Newport News, Va. - Nationally ranked No. 10 The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team fell, 9-8, to Christopher Newport, on Thursday afternoon.
The Cardinals and Captains went head-to-head as CNU notched the opening goal and CUA answered with back-to-back goals in the first four minutes of the game. Catholic shots from juniors Ana Brandenburg and Emily Merkel found the back of the net to give the Cards a 2-1 advantage.
The Captains score six more in the first half while the Cardinals were only able to convert two before the 30 minutes mark. CNU freshman Sarah Culver showed up with a first half hat trick while CUA sophomore Nicolette Crisalli and junior Anna Stumme slotted first half goals for the Cardinals.
After the halftime intermission the Captains earned the first goal, but the Cardinals would not surrender the contest. Stumme notched her second of the event while freshman Megan Ellis put a shot in the cage, for her first career goal, bringing CUA's deficit to two goals. CNU scored one more before Catholic juniors Laura Dunn and Clair Schmitzer scored a pair. Catholic's second half surge was too late as the clock expired while they were down by just one goal, 9-8.
Schmitzer and fellow junior Alexis Bosilovic each tookfive shots on goal while Stumme cause three turnovers. Freshman Christina De Cesaris and senior Brittnee Frizol split time between the pipes, each making three saves.
The Cardinals will play their home opener on Wednesday, March 9, against Rowan at 5 p.m., at Cardinal Stadium.