Cardinals down Haverford 14-11 to earn another road win

Cardinals down Haverford 14-11 to earn another road win

HAVERFORD, Pa. – CUA jumped out to a 9-3 halftime lead over Haverford (7-4) on Wednesday and held off the Fords in a 14-11 victory, the Cardinals sixth in their last seven games.  Mary Swarthout scored five goals for CUA (7-2), while Kate Robinson scored twice and handed out three assists.

Katie Buonpastore put the Cardinals on top 2:08 into the game and a little over two minutes later Theresa Ciletti made it 2-0 off an assist from Robinson, her second of the game.

Buonpastore netted her second goal with 24:54 to play before halftime and CUA was in front by three.

Josie Ferri got the Fords on the board with her score at the 21:42 mark of the half, but Robinson answered with her first goal of the afternoon to give the Cardinals a 4-1 advantage. 

Back-to-back goals by Swarthout in a span of 1:02 then made it a 6-1 game with 14:08 remaining before halftime.

A Haverford goal with 9:33 to play cut CUA’s lead to four, but Swarthout again scored two straight and the Cardinals went in front by six, 8-2.

Following Megan Gallagher’s goal with 1:44 on the clock, Mary Robinson closed out the first half scoring with a goal 45 seconds before halftime and CUA took a commanding 9-3 lead.

Mary Robinson and Chelsea Gleason scored two goals in the first 1:27 of the second half to put the Cardinals on top 11-3 but this time it was Haverford that had the answer with three straight scores to cut it to a five-goal game.

Kate Robinson got CUA back on track with a goal with 25:05 left in the game and less than three minutes later Swarthout scored yet again to put CUA in front 13-6.

The Fords refused to go away though, scoring three more in succession, and with 19:16 to play the score was 13-9 in favor of CUA.

Buonpastore completed her hat trick with a goal at the 12:19 mark to put the Cardinals in front by five, but the Fords continued to chip away scoring two more goals to pull within 14-11 with under five to play.

That was as close as CUA’s defense would let Haverford get though, and the Cardinals closed out their seventh win of the season.

CUA was credited with 25 shots on the day and Haverford was credited with 20.  The Cardinals picked up 13 ground balls, led by Swarthout with three, and the Fords scooped up 14 with Ferri leading the way with four.

Kate Robinson (four) and Caroline Scalamandre (three) led CUA in draw controls and Swarthout was the team leader in caused turnovers with two.  Gabby Sena stopped two shots for the Cardinals in goal and Leah Hammerschlag sent back three shots for the home team.

CUA steps back into conference play on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals travel to Towson, Md. to take on the Goucher Gophers.  The opening draw is slated for noon.