Cardinals upended by Scranton 12-10 on Senior Day

Cardinals upended by Scranton 12-10 on Senior Day

WASHINGTON – The Cardinals dropped a tough 12-10 decision to Scranton on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day.  CUA led 7-6 at halftime but trailed for most of the day as the Cardinals fall to 11-5 with the loss.  Chris Fuccillo scored a team-high four goals for CUA.

Taylor Nelson netted the game's first goal 1:15 in, but Brendan Englert answered a minute later for CUA to tie things at one.  Bobby Kusbit then gave the Cardinals their first lead of the afternoon when he scored with 8:58 to go in the opening quarter.

Two straight goals by the Royals put the visitors in front 3-2, but Justin Schaufler scored with 48 ticks on the clock to tie the game at three.  Nelson answered with his second goal of the day with only one second left in the quarter though to put Scranton in front 4-3 after one.

Back-to-back goals by Nelson and Robert Pantages then made it a 6-3 game in favor of the Royals, but CUA battled back and scored four straight times to surge in front 7-6 with 4:21 remaining in the opening half.  Fuccillo scored twice, and Kusbit and Englert once during the run as CUA took its one-goal advantage into halftime.

Scranton responded to CUA's second quarter run with the third quarter's first four goals and the Royals were back on top 10-7.

Fuccillo found the back of the net with 33 ticks on the quarter clock, which sent the teams into the final 15 minutes with CUA trailing 10-8.

John Gregitis' score early in the fourth made it 11-8 Scranton, but Jimmy Sinnott got on the board with 10:46 to play to draw the Cardinals to within two.

Mike Rufo's goal with 3:30 remaining again put the Royals in front by three, and a goal by Fuccillo with eight seconds to play proved to be too-little, too-late for the Cardinals.

Scranton out shot CUA 37-26 on the afternoon, while the Cardinals held a 22-19 advantage in ground balls.

CUA was 14 of 19 on clear attempts, but won just 12 of 27 face-offs.  Ryan Doyle led the Cardinals in ground balls with four and Fuccillo was the team leader in caused turnovers with three.  Sean McKenna sent back 16 shots in goal for CUA and Tyler Catalani handed out a team-high two assists.

Patrick Cefalu won 15 of 27 face-offs for the Royals and also picked up three ground balls, while Jeremy Dowlak stopped two shots in between the pipes in the first half and Ben Worthington sent back six in the second half.

CUA gets a chance at revenge on Wednesday when the No. 3 Cardinals take on second-seeded Scranton in the semifinals of the 2011 Landmark Conference Tournament.  The game will take place in Pennsylvania beginning at 4 p.m.