#9 Catholic Wins NCAA Opener vs. #19 UMW

WASHINGTON Behind six goals from Mary Swarthout and seven assists by Kate Robinson CUA downed Mary Washington 18-10 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals led 10-4 at halftime and received goals from eight different players to win an NCAA Tournament game for the fourth consecutive season.

Less than eight minutes into the game CUA was in front 4-0 with Swarthout, Lindsay Davenport, Mallory Vogel and Meghan Brady each scoring goals.

Catherine Kennedy put the Eagles on the board with a goal with 17:14 remaining in the opening half, but back-to-back scores by Robinson and Swarthout gave CUA a 6-1 advantage with 13:51 to play before halftime.

Keller Torrey scored Mary Washington's second goal with 12:41 on the clock, but goals by Davenport, Robinson, and Buonpastore put the Cardinals lead at seven with under ten to play in the half.

Two straight scores by the Eagles' Erin Murphy cut CUA's lead to five, but Buonpastore fed Mary Robinson for another Cardinals score and they took a 10-4 lead into halftime.

Goals by Buonpastore and Brady in the opening 6:30 of the second half extended CUA's lead to eight, before UMW came back with two straight to make it 12-6.

Swarthout's 60th goal of the season came with 17:44 to play and put the Cardinals on top by seven, but again the Eagles scored two straight to pull within 13-8.

Swarthout and Buonpastore then went back-to-back to make it a 15-8 game, and a goal by Gretchen Wade and two more from Swarthout completed the scoring for CUA.

CUA out shot the Eagles 38-26 on the day and picked up 22 ground balls to Mary Washington's 17. CUA won 16 draw controls and forced the Eagles into 17 turnovers, while on clear attempts the Cardinals were 15 of 18.

Swarthout and the Robinson sisters, Kate and Mary, led CUA with three draw controls each, while Mary Robinson's four ground balls were a team-high. Buonpastore, Caroline Scalamandre and Kate Robinson all caused two turnovers and Gabby Sena stopped 11 shots in goal.

Kathryn Stiltz sent back 13 shots for the visitors with Murphy scoring a team-high three goals. Catherine Kennedy led the Eagles with four ground balls and Kathleen Mastopaolo caused two turnovers.

CUA now moves on to take on the nation's No. 1 ranked team, The College of New Jersey. The game will take place on Saturday, May 14 on the campus of Franklin & Marshall with start time slated for 2:30 p.m.

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No. 19 University of Mary Washington dropped an 18-10 decision at ninth-ranked Catholic University in the first round of the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse tournament on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Eagles close the season with a record of 13-8.

Catholic jumped ahead early, scoring three times before UMW even produced a shot. The Eagles battled to stay close, but the Cards used three free-position shot goals to open up a 10-4 lead at halftime.

The second half saw the Cardinals net the first two goals, but UMW rebounded to cut the score to 13-8 with 17:05 remaining, thanks to a pair of goals from junior Allie Kimmelman and single tallies from Keller Torrey and Megan Gersbeck. But Catholic had the final answer, scoring five of the final seven goals of the game for the 18-10 win.

Catholic led in shots, 38-26, and had 22 ground balls to 17 for UMW. Catholic won 16 of 30 draw controls in the game, and won the turnover battle, 17-12. UMW sophomore Kathryn Stiltz made 13 saves for the Eagles, while Catholic's Gabby Sena had 11 stops.

Mary Washington was led by senior Erin Murphy, who had three goals, while Kimmelman scored twice and had one assist and Torrey scored twice. Catholic was led by Mary Swarthout's six goals.

Catholic will advance to the second round, where they will face top-ranked The College of New Jersey on Saturday.


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