WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team fell 19-13 to nationally ranked No.5 Franklin & Marshall College on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cardinals kept the game tight in the first 30 minutes, trailing just 7-5 to the nationally ranked Diplomats at halftime.
Catholic junior Laura Dunn slotted the first goal of the game on a free position shot. Franklin and Marshall answered with four consecutive goals, including three in a row from sophomore Paige Moriarty just 11 minutes into play.
With 17 minutes remaining in the half, the Cards notched a goal from sophomore Nicolette Crisalli to cut the Diplomats lead in half. CUA and F&M went goal for goal in the following 16 minutes, ending the half 7-5 in favor of the Diplomats. Dunn and Crisalli each put another between the pipes and junior Alexis Bosilovic fired the ball into the cage with under a minute left in the half.
Following the intermission Franklin & Marshall came out strong with two goals in the first three minutes. The Cards answered with back-to-back goals, first from junior Ana Brandenburg followed by Dunn's third of the day. The Diplomats broke open the game with three unanswered goals before the Cards could get another in the cage.
Despite a nine goal deficit with three minutes left on the board the Cardinals continued to battle the esteemed Diplomats. Catholic ripped three shots into the back of the cage in the final two and half minutes to tally 13 goals on Franklin & Marshall. Dunn ripped two unassisted shots while junior Anna Stumme made a shot assisted by classmate Clair Schmitzer.
F&M senior Anastasia Mergner and Moriarty each scored second half hat tricks to lead the Diplomats to the 19-13 victory.
Dunn converted five of her six shots on target into goals while Bosilovic completed a hat trick during the midweek contest. Junior Allie Bond won five draw controls and Bosilovic picked up four ground balls and four draws.
The Cardinals return to action with a Landmark Conference game at Drew University on Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m.