Cardinals moving onto championship after 3-2 win in semis
WASHINGTON – For the third time in four years, CUA will play for the Landmark Conference title, after the Cardinals downed Susquehanna 3-2 on Wednesday. CUA jumped out in front 3-0 before the Crusaders rallied to score a pair of second half goals, but the Cardinals held on for their 12th win of the season.
CUA took an early lead when Mary McGann fed Lauren Cadott for a goal at the 8:11 mark.
Less than 30 seconds later Erin Saia took a shot for the Cardinals, but Susquehanna's Rachel Norbuts made the save.
A shot by CUA's Maggie McCarthy at the 12:40 mark went high, while McGann's try five minutes later was stopped by Norbuts.
At the 19:26 mark, Saia fed classmate Caitlin Brett for a shot that Brett put into the back of the net for a 2-0 Cardinals lead.
CUA continued to look to increase its lead, receiving a shot from Regina Zolbrod at the 26-minute mark that went high, and a header by Courtney Orgill one minute later that was also high.
In the final five minutes of the half, CUA had three chances to up its lead, but Kate Masson had two shots sent back by Norbuts and Brett's attempt was blocked.
Less than three minutes into the second, Caroline Burke gave the Cardinals a three-goal advantage when she knocked in a terrific pass from Orgill.
CUA continued to look for more scoring opportunities, outshooting the Crusaders 5-0 over the course of the next 20 minutes, but the Cardinals were unable to increase their lead.
At the 73:02 mark Marissa DeParto put Susquehanna on the board when she booted in a pass from Chayna Schiff to make it a 3-1 contest.
Nine minutes later, things got interesting when Samantha Price found the back of the net to pull the Crusaders to within one.
With less than five to play, Susquehanna appeared to have tied the score, but the Crusaders were whistled for being offside and CUA maintained its one-goal advantage.
Kate Wiley took the final shot of the day for the Crusaders at the 88:12 mark but it went wide and moments later the Cardinals were moving onto the championship.
CUA held a decided advantage in shots, totaling 29 to only 11 for Susquehanna. The Cardinals were also awarded six of the seven corner kicks in the match.
Christina Cassidy stopped four shots in goal for the home team, while Norbuts finished with 11 stops.
CUA now moves onto the Landmark Conference championship match, which will take place on Saturday, November 5. The Cardinals will travel to Pennsylvania to face the top-seeded Scranton Royals at 1 p.m. CUA fell to Scranton 1-0 earlier this season in a very tight match in Pa.
CUA Head Coach JP Sousa discusses Wednesday's game and looks ahead to the championship below.