Second Half Carries No. 10 Cardinals Past Moravian, 23-15

Second Half Carries No. 10 Cardinals Past Moravian, 23-15

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Led by four goals from senior Jess Lyons and nine saves from junior Nanci Hernandez, the Catholic University women's lacrosse team outscored Moravian 11-4 in the second half en route to a 23-15 victory Saturday at John Makuvek Field.

The 10th-ranked Cardinals (7-2, 2-0 LC) extended their overall win streak to five and their conference win streak to 33. They totaled a season-high 56 shots, including 31 in the first half. The last time Catholic totaled at least 50 shots in a game was back on April 5, 2008 when it had 52 in a 19-10 win over Susquehanna at home.

Lyons and junior Ally Criscuolo each finished with five goals apiece as five Cardinals scored at least three goals. Criscuolo set new career highs with five goals, three assists and eight points while Lyons tied a career high with five goals and six points.

In just her ninth career game and second start, freshman Molly Monaghan scored a career high four goals and five points while picking up her first assist.

Moravian (6-3, 1-1 LC) took a 2-0 lead just 1:09 into the game after back-to-back goals by Jillian Picciuto before Catholic ran off four-straight, including two from Criscuolo, to take a 4-2 lead with 19:46 remaining in the first half.

However, the Greyhounds answered with four consecutive of their own to retake the lead before freshman Nicole DiFabio and sophomore Anna Maupin tied the game at 6-6 on back-to-back free-position goals.

The two teams traded goals over the final 13 minutes before Lyons' first tally of the game with 1:00 left in the first gave the Cardinals a 12-11 halftime lead which they would not relinquish.

Each team scored three goals over the first six minutes of the second half, including three on free positions, before Catholic scored six-straight to take a commanding 21-14 advantage with 12:09 to play. Ellis and Lyons both scored twice during the run that was bookended by tallies from Monaghan and freshman Grace Moclair.

Moravian managed just one goal in the final 24 minutes as Catholic closed the game with an 8-1 run.

In addition to five goals, three assists and eight points, Criscuolo added six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Hernandez picked up her fourth consecutive win, finishing with 12 saves, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Liz Pull had six goals and 12 draw controls for the Greyhounds while Picciuto finished with five goals and eight draw controls.

The Cardinals look for their third consecutive win against a ranked opponent on Wednesday when they travel to No. 8 York (Pa.) for a 5 p.m., opening draw.