Cardinals shock nation's No. 1 ranked team Salisbury, 2-1

Cardinals shock nation's No. 1 ranked team Salisbury, 2-1

WASHINGTON – CUA scored one of the biggest wins in school history on Tuesday evening by shocking the nation's No. 1 team Salisbury 2-1.  The No. 12 Cardinals handed the Sea Gulls their first loss of the season and in the process earned their ninth straight 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.

The final minutes ticked away and the CUA sideline erupted in celebration after taking down the nation's number-one team.

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.

The Cardinals close out their regular season on Saturday afternoon when they head to New Jersey to face Drew.  Start time is set for 1 p.m.