WASHINGTON – CUA celebrated Senior Day in style on Friday afternoon, downing Drew 4-2. The win improves the Cardinals to 5-1 in the Landmark Conference and guarantees them of at least the No. 2 seed in next week's conference tournament. Sophomore Kim Hermann scored two goals on the day for CUA, while junior Megan Comunale sent back nine shots in goal.
After falling behind early in recent games, CUA flipped the script on Friday, with Hermann netting a goal just 3:21 into the game. Colleen Harwood centered the ball to Hermann, who knocked it into the back of the cage for a 1-0 lead.
Just over a minute later, Taylor Elliott scored for the Cardinals to give the home team a two-goal advantage. Rebecca Lukaszczyk found Elliott with a slick pass and the CUA freshman did the rest.
Right around the 15-minute mark, Harwood got off back-to-back shots, but Christiana Carlini saved both.
With less than three minutes to play in the half, Hermann struck again to put the Cards on top by three. Carlini came out to defend Hermann and stopped her initial shot, but Hermann stuck with it and netted goal number-two on the day.
Midway through the second half, Drew got on the board for the first time when Sami Calabrese knocked in her own rebound to make it a 3-1 game.
CUA looked to add to its lead with back-to-back shots by Hermann at the 56:55 mark, but Carlini was again up for the challenge, sending back both attempts.
With under 10 minutes to go, Danielle Waleko emerged from a scrum in front of the cage and knocked in the Rangers' second goal to cut the Cardinal lead to just one.
Unfazed, CUA regrouped and quickly added an insurance goal, when Harwood displayed some nifty dribbling skills and then beat Carlini for the score to make it 4-2.
CUA outshot the Rangers 25-16 on the day, including a commanding 19-5 advantage in the first 35 minutes.
Both teams were awarded eight penalty corners, and Carlini finished with16 stops for the visitors.
Prior to Friday's game, CUA honored its two seniors, Catherine Mirsky and Erica Guenthner. With that pair of ladies leading the way, the Cardinals have won 56 games, an ECAC championship and a Landmark Conference title, in addition to playing in their first NCAA Tournament, over the course of the last four seasons.
The defending conference champion Cardinals are now off until October 31 when they will host the semifinals of the conference tournament. Should Scranton lose to Juniata on Sunday, October 28, CUA will clinch the top seed in the tournament.