CUA falls to Lynchburg 2-0 in NCAA Second Round

CUA falls to Lynchburg 2-0 in NCAA Second Round

EWING, N.J. – CUA's 2011 season came to an end on Saturday, after the Cardinals fell to Lynchburg 2-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  The Hornets scored one goal in each half to snap CUA's 13-game winning streak and advance to Sunday's third round.  CUA finishes its season with a 17-2 record.

The game was evenly played throughout, with CUA outshooting its counterpart 13-10, and owning a 12-7 advantage in penalty corners. 

The Cardinals got the first shot of the game when Colleen Harwood got free for an attempt only 1:32 in, but Tiffany Frye was there for the save for Lynchburg.

Maura Campbell looked to give CUA an early lead with her shot at the 4:02 mark, but it was blocked.

Soon after, Lindsay Leonard took a shot for the Hornets, but Megan Comunale sent it back for CUA.

A Katie Kline shot at the 17:58 mark for Lynchburg was also stopped by Comunale, but Tarah Rahner poked in the loose ball and the Hornets went in front 1-0.

CUA had one more shot in the half, which came from Cassie Sperruzza at the 30:51 mark, but it went wide.

Early in the second Lynchburg was awarded three consecutive penalty corners, and on the third the Hornets received a goal from Kelli Williams to go on top 2-0.

CUA kept battling, getting back-to-back shots from Kim Hermann around the 53-minute mark, but one was saved, and Melanie Tenney made a defensive save on the other.

Several minutes later, after three straight penalty corners by CUA, Harwood got a shot off but Frye made the save to keep it 2-0.

CUA continued to have its chances, getting off seven shots in the final 2:28, but the Cardinals just couldn't find the back of the cage.  It marked the first time all season that CUA was shut out.

Megan Comunale finished with six saves for the Cardinals, while Frey turned back six shots of her own for the Hornets.

To view a photo gallery from Saturday's game, click here.

CUA's 17 victories this season are tied for the most in program history (2010).  This was the Cardinals first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which followed their first conference championship.  CUA defeated Eastern 5-2 earlier in the week in the first round of the tournament and finished the season unblemished at home (11-0).