CUA Athletics Weekend Preview

­­WASHINGTON – Welcome to CUA Athletics Weekend Preview, your source for the latest happenings with the Cardinals.  Men’s lacrosse, baseball, and men’s tennis open Landmark Conference play this weekend, while women’s tennis, softball, and women’s lacrosse have big matchups of their own. 

Softball (7-3, 0-0 Landmark Conference)
The CUA softball team will travel to Ashland, Virginia on Friday to play a doubleheader match-up against Randolph-Macon.  Last week, the Cardinals traveled to Kissimmee, Florida to compete in the Rebel Games. Top performers in Florida were Taylor Stockinger, Rose Shaver, and Amy Laughner. Laughner ended the week with a .471 batting average, three RBIs, and 16 hits followed by Stockinger with a .406 batting average, eight RBIs, and two homeruns. Shaver (.500 batting average, four runs, 11 hits, and four RBIs) is ranked third nationally in sacrifice hits per game with .670. Tori Marcavage led the Cardinals in the pitching circle with a 1.65 era, one shutout, and 25 strikeouts.  The first game against the Yellow Jackets is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. with the second game immediately following.

Women’s (8-2, 0-0 Landmark Conference)
Men’s (7-3, 0-0 Landmark Conference)
On Friday, the women’s tennis team will face Harford Community College on the road, while the men’s team opens Landmark Conference play in New York against Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday. Both teams traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina last week. The women’s team came back with three wins and one loss with the men’s team capturing four wins.  Caitlin Porter is undefeated this season in singles with eight straight wins, and in doubles Porter and her partner Ritamarie Holden are 5-1. Brian Bradley and Schuyler Hayward are leading the men’s team with 8-2 singles records. The women’s match against Harford is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. with the men’s match starting at noon on Saturday against Merchant Marine.
Men’s Lacrosse (3-5, 0-0 Landmark Conference)
CUA will open Landmark Conference play this Saturday against Merchant Marine Academy in New York. On Tuesday, CUA lost to No. 6 Washington College 18-3. Walter Hickey and Brendan Englert have scored 16 goals so far and freshman Harrison Holak has made 59 saves (.621) in goal. The Cardinals hope to bounce back on Saturday when they play Merchant Marine Academy at 1:30 p.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (1-2, 0-0 Landmark Conference)
The No. 13 Cardinals will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday to battle Elizabethtown. Two weeks ago, CUA lost to No. 2 Salisbury 18-7 and this past Wednesday the Cardinals lost to No. 10 York (Pa.) 13-8. Sophomore Caroline DiBartolomeo was named the Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week on March 4 for her stellar performance in CUA’s 15-7 win against Frostburg State on February 26. DiBartolomeo scored four goals against the Bobcats and caused two turnovers. She then netted three goals against No. 2 Salisbury and picked up four groundballs and three draw controls.  The Cardinals hope to end their two game losing streak against Elizabethtown on Saturday. The game will begin at 3 p.m.

Baseball (10-3, 0-0 Landmark Conference)
The baseball team will begin Landmark Conference play this weekend when it hosts Moravian. On Monday, the Cardinals dominated No. 24 Johns Hopkins 13-6, but they were shutout on Wednesday 6-0 by Mary Washington. The Cardinals traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last week for spring break. CUA captured four wins during its trip. Mark Kalokitis is leading CUA with a .366 batting average, 13 runs, 15 hits, and 11 RBIs, including five doubles and one homerun. Robin Mowatt has been dominating on the mound for the Cardinals with 11 strikeouts and a 2.45 era. CUA will start the weekend on Friday with a single game against Moravian starting at 4 p.m. and on Saturday, the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon with the second game immediately following.

Friday, March 15
Baseball vs. Moravian (4 p.m.)

Saturday, March 16
Baseball vs. Moravian (12/3 p.m.)

Friday, March 15
Softball at Randolph-Macon (2:30/4:30 p.m.)
Women’s Tennis at Harford Community College (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, March 16
Men’s Tennis at Merchant Marine Academy (12 p.m.)
Women’s Lacrosse at Elizabethtown (3 p.m.)
Men’s Lacrosse at Merchant Marine Academy (1:30 p.m.)