WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team took a 15-6 win over St. Mary's College (Md.) on Tuesday, March 24, in a tribute to CUA women's basketball coach, department staff member, and former Seahawk, Jamie Lynn Roberts.
Both teams sported the color orange in recognition of Roberts, battling hard for an entire 60 minutes to claim the game. Catholic came away with 41 shots to St. Mary's (Md.) 16, dominating offensively and created continuous scoring opportunities.
Down by one within the first minute, Catholic took a change of pace and scored eight unanswered goals in the remaining time of the first half. Senior attack Lindsay Brophy scored first on a free position shot, and was followed by fellow senior attack Maddie Wilson's unassisted goal. Just 15 seconds later, sophomore midfielder Anna Stumme ripped an unassisted goal into the top right corner of the net, putting the Cardinals up 3-1. Stumme struck again two minutes later with a goal assisted by Brophy.
Sophomore middie Clair Schmitzer scored in the ninth minute mark off a free position opportunity, and assisted Ana Brandenburg four minutes later. Wilson scored her second of the night with 1:09 left on the clock, and Stumme recorded her third with only nine seconds left in the first half. The Cardinals entered halftime ahead 8-1, and planned on keeping their offense strong.
The Seahawks managed a goal in the opening minute of the second half. Up by six, the Cardinals were not fazed. Stumme, Brandenburg, and sophomore attack Jenna Van Middelem scored consecutively to put the Cardinals ahead 11-2.
St. Mary's (Md.) scored two goals at the 10th and 16th minute marks of the second half. Catholic responded with a man-up goal by freshman attack Nicolette Crisalli, assisted by senior attack Nicole Laitner. The senior then assisted sophomore middie-attack Laura Dunn. Dunn provided the assist to a man-up Brandenburg goal within the last four minutes of play. Laitner ended the game on a high note for the Cardinals, scoring an unassisted goal with just 30 seconds left regulation.
Senior goalie Tricia Pehnke started in goal for the Cardinals, totaling eight saves on the day.
In their 15-6 win over the Seahawks, the Cardinals now hold a 6-1 overall record, with a 1-0 Landmark Conference record. Catholic will host No. 20 Williams College on Thursday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Cardinals Stadium.
written by Colleen Loftus, Student Communications Assistant