightning moved into the area, forcing the teams and spectators to head for shelter.  Following a near two-hour delay the teams returned to the field to resume play.

The Profs made the most of the opportunity, scoring the first two goals after the stoppage to take a 9-6 lead with 38 ticks on the clock.  Buonpastore found the back of the net with 22 seconds to play though and that sent the teams into halftime with CUA trailing by two.

The Cardinals came out of halftime on fire, scoring five straight goals, including two by Robinson, two by Buonpastore and one by Swarthout to put CUA in front 12-9 with 27:22 left in the game.

From there Rowan scored five of the final seven goals in regulation, but CUA had plenty left in the tank and outlasted the Profs in overtime.

CUA was credited with 44 shots on the night, to 24 for Rowan.  The Profs won the ground ball battle (17-12), while the Cardinals won ten more draw controls (23-13).

CUA was 11 of 13 in clear attempts and forced the Profs into 16 turnovers.  Swarthout finished with a team-high three caused turnovers and eight draw controls, while she and Buonpastore were the team leaders in ground balls with three.

Michelle Lubrano netted a team-high six goals for Rowan, tying Buonpastore for game-high honors.

CUA will now close out its 2011 regular season on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to conference foe Scranton inside Cardinal Stadium.  The opening draw is set for 3 p.m.

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