Cardinals Fall, 11-10, in Close Battle to St. Mary's

Cardinals Fall, 11-10, in Close Battle to St. Mary's

St. Mary's, Md. - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team fell 11-10 to No. 20 St. Mary's College of Maryland on Tuesday afternoon.

The battle of the birds started off even, both teams scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes of the first half. Catholic's first goal came from junior Anna Stumme in the sixth minute of play. Just over a minute later Stumme sent a pass to sophomore Nicolette Crisalli. Their third goal of the contest came on a free position shot from freshman Meghan Ellis.

With the game tied at three, the Seahawks broke away with four unanswered goals before the halftime intermission. The Cardinals trailed 7-3 at the break. St. Mary's notched three more after the break before Catholic could find the back of the cage.

With just under 20 minutes to play the Cards came alive, scoring four unanswered of their own. Three goals came from junior Alexis Bosilovic for a second half hat trick, the fourth from Stumme.

With a 10-7 lead the Seahawks sent the ball into the net once more for a game total of 11 goals.

The Cardinals made a three-goal run with one from Crisalli and two from junior Laura Dunn, but there was not enough time on the clock. The Cardinals ended just one goal shy of the nationally ranked Seahawks.

Freshman Christina De Cesaris made nine saves in goal for Catholic while junior Clair Schmitzer caused three turnovers, won five draw controls, and scooped up six ground balls.

Bosilovic took seven shots throughout the contest, placing three between the pipes. Crisalli took five shots on target and tallied two goals in the contest.
The Cardinals remain on the road as they open Landmark Conference play, Thursday, March 24, in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m.