Cardinals Shock #13 St. Mary's, 7-4

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2005) -- The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team upset St. Mary's College (Md.), ranked 13th in Division III by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, 7-4 on Thursday at DuFour Field.

The win improves CUA's record to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Seahawks fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the CAC. The loss is only the second ever on record for the Seahawks at the hands of the Cardinals. The Cardinals won their first game against St. Mary's College in 2000 with a 10-7 upset.

Jaclyn Seward opened up the game with a possession on draw control and a breakaway toward the cage. She hit Krista Piotrowski with an assist to get a goal on the board within the first 28 seconds. Seward extended the lead to 2-0 just over eight minutes into the contest with an unassisted goal. Christine Thornton scored exactly ten minutes after Seward on an assist from Marisa Schaffer, giving the Cardinals the 3-0 halftime lead.

CUA opened the second half with a goal from Kristen Wisniewski, assisted by Courtney Murray to extend the lead to 4-0. The Seahawks rallied with two unanswered goals to reduce the deficit to 4-2 with 15:39 remaining in the game. St. Mary's Becca Christoffersen scored her first goal of the game and was followed by a goal from senior attack Karli Libertini.

Seward then answered with the Cardinals' fifth goal of the contest to open up a three-goal lead. Christoffersen scored her second goal of the game to reduce the deficit to 5-3 with 11:39 remaining, but that would be as close as the Seahawks would get. Catholic scored the next two goals (C. Murray and Shaffer) of the game before surrendering Christoffersen's third goal of the game on a free position shot.

CUA goalkeeper Sarah McGrath won the decision with nine total saves; St. Mary's goalkeeper Melissa Puzak tallied seven for the game.