WASHINGTON- The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team earned their third straight Landmark Conference win with a 22-9 victory over the Crusaders of Susquehanna University.
Seven Cardinals found the back of the net during the Saturday afternoon game, with sophomore Nicolette Crisalli leading the way with six goals and an assist. Junior Anna Stumme sent five shots into the cage while classmates Alexis Bosilovic and Elizabeth McCooey each had four.
Junior draw control specialist Allie Bond won 16 draws for the Cards while Stumme picked up four. Catholic's freshman goalie, Christina De Cesaris, earned her fifth win of the season with three saves in the 60-minute contest.
The Crusaders stayed tight with the Cardinals in the first half, trailing just 7-5 with 11 minutes to play before the break. With the small lead, Catholic went on a four goal run to pull ahead. Susquehanna snuck one in the cage, but the Cards got three more to go ahead 13-6 before the clock retired in the half.
Susquehanna opened the second half with a goal in the first two minutes, but Catholic put six unanswered between the pipes to increase their lead to 19-7. Before the Cardinals scored their final three, the Crusaders hit two shots as the conference matchup ended 22-9 in favor Catholic.
Additional goal scorers for the Cardinals included juniors Emily Merkel, Ana Brandenburg, and Laura Dunn, each with one. Fifteen of Catholic's goals were unassisted, while McCooey recorded a team-high two assists as Clair Schmitzer, Merkle, Stumme, and Crisalli each tallied one.