MADISON, N.J. - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team is now 2-0 in the Landmark Conference after taking down the Drew University Rangers on Saturday in Madison, N.J.
Drew came out hard in the first two minutes of the game, scoring within minutes to put the Rangers up 1-0. The Cardinals remained calm and determined, going on to score three consecutive goals.
Freshman attack Nicolette Crisalli put the Cardinals on the board, assisted by sophomore middie-attack Laura Dunn. She was followed by sophomore middie Ana Brandenburg, assisted by Crisalli. Senior attack Maddie Wilson put the Cardinals at three with a goal assisted by sophomore midfielder Clair Schmitzer.
Drew finally broke the scoring streak, the score read 3-2. Dunn was quick to score just inside the 18 minute mark, assisted by senior attack Lindsay Brophy. The Rangers responded with a free position goal, leaving the Cardinals only ahead by one, 4-3.
Once again, Catholic remained calm and went on to score four straight goals. Sophomore middie Anna Stumme scored off a free position opportunity, and was followed by another Crisalli goal from Dunn. Dunn responded one minute later with a goal assisted by Brophy. Sophomore middie Alexis Bosilovic scored just nine seconds later, with an assist from Stumme. The Cardinals led 8-3 halfway through the first half.
The Rangers regained momentum and managed two goals, clinching a 8-5 deficit. The Cardinals responded with a whopping five straight goals before the end of the half.
Stumme and Dunn both scored twice, each with an unassisted goal and a free position goal. Dunn also provided the assist to Wilson's second of the day. Following a Drew goal, senior attack Nicole Laitner scored with two minutes left in the half, assisted by sophomore attack Jenna Van Middelem. The Cardinals led 14-6 at the half.
The Cardinals entered the second half with energy and the desire to keep reeling in goals. Crisalli scored within the first two minutes of the second half, assisted by Wilson. Dunn followed a minute later with a goal from Crisalli. Senior defender Kathryn Burton scored within the same minute, with another assist from Crisalli.
The score read 17-7 as Drew managed another goal. They were answered by another Brandenburg goal, with an assist from Laitner. Brophy scored her first of the night within the 15minute mark, putting the Cardinals ahead 19-7.
The teams went back and forth in the final fifteen minutes of play, scoring one after another. Van Middelem and Stumme both recorded unassisted goals, finalizing the Cardinals score count at 21. Drew scored three more goals, but it was too late. The Cardinals claimed their second conference win of the season.
The Cardinals now hold a 7-2 overall record, and will travel to No. 15 York (Pa.) for a 4:00 p.m. game on Wednesday, April 1, in York, Pa.
written by Colleen Loftus, Athletic Communications Student Assistant