Cardinals drop heartbreaker to Elizabethtown in double OT

Cardinals drop heartbreaker to Elizabethtown in double OT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – CUA dropped a 14-13 heartbreaker to Elizabethtown in double overtime on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals trailed by two with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, but battled back to force OT, before falling in the extra session. Freshman Maddy Nowakowski scored five goals for CUA, while Nicole Laitner added four.

CUA led 6-5 at halftime and quickly extended to an 8-5 advantage with back-to-back scores by Nowakowski early in the 2nd.

The Blue Jays countered with two straight goals of their own, pulling to within one with 23:01 on the clock.

Laitner struck next for CUA, scoring her 8th goal of the season to again make the spread two.

Elizabethtown then answered with two straight goals to tie the score at nine with 16:08 remaining, but Mary Clare Regan put the Cards back on top with an unassisted goal a minute later.

An Elizabethtown goal with 9:08 on the clock tied things at 10 and the Blue Jays added two more scores to go in front 12-10 with 8:11 to play.

CUA was far from done however, as Nowakowski took a feed from Lindsay Brophy and scored with 3:55 to go to pull the Cards within one, and Brophy got the equalizer two minutes later to tie the score and send the game into overtime.

In the first extra session, Laitner gave CUA the lead with her 9th goal of 2013, but the Blue Jays tied things less than a minute later.

With 5:31 remaining in the second overtime period, Leigh Flounlacker netted her sixth goal of the afternoon to send the Blue Jays to victory.

After Elizabethtown scored the game’s first goal, Nowakowski got CUA on the board less than a minute later.

The teams then traded goals, before Laitner put CUA in front 3-2 with a goal at the 22:27 mark.

Brophy followed with a score of her own and the Cards went in front by two.

The Blue Jays came back with two straight to tie the score at four, but Laitner gave the lead right back to CUA with her 7th goal of the season.

Nowakowski then made it 6-4 CUA, before Elizabeth Grosso closed the 1st half scoring out to pull the Blue Jays within one.

CUA finished with a 40-31 advantage in shots, and a 33-30 lead in ground balls.

On Monday, CUA plays the first of three straight home games when the Cardinals welcome Babson to town. Start time is set for 4 p.m.