No. 11 Cardinals drop season opener to No. 18 Mary Washington

No. 11 Cardinals drop season opener to No. 18 Mary Washington

WASHINGTON – No. 11 CUA dropped a 14-10 decision to No. 18 Mary Washington on Wednesday in the Cardinals' season opener.  CUA led 7-5 at halftime, but the Eagles outscored the Cardinals 9-3 in the second half to earn the win.  Katie Miller, Mary Swarthout and Mary Robinson each scored two goals for CUA.

CUA led 1-0 just over a minute into the game when Miller found the back of the net at the 28:52 mark. 

Four minutes later, the Eagles scored three goals in a span of 2:22 to jump in front 3-1.

Mallory Vogel and Meghan Brady netted back-to-back scores for CUA though, and that knotted the score at three with 14:44 to play before halftime.

Maggie Nunn's goal at the 14:13 mark put the Eagles in front by one, but Robinson answered for CUA to again tie the score.

Miller then put the Cardinals on top with a free position goal at the 11:10 mark.

Catherine Kennedy found the back of the net with 5:31 to play before intermission to pull the Eagles even, but Gretchen Wade and Robinson both scored in the final two minutes for CUA, to send the Cardinals into halftime leading 7-5.

Mary Washington scored the first two goals of the second half in a little over a minute to tie the score at 7, but Swarthout found the back of the net at the 27:43 mark to put CUA back in front.

The Eagles answered with two straight scores as they went on top 9-8 with 23:38 remaining, but again Swarthout had an answer, this time scoring on a free position goal to tie things at 9.

Mary Washington controlled play for the next nine minutes, going on a 4-0 run to surge in front 13-9 with 5:30 to play.

Caroline DiBartolomeo netted her first collegiate score with 3:40 remaining to bring CUA to within 13-10, but that was as close as the Cardinals could get.

CUA outshot the Eagles 39-22 on the day, with Swarthout taking a team-high 12 attempts.  The Cardinals also won the ground ball battle, 27-15, with Megan Gormley, Swarthout and Lindsay Brophy finishing with five apiece.

Swarthout also led the way with three caused turnovers, while Gabby Sena finished with four saves in goal.  Mary Washington keeper Kathryn Stiltz stopped 13 CUA shots on the afternoon, while Catherine Kennedy led the way offensively with five goals.

The Cardinals hit the road for their next game when they travel to face No. 5 Salisbury on Saturday, March 3.  The opening draw control is set for 3 p.m.