CUA downs Guilford 12-8 in North Carolina

CUA downs Guilford 12-8 in North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – CUA rode a 5-1 third quarter to a 12-8 win over Guilford on Saturday afternoon.  The win is the fifth straight for the Cardinals and improves them to 6-1 overall.  Marc Saxton scored a game-high four goals, while Chris Fuccillo added two.

Guilford jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 11:21 mark of the opening quarter when Greg Nash scored off a Chase Clausen assist.

Saxton got CUA on the board two minutes later to tie things at one, and he gave the Cardinals the lead with his second score at the 5:37 mark.

12 seconds later, Henry Farley pulled Guilford even when he found the back of the net and that is how the score remained after one quarter.

Brendan Englert gave the lead back to the Cardinals when he found the back of the net early in the second, and Tom Scotto followed with another CUA goal to put the visitors on top 4-2.

Guilford got to within one on Taylor Tesodosio’s goal at the 11:05 mark, and Nick Mann tied things at four with his goal at the 9:20 mark.

Henry Farley then put CUA in a one-goal hole with a score 28 seconds later and when Greg Nash found the back of the net at the 7:14 mark, the Cardinals were down 6-4.

Fuccillo made it 6-5 with a goal with 2:32 to play before halftime, and Englert’s score with 28 ticks to go pulled the Cardinals even at intermission.

Sean Cummins got the third quarter going with a goal to give CUA a 7-6 lead, and Fuccillo’s score at the 9:30 mark increased the lead to two.

Brian Keith got into the act with a goal at the 8:18 mark to make it 9-6, but Teodosio pulled Guilford within two with a score at the 4:39 mark.

With under a minute to play in the quarter, Fuccillo and Saxton scored to send CUA into the final 15 minutes leading  11-7.

Saxton scored his fourth goal with 8:17 to play in the game, which put the Cardinals on top by five, and the CUA defense was able to hold Guilford without a score until only nine seconds were left.

CUA finished with a 40-29 advantage in shots, and a 26-20 lead in ground balls.  The Cardinals were 12 of 14 in clear attempts and 16 of 24 in face-offs.

Tom Scotto won 14 face-offs for the Cardinals and led the way with seven ground balls, while Fuccillo, Chris Wellock and Drew Saine each caused a turnover.

Patrick Pfaff stopped 10 shots in goal for CUA, while Guilford goalie Thomas Deane sent back 11 shots.

The Cardinals return to action on Tuesday when they again hit the road, this time to face Washington College.  The opening face-off is set for 6 p.m.