CUA improves to 2-0 with second straight shutout win

CUA improves to 2-0 with second straight shutout win

WASHINGTON – CUA continued its torrid start to the 2010 season with another strong offensive showing on Saturday as the Cardinals downed McDaniel 5-0 inside Cardinal Stadium.  Four different CUA players scored on the afternoon, including Emma Dixon, who netted a pair of goals to help move the Cardinals to 2-0.

CUA was again dominant across the board, outshooting its counterpart 23-4, including a 14-1 advantage in the first half.  Krystyanna Ramsdell went the entire 70 minutes in goal for the Cardinals and sent back one shot while Stephanie Thomson stopped eight shots for McDaniel.

Just like it did in its season opener, CUA got off to a fast start on Saturday as Dixon took a feed from Abby Banholzer and found the back of the cage a minute in to the game to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.  Two minutes later Catherine Mirsky made it 2-0 when she scored on a penalty corner.

Mary Swarthout continued her strong play for the Cardinals with her fourth goal of the season at the 9:48 mark to put CUA on top 3-0.  Dixon’s second goal of the day, and fifth of the season, came at the 18:28 mark off an assist from Swarthout to make it 4-0 and Sencindiver then got into the act with her first goal of the season less than two minutes before halftime.  Meredith Chandler assisted on the score, which came on a penalty corner and that sent the teams into intermission with CUA comfortably in front.

The Cardinals were unable to score again in the second half, but did run their scoreless streak to 140 minutes as they shut out their second straight opponent.

"I thought we started off strong with an early goal and really kept the pressure on the entire first half," CUA head coach Gia Cillizza said afterwards.  "In the second half I thought we were a little complacent though."

"The defense was great," Cillizza added.  "They're a strong group with a lot of experience and right now they're playing very well as a unit."

CUA gets little time to enjoy its win as the Cardinals get right back to work on Sunday afternoon when they hit the road for the first time in 2010 with a trip to Randolph-Macon.  The contest is slated to begin at 4:30.  

"It will be good for us to get on the road tomorrow," Cillizza explained.  "We've gotten off to a strong start in our first two games and I'm hoping for more of the same.  It's going to be a little different though because we'll be on grass, which we're not used to playing on, but I think we feel confident that we can play on any surface."