Mt. Sinai, N.Y. - In a neutral site competition, nationally ranked No. 17 The Catholic University of America's women's lacrosse team fell 19-7, to No. 1 Cortland on Sunday afternoon.
Catholic came out strong against the 2015 National Champions, scoring the first two goals of the game. Sophomore Nicolette Crisalli started the scoring for the Cards with a goal in first three minutes of the game, assisted by junior Anna Stumme. Stumme tossed out another assist five minutes later to junior Ana Brandenburg, giving CUA a 2-0 lead.
The Red Dragons fired back with eight unanswered goals before Stumme found the cage for the Cardinal's third goal of the day. Freshman Megan Ellis struck next for CUA with an assist from junior Clair Schmitzer. A pair form Cortland ended the first half 10-4 in favor of the Red Dragons.
Stumme and Ellis each notched another in the second half. Junior Jenna Van Middelem found the back of the cage for CUA, bringing their final count to seven. The reigning national champions continued to capitalize on their possessions adding nine more in the second half.
Catholic took 16 shots on goal, but Cortland's junior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian racked up nine saves. The Red Dragons sent 7 of their 8 free position shots into the back of the cage, while the Cards went 0-for-5.
Freshman Christina De Cesaris made seven saves for the Cards, including five seven half saves. Stumme tallied two goals with three assists, picking up three ground balls and causing three turnovers.
The Cards return home to host the Mary Washington Eagles on Wednesday, March 16, at 4 p.m., at Cardinals Stadium.