Cardinals Take Down Rangers, 21-11

Cardinals Take Down Rangers, 21-11

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team advanced their Landmark Conference record to 2-0 when they topped Drew University, 21-11, at home on Saturday afternoon.

Nine Cardinals earned points during the conference matchup including freshman Molly Kelly, who scored her first career goal. Junior Laura Dunn tallied eight points, with four goals and four assists, while sophomore Nicolette Crisalli scored six goals and one assist for seven total points.

Catholic opened the game with five straight goals in nine minutes. Crisalli slotted the first two of the game followed by and unassisted shot from junior Alexis Bosilovic. Next, Dunn put one between the pipes off a pass from classmate Jenna Van Middelem, who scored the Cards fifth goal of the game just 30 seconds later.

Additionally, juniors Anna Stumme and Clair Schmitzer, along with Kelly, scored first half goals for Catholic, giving the Cardinals a 12-3 advantage over the Rangers at the halftime break.

Following the intermission, Catholic sophomore Marisa Opalinski picked up a ground ball to set the Cards in motion. With a good Catholic clear and pass from freshman Jessica Lyons, Bosilovic notched her third goal of the contest.

Van Middelem converted a free position shot into Catholic's 14th goal of the day before Drew went on a four-goal run to try and close the gap. With just over 19 minutes to play Dunn ended the Rangers scoring spree with an open, unassisted shot from the top crease.

Bosilovic tallied two more in the half, while Crisalli hit three in a row in the a four minutes span and junior Elizabeth McCooey fired a shot between the pipes. When time expired the Cards topped the Rangers 21-11.

Freshman Christina De Cesaris earned her third win of the season, making six saves in 40 minutes between the pipes. Senior Brittnee Frizol and freshman Gabby Cooper each spent time guarding the Cardinal's cage in the second half.

Junior Allie Bond won 10 draws during the leagues match while Schmitzer scooped up seven ground balls and caused two turnovers.

The Cards return to action Saturday, April 9, when the travel to Randolph-Macon College to take on the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.

April 2, 2016 is "National Light it Up Blue Day" to recognize and raise awareness for Autism. The Catholic women's lacrosse team wore ribbons and Autism Speaks warm up t-shirts to raise awareness and played today's game in support Teddy Cusack.