No. 11 Catholic Defeats No. 5 Salisbury in Season-Opener

No. 11 Catholic Defeats No. 5 Salisbury in Season-Opener

WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team opened the 2017 season in grand fashion as the No. 11-ranked Cardinals rallied to defeat No. 5 Salisbury on Saturday afternoon.

The Cards trailed early in the second half after Salisbury's Gabbi Nieves scored one of her game-high three goals, but senior Anna Stumme found the equalizer on a free position shot six minutes later to tie it up and start the Catholic comeback.

The next 10 minutes went scoreless before senior Alexis Bosilovic netted the go-ahead goal on another free position shot. Stumme then made it three-straight free position scores five minutes later and Bosilovic added another insurance score as the duo dominated the second half.

It is the third-straight season the two teams have met in the season opener as Catholic now holds a 2-1 advantage.

The game was actually in doubt overall as lightning storms in the area suspended play at halftime for two hours before the teams were allowed to resume play.

Bosilovic, who scored the first goal of the game, ended the day with four points, while she and Stumme were joined by junior Nicolette Crisalli (two goals) with multi-point performances.

Sophomore goalkeeper Christina De Cesaris entered at the half and stopped four shots to earn the win.

The Cards continue their two-game homestand to open the year as they host St. Mary's on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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