MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Catholic University women's lacrosse junior Ally Criscuolo tied a career high with four goals while junior Nanci Hernandez made 11 saves, including eight in the second half, as the 10th-ranked Cardinals defeated Messiah on the road Wednesday, 13-6.
Catholic (6-2) won its fourth consecutive game, outshooting the Falcons, 36-22, and allowing just one free-positon shot. The Cardinals also held a 14-7 advantage in draw controls with senior Erin Dugan collecting seven.
Sophomore Anna Maupin netted her third hat-trick of the season with three goals while junior Holly Regan also had three points with two goals and one assist. Senior Jess Lyons scored twice, with her second goal of the game with 3:09 remaining in the first half marking the 100th of her career. She also added three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Catholic jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the game's first eight minutes before extending that to a 6-1 advantage. Maupin scored two of those six goals while Regan had a goal and an assist.
After Lyons' record setting goal, Messiah (1-8) scored with just 24 seconds left in the first half to cut its deficit to four at the half, 7-3.
The Cardinals scored the first three goals of the second half, two of which came from Criscuolo, as they opened their largest lead of the game, 10-3, with exactly 10 minutes to play.
The two teams would exchange goals over the last 7:29 to provide the final margin.
After being outshot 21-8 inthe opening half, the Falcons totaled 14 shots in the second, but Hernandez, the reigning Landmark Conference and IWLCA Division III Defensive Player of the Week, allowed just three goals after stopping eight of the 11 shots on goal.
Catholic returns to Landmark Conference play on Saturday when it travels to Moravian. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.