Catholic Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Hampden-Sydney, 13-12

Catholic Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Hampden-Sydney, 13-12

WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's lacrosse team won its home-opener on Wednesday night at Cardinal Stadium as the Cards earned a hard-fought nonconference victory over Hampden-Sydney, 13-12.

It is the first time in program history that Catholic has topped HSC. The Tigers entered the game receiving votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20 poll.

Junior midfielder Bennett Bradley led way with five goals in the game. He scored the first goal of the game just 1:38 into the contest as the Cardinals never trailed.

Senior Victor Licata joined Bradley with a five-point day as he scored four times with an assist. His classmate Tim Keith was not far behind as he scored once and assisted on three other scores.

Catholic came out on fire and built a 6-1 advantage 10 minutes into the game. Hampden-Sydney was able to rally and nearly matched the Cardinals' performance with a 5-1 run to make it a one-goal game at the half.

Bradley and Licata each scored out of the break to put Catholic back up two, but Hampden-Sydney would not go down easily.

The Cards went back up three, 12-9, on Bradley's fifth of the night but the Tigers answered again with two more goals.

Licata's insurance score with just over five minutes to play came up big as Hampden-Sydney got one back with 2:10 left. It was the Catholic defense that closed it out however as it forced a last second-chance wide for the win.

Rookie goalie Alex Mulyk earned the second win of his career in his second-ever start. He nearly matched his best mark in saves as he came one shy of 15.

The Cards now start a two-game road trip with a game this Saturday at Arcadia.

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