WASHINGTON – Going up against a 2017 conference champion and NCAA-qualifier, in addition to the nation's top returning scorer, The Catholic University of America men's lacrosse came out firing on all cylinders for an impressive, 18-6, win.
Catholic blitzed out to a 7-1 lead after the first quarter and led 12-2 at the break as the Cardinals cruised to the win.
Senior Bennett Bradley just missed tying his own Catholic University record for goals in a game as he finished with a seven-point day on six goals and an assist.
Classmate Liam Clancy also enjoyed an impressive day as he scored four goals on each of his four shots on the cage.
Bennett and Clancy were two of eight different Cardinals to find the back of the cage as well as six Cards who boasted multi-point afternoons.
The Cardinals held big edges in may statistical categories versus the Pilgrims, including ground balls (34-14), faceoffs (18-8) and shots (51-19). Catholic also held NEC scoreless on nine man-up opportunities and forced turnovers on eight clear chances.
New England's top scorer Matt Richard was limited to two shots and was forced into two turnovers.
The 4-2 Cards will look to keep it going this Wednesday when they travel to Clearwater, Fla., to take on Clark University at Philip Jones Stadium. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m.
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