Adrian hands Cardinals first loss of 2011 in 10-7 decision

CUA vs Frostburg St., 2/26/11
CUA vs Frostburg St., 2/26/11

WASHINGTON – The Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday when Adrian downed CUA 10-7 inside Cardinal Stadium.  The Bulldogs outscored CUA 4-1 in the opening quarter and added three scores in the fourth to outlast the Cardinals.  Brendan Englert netted a hat trick for CUA and also handed out an assist.

Playing its first game of the season Adrian came out and jumped all over CUA with the game’s first four goals in the opening eight minutes of play.  Englert put an end to the Bulldogs run though with his score at the 6:08 mark of the quarter to make it 4-1.

With over ten minutes gone in the second, Tyler Catalani pulled CUA to within two goals with an unassisted score at the 4:51 mark.  That proved to be the final goal of the first half and CUA went into intermission trailing 4-2.

Josh Maluta scored just 90 seconds into the third quarter to put Adrian on top 5-2, but Jimmy Sinnott answered with his first score of the day to pull the Cardinals within two.

The Bulldogs responded with the game’s next two scores however and took a 7-3 lead with 2:29 to go in the third.  Englert did all he could to pull CUA back into this one, scoring his second goal of the day with 45 seconds remaining in the quarter, which sent the Cardinals into the fourth down just three.

Sean Cummins opened the fourth with an unassisted goal for CUA to make it 7-5, but Adrian again responded, this time with three straight scores to open up a 10-5 advantage with only 2:49 on the clock.

Englert and Camden Feldman scored for CUA down the stretch, but it was too little, too late and the Cardinals were dealt their first loss of 2011.

CUA registered 45 shots on the afternoon and Adrian was credited with 42.  Tom Scotto led the Cardinals with 10 ground balls and he also won 13 of 19 face-offs.  In goal for CUA, Sean McKenna stopped 13 shots in 60 minutes of work and totaled three ground balls and a caused turnover.

T.J. Cook finished with a hat trick for the visitors and David Monroe handed out three assists.  Brandon MacDonald caused three turnovers and also picked up five of the Bulldogs 28 ground balls.

Prior to Tuesday’s game the Landmark Conference announced its annual preseason poll.  The Cardinals were selected second in the poll with 37 points, just eight shy of preseason favorite Goucher.  Merchant Marine Academy came in third with 25 points, followed by Scranton (24), Drew (22) and Susquehanna (12).

CUA looks to get back on the winning track on Saturday when the Cardinals wrap up their three game homestand vs. Gwynedd-Mercy.  The opening face-off from inside Cardinal Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.