WASHINGTON, D.C. — No. 12 Catholic scored one of the biggest wins in school history on Tuesday evening by shocking the nation’s No. 1 team Salisbury 2-1. The Cardinals handed the Sea Gulls their first loss of the season and in the process earned their ninth consecutive win to improve to 13-1 on the year.
The game was evenly played throughout, with two of the country’s best teams going head-to-head. Salisbury was awarded a penalty corner 2:39 into the game and soon after Courtney Webster took a shot, but CUA’s Megan Comunale made the save.
Several minutes later the Sea Gulls got off three shots in a span of five seconds, but Comunale was there to stop all three.
Colleen Harwood took CUA’s first shot of the night at the 12:54 mark but it was blocked. Fortunately for the Cardinals, Mary Swarthout was right there and she tipped in the rebound to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
At the 16:25 mark CUA was awarded a penalty corner but the Cardinals were unable to generate anything out of it.
Salisbury pulled even in the 21st minute when Caitlin Walker scored off a feed from Erica Henderson to make it a 1-1 game. Soon after the Sea Gulls scored, CUA was awarded another penalty corner and that led to a shot by Tracey Scanlon, but it went wide keeping the score knotted at one.
In the final minute of the half, Salisbury got off two shots but Comunale once again stepped up to make the saves.
In the first two minutes of the second half Harwood and Swarthout took shots for CUA, but Anna Cooke stopped both attempts for the visitors. Later, the Sea Gulls were awarded a penalty corner at the 54:10 mark and Kristina Fusco worked herself free for a shot, but Comunale was right there to deny the attempt.
With 12 minutes to play CUA appeared to take the lead with a goal, but the officials said the ball hit the foot of a Cardinals player and the score remained 1-1. Unfazed, CUA continued to battle, and with less than three minutes remaining Scanlon found the back of the cage for a 2-1 Cardinals lead.
There were 27 combined shots in the game, with CUA taking 13 of them, and the Cardinals held an 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. Comunale had a strong game for the Cardinals, finishing with ten saves, while Cooke stopped two shots for the Sea Gulls.
No. 3 Lynchburg 4, Bridgewater 1
BRIDGEWATER, Va. — Junior Lindsay Leonard scored twice on Tuesday afternoon to lead third-ranked Lynchburg to a 4-1 victory at Bridgewater in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action.
Sophomore Kelli Williams finished off of her own rebound at 16:31 to put LC on the scoreboard. Leonard scored her first goal at 23:10 and followed 26 seconds later with another tally, assisted by senior Kristina Morris. The Hornets took the 3-0 advantage into halftime.
Freshman Katie Kline scored on a pass from Nicole Marburger midway through the second half to extend the Hornet lead to 4-0. The Eagles posted their lone goal with 1:30 left in the contest as Jennifer Bateman found the back of the cage.
The Hornets outshot Bridgewater 19-5 and held a 12-2 edge in penalty corners. Goalie Taylor Waddell stopped 13 shots for the Eagles (9-7/5-3 ODAC).
No. 4 TCNJ 4, Rowan 0
EWING, NJ — The College of New Jersey defeated visiting Rowan 4-0 in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action on Tuesday night.
The Lions, ranked fourth in the nation, improved their record to 16-2 on the season. TCNJ finished undefeated in the conference with a 6-0 mark. The Lions are the top seed in the NJAC Championship Tournament that starts on Wednesday, November 2. Rowan is 12-6 overall and 4-2 in the NJAC. The 17th-ranked Profs will be the third seed in the conference tournament.
Back Camille Passucci put the Lions on the scoreboard at 22:33, with her 12th goal of the season, off an assist from forward Caitlyn Jenkins had the assist. Midfielder Alex Okuniewicz recorded the second goal at 41:11 on a penalty stroke. At 51:01, forward Kathleen Notos scored unassisted to extend the lead to 3-0. With three minutes remaining, Jenkins tallied the final goal with a pass from forward Erin Waller to close the scoring at 4-0.
TCNJ totaled 21 shots while Rowan had 11. Goalie Shannon Syciarz made five saves for her seventh shutout. For the Profs, goalie Jen Goldberg stopped nine shots on the night.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.