CUA suffers tough 9-8 setback at Washington & Jefferson

CUA suffers tough 9-8 setback at Washington & Jefferson

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Cardinals saw their four-game win streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon when CUA (6-2) dropped a tough 9-8 decision at Washington & Jefferson (2-1).  CUA led 8-6 early in the fourth but the Presidents scored the final three goals, including the game-winner with 1:31 remaining.  Brendan Englert led the Cardinals with a hat trick.

Dylan Haas scored the game's first goal exactly 6:30 into the contest to put the Presidents up 1-0 but Englert answered less than a minute later to tie things at one.  Washington & Jefferson then scored the next four goals to open up a 5-1 advantage, but CUA's Chris Fuccillo put an end to the scoring run with a goal at the 3:07 mark of the opening quarter to make it 5-2.

Mark Ringeling then pushed Washington & Jefferson's lead to 6-2 with a score just 35 seconds before the end of the first, but CUA was not done as Englert scored for a second time with only four ticks remaining to make it 6-3 after one.

The Cardinals completely dominated the second quarter, outshooting the Presidents 13-5 and outscoring them 4-0.  Jimmy Sinnott scored the first goal with 11:01 left before halftime to bring CUA within 6-4 and Bobby Kusbit then netted back-to-back scores in a span of 1:41 to tie things at six.

Sinnott closed the first half scoring with a goal at the 5:05 mark to give the Cardinals a 7-6 lead, which they eventually took into intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter Englert opened the fourth by completing his hat trick just a minute in and CUA was on top 8-6.  The Presidents never went away though, first getting a goal from Tom Starr with 12:58 to play and another from Andrew Wallick with 3:05 on the clock.

With the score knotted at eight it looked as though overtime may be needed to decide this one, but Joseph Eck had other plans, scoring with only 1:31 left to lift Washington & Jefferson to a dramatic win and send CUA home with a tough loss.

The Cardinals were credited with 37 shots in the game to Washington & Jefferson's 24, while CUA picked up 29 ground balls and the Presidents scooped up 32.

Wesley Huber led CUA with four GBs, while Kusbit and Ryan Doyle picked up three each.  Tom Scotto won seven face-offs and CUA was 16 of 19 in clear attempts.  Sean McKenna played the entire 60 minutes in goal for the Cardinals and stopped 10 shots during that time.

Haas won 11 of 16 face-offs for the Presidents and picked up a team-high seven ground balls. Washington & Jefferson was 0 of 5 on the extra-man and just 9 of 18 in clears.

CUA remains on the road with a match at Neumann on Tuesday, March 22.  The opening face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.