Cardinals open conference play with 4-2 win over Moravian

Cardinals open conference play with 4-2 win over Moravian

WASHINGTON – After falling behind 1-0 to Moravian, CUA stormed back to score the next four goals en route to a 4-2 win over the Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon.  The Cardinals improve to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Landmark Conference, while Moravian drops to 2-4 overall and 0-1.

CUA took 36 shots on the day, while holding Moravian to just nine.  The Cardinals were also awarded 17 penalty corners and Moravian finished with 10.

Near the five-minute mark, CUA took seven shots in a three-minute span, but Moravian's Catherine Gottlieb stopped six of them and the other was blocked.

The Greyhounds broke the scoreless tie at the 15:50 mark when Kelly O'Donnell scored off an assist by Tori Poliskiewicz.

CUA's defense tightened up from there, holding the Greyhounds to only one more shot for the remainder of the half, and the offense came alive with the game-tying goal from freshman Tarah Portland at the 30:05 mark.

Three minutes later, freshman Kiera McGovern scored her first goal of the season to give CUA its first lead of the day.  Colleen Harwood set McGovern up for the score with some nifty dribbling through the Greyhounds defense.

Six minutes into the second half, the Cardinals went in front by two when Rebecca Lukaszczyk knocked in a rebound off a saved shot for her second score of 2012.

The shots continued for CUA, as the Cardinals looked to up their lead, and at the 50:42 mark Kim Hermann did just that, scoring her second goal of the season.  Ellie Banholzer assisted on the score as CUA took a 4-1 lead.

Catherine Duffin closed the scoring out with a Moravian goal at the 62:39 mark, setting the final margin at two.

Megan Comunale earned the win in goal for the home team, stopping four shots in 61 minutes of action, before giving way to freshman Emma Warden, who saw her first collegiate action down the stretch.

Gottlieb did all she could to keep Moravian in it, stopping an incredible 26 shots on the afternoon.

CUA will now hit the road for its next four games, beginning with a Tuesday matchup with Mary Washington.  Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.