Catholic Heads to Round Three After Defeating No. 16 Messiah, 15-9

Catholic Heads to Round Three After Defeating No. 16 Messiah, 15-9

WASHINGTON  - The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team advances to the Third Round of the NCAA Championship Tournament after taking down the No. 16 Messiah College Falcons 15-9 at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday.

Cardinal junior Laura Dunn opened up the game with an unassisted goal, just over two minutes after the first draw. The team's point leader (74), Dunn led the Catholic offense adding three more goals and three assists throughout the contest. She dished out an assist to classmate Clair Schmitzer with 2:34 left in the first half, for Catholic's game winning goal, lifting the Cards a 6-5 lead. 

Sophomore Nicolette Crisalli notched four goals, including three unanswered in a seven minutes span during the first half. Junior Anna Stumme tallied four points, on two goals and two assists while freshman Megan Ellis came in clutch off the bench with two, second half goals.

Additionally juniors Ana Brandenburg and Jenna Van Middelem each found the back of the net once.

Catholic's draw control specialist, junior Allie Bond was a dominant force off the whistle, as the Cardinals won 15 of 26 draws. Bond ran away with six draws while freshman Erin Dugan and junior Rachel Meyer each won two. Crisalli, Schmitzer and Stumme each took a turn grabbing the ball off the draw.

Freshman Christina De Cesaris earned the win, guarding the Catholic cage, making five saves during her NCAA Championship Tournament debut.

With the victory, the Cardinals will head to SUNY Cortland to take on Springfield College in the Third Round on Saturday May, 21. Check back at for game time and additional updates.