WASHINGTON - No. 14 The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team extended their winning streak to two on Wednesday, April 1, as they defeated the No. 15 York (Pa.) Spartans in York, Pa.
Sophomore midfielder Anna Stumme sprang out of the gate with an unassisted goal just 20 seconds into the game. She was matched with a Spartans goal five minutes later, making the score an early 1-1. Sophomore middie-attack Laura Dunn scored an unassisted goal to put the Cardinals ahead and York (Pa.) responded with a similar goal just two minutes later.
The Cardinals knew they had to get something going offensively in order to hold off the Spartans. Senior attack Lindsay Brophy was up to the challenge. Brophy scored an unassisted goal in the 13th minute to put the Cardinals up 3-2. She then scored a man-up goal off a free position opportunity, increasing the lead 4-2. She added another free position goal in the sixth minute, Catholic leading 5-2. The Spartans responded to the Brophy hat trick with two back-to-back goals as the clock ticked down in the first half. The Cardinals managed to score one more before halftime as Stumme scored her second of the day, assisted by senior attack Nicole Laitner. Catholic entered halftime ahead 6-4.
York (Pa.), determined to eliminate their two-goal deficit, came out hard in the opening of the second half and scored within the first five minutes of play. The Cardinals were not phased, and went on to score six unanswered goals through the remainder of the game. Dunn scored off a free position shot, and assisted another Stumme goal. Stumme scored her fourth and final of the day off a man-up, free position opportunity.
Sophomore middie Ana Brandenburg put one on the board for the Cardinals, assisted by Brophy. Senior attack Maddie Wilson managed an unassisted, man-down goal in the 12th minute. Senior defender Caroline DiBartolomeo scored the Cardinal's twelfth and final goal at the one minute mark, closing out the game on a high note.
Senior goalie Tricia Pehnke started in goal for Catholic and made a total of 12 saves on the day. The Cardinal defense worked well on clears against the Spartans, the team successfully completing 18 out of 21 clear attempts. The defense managed to hold the opposing Top 20 team to only one goal in the second half, proving their agility and ability to work well as a unit.
The win extends the Cardinals to an 8-2 overall record while 2-0 in the Landmark Conference. Catholic will host No. 1 Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday, April 8, for a 4:00 p.m. game.
written by Colleen Loftus, Student Communications Assistant