WASHINGTON- The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team took a close win over the Susquehanna Crusaders on Saturday, battling hard to maintain their lead and keep their undefeated conference record going.
The Cardinals fell to an early deficit in the first half, as the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead within the first three minutes of play. Catholic did not stay down for long, scoring three consecutive goals to up the score 3-1. Sophomore midfielder Clair Schmitzer put the Cardinals on the board, assisted by senior attack Lindsay Brophy. Brophy scored less than one minute later in a free position goal, and then proceeded to assist freshman attack Nicolette Crisalli for the team's third goal.
Susquehanna scored with 17 minutes left to play in the first half, the Cardinals leading by one. Crisalli and Brophy both struck again to get the Cardinals to five. The Crusaders matched the Cardinal's two goals before the half, the score reading 5-4 Catholic. Determined to put more distance between the scores before halftime, the Cardinals scored two more goals in the final seven minutes of the first half. Crisalli scored her second of the day with an assist from Brophy. Sophomore midfielder Anna Stumme scored off a free position shot to put the Cardinals ahead 7-4 at the half.
Catholic opened the second half with three straight goals, increasing the Cardinal lead 10-4. Sophomore middie Alexis Bosilovic scored off a free position shot and was followed by sophomore attack Jenna Van Middelem's goal, assisted by Schmitzer. Stumme reeled in her second of the day, assisted by Brophy.
The Crusaders scored back-to-back goals to bring them within four of the Cardinals. Senior attack Nicole Laitner pulled the Cardinals to eleven. Susquehanna managed three consecutive goals late in the second half, bringing them within two goals of Catholic. Laitner kept the Cardinals ahead in the final two minutes of the game, scoring one unassisted goal and one man-down goal off a free position opportunity. Laitner and Crisalli concluded the day with three goals. Brophy totaled two goals and four assists on the outing.
Senior goalie Tricia Pehnke made a total of five saves on the day. The Cardinals completed 16 out of 17 clear attempts against the Crusaders. Outshooting Susquehanna 40-20, Catholic also won 17 out of 24 draws.
The Cardinals now hold a 9-3 overall record with a 3-0 Landmark record. Catholic will travel to Goucher on Wednesday, April 15, for a 5:00 p.m. game.
Written by Colleen Loftus, Athletic Communications Student Assistant