CUA races past Hood College 9-1 in home opener

CUA races past Hood College 9-1 in home opener

WASHINGTON – Saturday's home opener proved to be a success for CUA, with the Cardinals racing past Hood 9-1 inside Cardinal Stadium. CUA scored the first eight goals of the afternoon and cruised to its first win of 2013. Walter Hickey scored four goals to lead the Cards, while Brendan Englert added two goals and two assists.

Brian Finnegan put CUA on the board 5:53 into the contest off an assist by Englert.

Senior Nathan Chan then put the Cardinals in front by two when Finnegan fed him for a goal with 4:55 to play in the 1st.

Hickey got on the board for the first time with 10:26 to play in the 2nd to make it a three-goal lead, and Englert sent CUA into halftime with a 4-0 advantage when he found the back of the net with 3:30 remaining.

Chan scored his second goal of the afternoon with 11:37 to play in the 3rd to put the home team in front by five, and three minutes later, Hickey made it a six-goal advantage with his second score of the day.

The scoring continued for CUA when Englert took a feed from Chan and found the back of the net with 6:28 on the quarter clock.

Hickey then closed the quarter with his third score of the day to send the Cardinals into the final 15 minutes with a healthy eight-goal lead.

Hood finally got on the board when Doug Brisbane found the back of the net 48 seconds into the 4th, but CUA never let the Blazers score again.

With 9:47 remaining, Hickey closed out the scoring with his fourth goal to put CUA in front 9-1.

CUA finished with a 34-25 advantage in shots, while both teams scooped up 30 ground balls.

Hood controlled action at the X, winning 10 of 13 face-offs, while CUA went 25 of 29 on clear attempts.

Freshman Harrison Holak earned the win in goal for the Cardinals, sending back 13 shots, while John Martin also stopped 13 shots for the visitors.

Chan scored two goals and dished out an assist for the victors, while Holak totaled four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

The Cardinals are back in action on Wednesday evening when they travel to face Marymount at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Va. Start time is set for 7 p.m.