CUA Stops Cougars 10-6

CUA Stops Cougars 10-6


CUA Stops Cougars 10-6
Volpe scores three


WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team improved to 2-2 on the season Saturday with a 10-6 victory over the Misericordia College Cougars (1-3) at Cardinal Stadium.  CUA led by just two at the half but outscored the Cougars 4-0 in the third quarter to solidify the win.

Junior Kyle Brant (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's) opened the scoring at the seven minute mark of the first quarter as he found the back of the net off of a pass from Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Bros) during a man-up situation.  The Cards had the advantage after an unnecessary roughness penalty on Misericordia.  The Cougars even the score early in the second quarter but the Cardinals offense didn't back down going on a 3-0 run including one from John Volpe (Newton, Pa./Notre Dame) off of another Groh assist.  In the final three minutes Misercordia scored to make it 4-2 at the break.

Volpe used the momentum from the first half to come out firing in the second.  The freshman notched CUA's first two goals of the half, the first during a man-up advantage and the second coming from yet another of Groh's passes.  The Cards weren't done scoring after Volpe cooled off as Pat Duffner (Yardly, Pa./Notre Dame) hit a shot at 4:52 and Jimmy Sinnott (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle) closed out the half with a score at 3:23, Volpe was on the assist.  Misercordia tried to make a game of it in the fourth quarter as they scored less than thirty second in.  Brant and Sinnott, however, gave them no such option as each scored his second to go ahead 10-3.  In the final ten minutes riding a seven-goal advantage the Cards allowed the Cougars to get some late goals, but the never came close enough as CUA came out on top 10-6.

Volpe had a team-high four points with three goals and an assist while Groh added three assists and Duffner notched two scores and a helper.  The Cardinals dominated on face-offs winning 14-17 with Duffner and Arie Dinkeloo (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) achieve perfect percentages.  Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) got the win in goal with six saves and just three goals allowed.

The Cards will travel to Hood College on Tuesday for a contest against their former Capital Athletic Conference opponent at 4 p.m.