Catholic Tops USMMA For Fifth Straight 2016 Landmark Win

Catholic Tops USMMA For Fifth Straight 2016 Landmark Win

Kings Point, N.Y. - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team advance its Landmark Conference record to 5-0 after topping the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 21-2, on Saturday afternoon.

Catholic opened the game with four unanswered goals in 11 minutes. Junior Jenna Van Middelem started off the scoring for the Cardinals with an unassisted goal, followed by an unassisted goal from classmate Laura Dunn. Freshman Jessica Lyons scored the third of the game, her fourth of the season, off a pass from junior Alexis Bosilovic. Bosilovic sent the team's fourth into the back of the cage.

The Mariners broke up the Cardinal's scoring with a goal in the 12th minute. Junior Elizabeth McCooey responded with a free position goal to advance the Catholic lead 5-1.

Sophomore Nicolette Crisalli, Catholic's leading goal scorer, ripped three shots between the pipes in less than three minutes. Crisalli's first two goals were assisted by junior Clair Schmitzer, while Dunn dished out the helper for her third.

Following her assist, Dunn score to put the Cardinals up, 9-1. Crisalli struck again with a pass from Lyons, just before the Mariners put their second and final point on the board.

With under four minutes to play in the first half Crisalli scored her fifth goal, assisted by junior Emily Merkel, bringing Catholic's tally to 12. Dunn put one more in the cage, for a first half hat trick. Freshman Megan Ellis found the net with a pass from Dunn to enter halftime 13-2.

Crisalli opened the second half with an unassisted goal just nine seconds after the first draw. Catholic continued to dominate offensively with seven addition goals, from seven different goal scorers, in the second half.

Bosilovic struck first followed by juniors Erin Macchione and Ana Brandenburg. Sophomore Marisa Opalinski earned the next Catholic point with her first goal of the 2016 season, followed by a goal from Ellis. Freshman Alex Ryan fired into the cage with five minutes to play. Catholic's final point came from junior Allie Bond, her first of the year. At the end of 60 minutes Catholic emerged victorious, 21-2.

Bond won eight draw controls for the Cards as Catholic picked up 19-of-21. The Cardinals outshot the Mariners 46-10, with 35 shots on target. Additionally, Catholic picked up 26 ground balls. Schmizter and Crisalli each scooped up three while Lyons cause three turnovers.

Freshman Christina De Cesaris earned her sixth win of the season guarding the Catholic cage. Brittnee Frizol and freshman Gabby Cooper each made one save, splitting time between the pipes in the second half.

Catholic will round out their regular season when they host the University of Scranton on Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m., at Cardinal Stadium.