Cortland, N.Y. – For the second consecutive season The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team is headed to the National Quarterfinals after a 12-10 victory over Springfield in the NCAA Division III Third Round.
Sophomore attack Nicolette Crisalli led the charge with a game-high four goals for a Catholic team that outshot Springfield, 32-16. The Cardinals trailed 6-5 at the half and 9-8 with with less than 11 minutes to play, but stormed back to clinch its spot among the final eight remaining teams in the country.
Trailing 9-6 with just under 15 minutes to go, rookie Jessica Lyons started a string of five-straight goals for the Cards. In addition, Lyons added the go-ahead score for head coach Meghan McDonogh, finishing the feed from junior Clair Schmitzer at the 6:05 mark.
Junior Anna Stumme came up with game-tying score in the second half, netting her 36th goal of the season with just 10:58 to go. Stumme matched Crisalli with a four-point game, scoring twice with two assists, while also picking up three ground calls.
Catholic not only won the shot battle 21-8 in the second half, but earned a 15-9 edge in draw controls and a 21-17 advantage in ground balls.
The Cardinals now face No. 1 overall seed SUNY Cortland in a rematch of last season's NCAA Quarterfinal matchup, Sunday at 1 p.m. The two teams battled to a one-goal game last season that saw Cortland emerge as 13-12 victors.