Cardinals earn impressive 15-13 win over No. 11 Generals

WASHINGTON – Behind a balanced offensive attack No. 14 CUA picked up an impressive 15-13 win over No. 11 Washington & Lee (4-4) inside Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.  Mary Swarthout and Meghan Brady scored three goals apiece for the Cardinals (3-1), and Swarthout dished out a team-high five assists in helping CUA win its second straight.

Washington & Lee jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 1:25 of the game but CUA stormed back with the next three goals to move in front by one.  Swarthout scored twice and Kate Robinson once during the run.

The Generals pulled even on Alli Shearin's goal with 20:19 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals answered with a score by Lindsay Davenport to regain the lead.

Two straight scores by Washington & Lee put the visitors on top 5-4 but goals by CUA's Robinson and Chelsea Gleason gave the lead back to the Cardinals, 6-5, which is how it remained heading into halftime.

Washington & Lee struck first in the second half with a Wilston Megargel goal just 20 seconds in, but Davenport and Lauren Bernstein answered for CUA to put the home team back on top, this time by two scores.

Maddie McKaig's goal with 22:16 left in the game brought the Generals within one, but Brady responded with her first goal of the afternoon and CUA's lead was back to two.

The teams continued to go back-and-forth with Washington & Lee striking next on a Kate Donnelly goal, but Robinson, Swarthout and Brady went back-to-back-to-back for CUA to put the Cardinals in front by four, 12-8.

Alex Van Horn made it 12-9 with her goal at the 12:06 mark, only to see Katie Buonpastore answer for the Cardinals to put them back in front by four.

With 4:49 left to play Meade Brewster cut the CUA lead to three on a free position goal, but soon after, Swarthout fed Robinson for a goal and the Cardinals went on top 14-10.

Donnelly's free position goal with 3:07 remaining got the Generals to within 14-11, but once again CUA had an answer with Swarthout feeding Brady this time for a 15-11 Cardinals advantage.

Washington & Lee made things interesting in the final minute, scoring twice in a matter of 11 seconds, but CUA held off any thought of a Generals rally and picked up its third win of 2011.

CUA was credited with 37 shots in the game to Washington & Lee's 22, and the Cardinals picked up 23 ground balls, led by Meghan Paul with five.  Swarthout won five draw controls and Paul won three, while in goal for the Cardinals Gabby Sena sent back six shots.

Generals goalkeeper Katharine Farra stopped 15 shots on the afternoon and three different Generals found the back of the net three times.

The Cardinals now hit the road for three straight games beginning with a contest at No. 5 Gettysburg on Wednesday, March 23.  The opening draw is set for 5:30 p.m. 

CUA returns home on Thursday, March 31 when it hosts Middlebury in its Lax 4 Life game.  Start time is slated for 5 p.m.

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