WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America men's lacrosse team played a thrilling, overtime game on Saturday afternoon at Cardinals Stadium as the Cards overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime before winning, 8-7.
Catholic scored the first two goals of the game, but Mary Washington answered to make it a one-score game at the end of the first as neither team would lead by more than a goal again. The lead would change hands six times in the game with the Cardinals coming out on top after senior Bennett Bradley shot with 1:07 left in the first overtime period.
May Washington outscored Catholic 3-2 in the second quarter to make it a tie game at the break. The two teams continued their even play over the next two periods as junior Colin Eustace came through with a game-tying goal with 3:54 left in regulation to force extra time.
The close play was evidenced by the stats. Catholic led in groundballs, (34-31), faceoffs (11-6) and clears (17-15) but Mary Washington held the advantage in saves (10-8), turnovers (28-21) and shots (31-26).
Catholic made it count where it mattered most as the Cardinals put 18 of their 26 shots on goal while Cards' defense only allowed 15 of the Eagles' shots on the cage.
Bradley led the way as he scored a game-high five goals. He put eight of his 13 shots on goal and added three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Sophomore defender Griffin Smith also had an impressive game in the Cards' half of the field with 10 ground balls and three forced turnovers.
Catholic returns to action and homefield play this coming Friday when they Cardinals host St. Mary's (Md.) at 7 p.m.
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