No. 12 CUA rides fast start to 19-8 road win at Stevenson

No. 12 CUA rides fast start to 19-8 road win at Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Behind a 14-1 first half run, No. 12 CUA cruised to a 19-8 win over Stevenson on Saturday afternoon.  The Cardinals scored the game's first six goals in less than nine minutes and rode the momentum to their third straight win.  Mary Swarthout found the back of the net four times and Katie Buonpastore and Kelly Ryan added three scores apiece.

Mary Robinson put CUA up 1-0 less than a minute into the game and Lindsay Davenport made it 2-0 just 1:11 in. 

Swarthout scored back-to-back goals in a matter of 21 seconds to put the Cardinals in front by four and Davenport made it a five-goal advantage when she found the back of the net with 23:16 on the first half clock.  Swarthout's third score 2:16 later completed CUA's 6-0 run to begin the contest.

Megan Weiss got Stevenson on the board for the first time with a score at the 18:57 mark, but 15 seconds later Buonpastore netted her first goal to make it a 7-1 game.  Buonpastore then added a second goal 28 seconds later to extend to a seven-goal advantage and CUA was in business.

Ryan got on the board with a goal at the 11:23 mark and Sarah Lindell soon followed with a score of her own, putting the Cardinals in front 10-1.  Swarthout's third goal came with 9:45 left before halftime and Mary Robinson's second came four minutes after that, putting CUA's lead at 11.

Theresa Ciletti and Ryan closed the first half with two more scores for the Cardinals, sending CUA into intermission ahead 14-1.

Kate Robinson scored her first goal of the day 3:30 into the second half to put the Cardinals in front by 14 before Stevenson's Marissa Melklejohn scored the Mustangs first goal of the half two minutes later.

Buonpastore and Ryan responded with back-to-back goals for CUA to make the score 17-2, while a Stevenson score with 19:10 to play made it 17-3.

Erin Fowler's goal with 16:10 on the clock extended to an 18-3 lead for CUA and Meghan Brady put the finishing touches on a strong day for the Cardinals with her score at the 12:03 mark.

Stevenson scored the game's final five goals but by that point the outcome had been decided.

CUA was credited with 30 shots in the game, while Stevenson was credited with 20.  The Cardinals picked up nine ground balls, led by Mary Robinson with three, while Meghan Paul was the team leader in draw controls with three.

Gabby Sena played the entire 60 minutes in goal for CUA and sent back nine shots with Swarthout and Buonpastore leading the Cardinals in assists with three.

Lauren Tagudling and Lisa Baker led the home team in draw controls with four, while Jenny Schroeder stopped three shots in goal before giving way to Alyssa Russell, who sent back one shot.

CUA will be back in action on Monday afternoon when the Cardinals travel to take on Mary Washington.  Start time is slated for 4 p.m.