April 17, 2000

Ambrosetti's Late Goal Lifts Cardinals over Goucher, 2-1

WASHINGTON--Sophomore Kristi Ambrosetti (Edgewater, Md./St. Mary's High) scored with four seconds remaining to lift the women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory against Goucher in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament at rainy DuFour Field today.

The Cardinals, who won their first postseason game since becoming a varsity sport in 1998, improve to 10-5 with their sixth consecutive victory. They will play at top-seeded Mary Washington College on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Goucher finishes at 5-7.

Ambrosetti, who scored four goals, took a pass from sophomore Hanna Bissell and beat Gopher junior goalkeeper Eve Kennedy from about four yards out for the game-winner. Because of the poor weather conditions, the officials decided at halftime to shorten the second half to 18 minutes.

The Gophers led 9-7 with 13:07 left on an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Lauren Manekin. Manekin led Goucher with four points (three goals, one assist).

CUA responded with goals by sophomore Kate Abbonizio, Ambrosetti and senior Maddie Franklin (Baltimore, Md./Friends School) to lead 10-9 with 2:39 to go. Ambrosetti's goal came after she gathered a groundball at midfield and sprinted in against pressure to score from close range. Sophomore Muffie Bliss tied it at 10 on her third goal of the game with 56 seconds remaining.

Bissell scored three goals in the first half to give the Cardinals a 7-6 lead at the break. Sophomore Amanda Lewis made 13 saves for CUA. Kennedy, normally a defender, recorded eight saves. She was making her first start in goal because of illness to starting goalkeeper Megan Zeller.