WASHINGTON- The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team claimed an 18-1 win over Merchant Marine on Saturday, extending their Landmark record to 5-0 on senior day in Cardinal Stadium.
Senior goalie Tricia Pehnke started in goal for the Cardinals. Junior goalie Brittnee Frizol entered the game at the half, but it was the senior Pehnke who closed out her final regular season home game for Catholic.
The first half saw 19 shots and 13 goals for the Cardinals, as Merchant Marine was held to zero shots. Sophomore midfielder Alexis Bosilovic put the Cardinals on the board two minutes into play, assisted by senior attack Nicole Laitner. Laitner recorded another assist within the same minute to fellow senior attack Lindsay Brophy.
Ahead 2-0, Bosilovic scored her second of the day with an assist from senior attack Maddie Wilson. Laitner reeled in a goal with an assist from Brophy, who then assisted the following two goals by freshman attack Nicolette Crisalli and sophomore attack Erin Macchione. Macchione scored her second consecutive goal within the same minute of her first, assisted by Wilson.
Ahead 7-0, Wilson recorded her first of the day with an assist from sophomore middie-attack Laura Dunn. Dunn assisted Crisalli's second of the day to put the Cardinals up 9-0. Sophomore attack Jenna Van Middelem put the Cardinals at ten with 18 minutes left to play in the half, assisted by Wilson. Van Middelem then assisted Dunn's back-to-back goals that put the Cardinals ahead 12-0. Sophomore attack Liz McCooey put the Cardinals at 13 just before the half, assisted by Dunn.
Entering the second half, the Cardinals focused on clean ball movement and smart shots on goal. Freshman middie Marisa Opalinski scored two consecutive goals, one of which was assisted by fellow freshman middie-attack Sarah Washington. Senior defender Tori Neill scored halfway through the half, assisted by Wilson.
The Mariners managed a goal with ten minutes left to play, making the score 16-1. They were answered by goals from seniors Kathryn Burton and Caroline DiBartolomeo. The final score read 18-1 as the Cardinals reeled in their 11th win of the season.
Catholic will travel to Scranton to close out their regular season against the Royals on Saturday, April 25, for a 4:00 p.m. game.