Catholic Defeats Goucher to Head to Landmark Finals

Catholic Defeats Goucher to Head to Landmark Finals

WASHINGTON- The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team took a massive 17-4 win over the number four seed Gophers of Goucher in the Landmark Conference semifinal game on Wednesday, extending their conference winning streak in the post season, in Cardinal Stadium. 

The Cardinals came out strong against the Gophers, scoring seven consecutive goals within the first fifteen minutes of play before Goucher managed to get on the board. Sophomore midfielder Alexis Bosilovic scored six minute into the first half with an unassisted goal. She was followed by freshman attack Nicolette Crisalli's goal, assisted by sophomore middie Anna Stumme. Stumme scored just twenty seconds later to put the Cardinals up 3-0, assisted by senior attack Madeline Wilson. Wilson provided a second assist to sophomore middie-attack Laura Dunn just thirty seconds later.

Bosilovic scored her second unassisted goal of the day to put Catholic ahead 5-0. Senior attack Lindsay Brophy notched one with an assist from fellow senior Caroline DiBartolomeo then Brophy provided the assist to sophomore midfielder Clair Schmitzer. Catholic was ahead 7-0 when Goucher finally scored halfway through the first half.

Brophy reeled in her second of the day to put the Cardinals up 8-1. Sophomore attack Jenna Van Middelem scored an unassisted goal with thirteen minutes left in the half. Crisalli scored back-to-back goals to increase the Cardinal lead 11-1, one of which was assisted by Dunn. Senior Nicole Laitner scored off a free position opportunity. Bosilovic reeled in her third goal of the day with an assist from Van Middelem, the Cardinals leading the Gophers 13-1 at halftime.

The Cardinals were determined to play smart offense in the second half. While the Gophers scored two goals within the first ten minutes of play, sophomore attack Erin Macchione scored an unassisted goal to keep the Cardinals ahead 14-3. Brophy scored two unassisted goals. Clair Schmitzer added one more goal for the Cardinals, assisted by Dunn. Brophy ended the day with four goals. Crisalli and Bosilovic each totaled three. The final score read 17-4 in favor of Catholic. 

Sophomore Allie Bond  dominated on draw controls winning eight total throughout the event with senior goalie Tricia Pehnke started in goal for the Cardinals, making a total seven saves on the day.

The Cardinals will compete in the Landmark Conference championship game on Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. The opponent has yet to be decided. 

written by Colleen Loftus, Student Communications Assistant