April 3, 2012

Catholic Hammers Haverford for Fourth Straight Win

from press release

WASHINGTON – No. 16 CUA won its fourth straight game on Tuesday, racing past Haverford 19-7 inside Cardinal Stadium.  Meghan Brady netted a game-high seven goals for the Cardinals, while Mary Swarthout, Mallory Vogel and Caroline DiBartolomeo added three apiece.

Brady scored the game's first goal just 30 seconds in and Swarthout followed with her first goal of the day 23 seconds later to make it 2-0.

Haverford's Jen Schmidt cut the CUA lead in half with a score at the 27:56 mark, but CUA ripped off four straight to go in front 6-1.  Vogel, Brady, DiBartolomeo and Swarthout each scored during the 4-0 run.

Megan Gallagher scored Haverford's second goal on a free position shot with 20:27 to play before halftime, but Brady answered off a feed from Lindsay Brophy to put CUA in front by five.

Two straight scores by the Fords cut CUA's lead to just three, but the Cardinals came back with four straight goals to open up an 11-4 advantage with 5:25 to play before intermission.  Brophy, Katie Miller, Theresa Ciletti and Swarthout handled the scoring during the Cards' second 4-0 run of the half.

Hannah Morgan scored the final goal of the half with 3:35 to play, and CUA took an 11-5 lead into the break.

Schmidt opened the second half with a goal 2:04 in to bring the Fords within five, but Vogel and Brady scored back-to-back goals to up the CUA lead to 13-6.

Following a Diana Perry score at the 20:16 mark, CUA closed the game out on a 6-0 run, including three goals by Brady, two by DiBartolomeo and one by Vogel to set the final tally at 19-7.

CUA finished with a dominating 33-14 advantage in shots and a 17-9 lead in ground balls.  Kelly Neligan and Swarthout led the Cardinals in draw controls with six and five, respectively, while five different CUA players picked up two ground balls.

Tricia Pehnke earned her third straight win in goal, stopping four shots, and Megan Gormley, Meghan Murray and DiBartolomeo caused two turnovers apiece.

The Cardinals are back in action on Thursday afternoon when CUA welcomes Goucher to Cardinal Stadium for a 4 p.m. contest.


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