No. 10 Cardinals fall to No. 2 Salisbury

No. 10 Cardinals fall to No. 2 Salisbury

WASHINGTON – No. 10 CUA suffered its first loss of 2013 on Saturday, falling to No. 2 Salisbury 18-7 inside Cardinal Stadium. The teams were tied at three with 18:38 to play in the 1st half, before the Sea Gulls went on a 7-0 run to grab a 10-3 lead at halftime. With the loss, the Cards fall to 1-1, while Salisbury improves to 2-0.

CUA's Nicole Laitner put the Cardinals on top first with a goal less than 90 seconds into the contest.

Lauren Feusahrens quickly answered for the Sea Gulls to tie things at one, but Laitner came right back and scored her second goal to give the lead back to CUA.

The back-and-forth continued with Feusahrens finding the back of the net again to tie the score at two.

The Sea Gulls then grabbed their first lead of the afternoon thanks to Katie Bollhorst's goal at the 22:03 mark, but Theresa Ciletti had an answer for the Cardinals, and the game was tied for a third time.

Bethany Baer and Bollhorst both scored back-to-back goals for Salisbury to make it 7-3 in favor of the visitors with 3:02 to play before halftime.

The Sea Gulls added three more scores to grab a 10-3 lead at intermission.

Salisbury picked right up where it left off following halftime, scoring the first three goals to go in front by 10 with 26:33 remaining.

Caroline DiBartolomeo put an end to the Sea Gulls run with a goal at the 24:57 mark to bring CUA within nine, but two more goals by the visitors made it an 11-goal spread.

CUA then scored two straight, with Laitner netting an unassisted goal and DiBartolomeo following with a free position shot to make it 15-6 with 14:47 on the clock.

DiBartolomeo closed the scoring for the day with her third goal with 3:48 remaining.

Salisbury finished with a 32-14 advantage in shots and 29-18 in ground balls. Four Cardinals won three draw controls apiece, while Megan Gormley and DiBartolomeo scooped up four ground balls.

CUA is now off until Wednesday, March 13 when the Cardinals head to Pennsylvania to face York. Start time is set for 4 p.m.