CUA meets Lynchburg in NCAA Tournament on Wednesday evening

CUA meets Lynchburg in NCAA Tournament on Wednesday evening

WASHINGTON – CUA travels to Virginia on Wednesday evening for an NCAA Tournament 1st Round game vs. ODAC champion Lynchburg.  The Cardinals won their second straight Landmark Conference title over the weekend and will be playing in their second NCAA Tournament.

CUA enters the tourney with a record of 12-7, which included a 5-1 mark within the Landmark Conference.  The Cardinals dropped three straight games towards the end of October, but rebounded nicely and have since won three straight, including a pair of conference tournament games last weekend.

Hayley Wright and Colleen Harwood lead CUA with 13 and 11 goals, respectively, while Harwood is the team leader in points with 34.

Wright (32), Taylor Elliott (19), Maura Campbell (19) and Kim Hermann (14) have also scored double-digit points, and 12 Cardinals have scored at least one goal.

Senior captain Catherine Mirsky leads the way with two defensive saves, while junior Megan Comunale has stopped 105 shots in 1,364 minutes in goal, posting a .795 save percentage.

CUA enters the tournament averaging better than three goals per game (3.21), and has outshot its counterparts 478-221.  The Cardinals have scored multiple goals 16 times, with a high of 10 coming vs. conference foe Goucher.

CUA, which is receiving votes in this week’s NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll, played four NCAA Tournament teams throughout the year, including Rowan, Salisbury, Mary Washington, and Christopher Newport.

Lynchburg enters Wednesday’s showdown with a 17-3 record, including a perfect 8-0 march through the ODAC.  The Hornets captured their seventh consecutive conference title on Saturday, and enter the tournament ranked 11th nationally.

Lindsay Leonard is the team’s leading scorer with 20 goals and 46 points.  She scored three goals twice this season and had multiple goals in five games.

Kelsey Link and Shelly Minks have both scored nine goals on the year, while Katie Kline and Ashley Nelson have found the back of the cage seven times each.

Hannah Myers has started 16 games in goal for Lynchburg, totaling 48 saves and an impressive 0.99 goals against average.

CUA and Lynchburg met in last year’s NCAA Tournament in the 2nd Round in Ewing, N.J. on the campus of The College of the New Jersey.  The Hornets came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win, before falling to TCNJ in the regional championship.

The Cardinals and Hornets have faced four common opponents this season, including Mary Washington, Elizabethtown, Christopher Newport and Randolph-Macon.  CUA went 2-2 vs. those foes, while Lynchburg went 2-3, having beaten Randolph-Macon twice.

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Wednesday’s game gets underway at 5 p.m. from Virginia.  Lynchburg will offer live video and stats of the contest.