Catholic rallies to reach CAC semis Oct. 22, 2001

WASHINGTON - Catholic survived a major scare as the Cardinals rallied for two second-half goals to defeat St. Mary's 2-1 in a first round Capital Athletic Conference Tournament game.

The No. 6 seeded Seahawks struck first as Sarah Slone knocked home a ball off a scramble in front of the net at the 14:06 mark of the first half. Stunned but steady, Catholic remained persistent for the equalizer.

In the second half, Catholic turned up the pressure as it has done all season long to create numerous scoring chances. The Cardinals had a golden opportunity to tie the game with 18 minutes left as sophomore Danielle Deon (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Twp.) was taken down inside the arc that resulted in a penalty shot. Junior Sondra Pires (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth), who took the attempt, was 4-for-4 on penalty shots this season, but missed, sending her shot wide left.

Seven minutes later Catholic (15-2, 3-2 CAC) would finally get on the scoreboard as junior Steph Roselle (Tinton Falls, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) took a feed from freshman Rebecca Clark (Pasadena, Md./Seton Keough) off a penalty corner and put one past Seahawk keeper Nicole Downs to tie it at 1-1.

Roselle's goal ignited the CUA offense, keeping the ball in the St. Mary's end. The increase in the tempo resulted in five second-half penalty corners.

Catholic capped their comeback when senior co-captain Andi Snyder (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Sacred Heart) broke free from the Seahawk defense down the sideline and fired a shot from the left side. Falling to the ground, her shot zipped its way into the back of the net at the 7:17 mark to give CUA a 2-1 lead.

St. Mary's (3-10, 1-4 CAC) managed to put together one last offensive effort, but time ran out on the Seahawks.

Junior goalie Katie Iannacone (Havertown, Pa./Villa Maria) posted six stops while her counterpart, SMC's Nicole Downs, kept her team in the game as she made 13 saves.

Catholic moves on to play No. 1 seeded Mary Washington on Thursday, Oct. 25, while York plays at Salisbury.