Catholic upsets No. 5 Mary Wash Sept. 26, 2001

WASHINGTON - Danielle Deon (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Twp.) and Sondra Pires (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) scored two goals apiece as Catholic survived a wild 5-4 victory against Mary Washington in a CAC contest. It was the first victory for the Cardinals against the Eagles since 1990, breaking a 10-game winless streak. The Eagles (8-2, 3-1 CAC) who were currently ranked No. 5 in the STX/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll, suffered their first conference loss of the season.

The Cardinals opened the scoring quickly as freshman Rebecca Clark (Pasadena, Md./Seton Keough) scored 1:28 into the game with an assist from senior Andi Snyder (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Sacred Heart). Deon would follow with her first tally of the day less than two minutes later.

After a MWC timeout, the Eagles regrouped and cut the lead to 2-1 on Adrienne Trombley's goal at the 25:32 mark of the first half.

The Eagles' Jessica Morris found the back of the net at 16:33 and tied the game at 2-2. Deon would untie the game with her second goal of the contest with just under eight minutes in the half. Snyder would record her second assist of the day.

In the second half, the teams increased the pressure on both ends. Catholic's offense created numerous opportunities that resulted in two penalty strokes. Sondra Pires scored her first goal on a penalty stroke at 30:22 and again at 20:06 to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead.

The Eagles rallied back as their offensive pressure created two penalty strokes as well. Emily Nagel made it a two-goal game with her penalty stroke at 18:08 and 5-4 with her stroke at 16:51. The teams applied tremendous pressure the rest of the way but the Cardinals were able to preserve the win.

CUA's Katie Iannacone (Havertown, Pa./Villa Maria) made eight saves while Mary Washington's Meredith McDonald had five saves.

It's Catholic's second win against a Top 20 team in the last three games, following a 4-1 win against then-No. 12 Gettysburg on Sept. 18. Catholic's only loss on the season is to Salisbury, ranked No. 1 in the latest poll.