WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America field hockey team picked up a signature win at home on Wednesday night, knocking off No. 4 Salisbury, 2-0. The win comes exactly 365 days after the Cardinals upset then-No. 1 Salisbury on the road, 3-1. Junior goalkeeper Analisa Scott picked up the shutout victory for her ninth blank sheet of her career.
Scott and the defense were sensational, facing 19 penalty corner by the Seagulls. Scott finished the game with nine saves, facing 19 shots, while three other Cardinals, Marisa Martinelli, Madalyn Dennis and Sophia Maute, made impressive defensive saves.
"Tonight we came out with some strong, physical play and were mentally tough. We showed what we are capable of," said head coach Gia Cillizza. "We treat every game the same but I think we did get up for this game. It was a great program win."
The Cardinals did well to keep Salisbury off the score sheet, especially in the first half as they turned away 13 shots and 14 penalty corners in the initial period.
After facing a plethora of corners in the first, CUA made the most of one of their own early in the second. Elliott set it up, feeding it in to classmate Hayley Wright for the one-timer and insurance goal just three and a half minutes into the stanza.
Catholic's strong play continued throughout the match as the Cards will able to possess the ball for much of the final 20 minutes and turn away several Seagull chances.
The Cardinals, which are receiving votes in the latest national poll, will look to build upon its newfound momentum when they travel to Drew for a Landmark Conference matchup on Saturday at 1 p.m.