No. 12 Catholic Uses 9-0 Run to Down Redlands in NCAAs

SALISBURY, Md. Trailing Redlands 5-3 with 10:19 remaining in the first half on Saturday, CUA unleashed a 9-0 run that propelled the Cardinals to a 17-10 win over the Bulldogs in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The win sends the Cardinals to their third regional final in the last five years.

Mary Swarthout and Theresa Ciletti scored five goals to lead the Cardinals, while Lindsay Brophy, Meghan Brady, and Katie Miller added two apiece.

After Meghan Prickett scored twice to put Redlands in front 5-3 with 10:19 remaining in the first, CUA took over and scored the final eight goals of the half to surge in front 11-5 at the break.

Ciletti scored three times, Swarthout scored twice and Brophy, Brady and Miller added one each during the 8-0 CUA run.

Swarthout continued the scoring for the Cards 41 seconds into the second half to make it a seven-goal lead, before KK McCaslin finally put a goal on the board for the Bulldogs.

Miller scored with 21:41 to play to up the lead back to seven, but Jacky Craycraft and Finke netted two straight for Redlands to cut the lead to five.

CUA responded with goals from Swarthout, Brady and Ciletti to take its largest lead of the day with 12:35 on the clock.

Brophy finished the scoring with a goal with only 2:31 left, sealing CUA's 16th win of the season.

The teams went back-and-forth in the early going with Ciletti netting the game's first goal before Prickett answered for the Bulldogs.

CUA's Mary Robinson and Finke then traded goals, and Swarthout and Blair Callaghan followed with two more goals to tie things at three with 16:19 to play before halftime.

Brophy and Mallory Vogel handed out two assists apiece for CUA, with Swarthout leading the way with seven draw controls. Swarthout and Caroline Scalamandre forced three turnovers each and Tricia Pehnke improved to 11-0 on the season with a nine-save effort in goal.

CUA now moves on to take on the nation's number-one ranked team, Salisbury on Sunday afternoon in the regional final. Start time from Salisbury is set for 1:00 p.m.

This will mark the fourth time CUA and Salisbury have met in the NCAA Tournament and the third time they have faced off in the regional final. The Sea Gulls have won all three of the previous meetings.

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Redlands' historical campaign came to a close on Saturday when the Bulldogs fell to Catholic by a score of 10-17 in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Maroon and Gray tallied an early 5-3 lead but the Cardinal offense erupted for nine unanswered goals to pull away, leading to Redlands' second loss of 2012.

The Bulldogs created their only lead of the game by firing off three straight scores midway through the opening period. Down 3-4, senior attack player Blair Callaghan (Tacoma, WA) initiated the spurt and senior midfielder Megan Prickett (Poway, CA) found the back of the net on consecutive occasions in a six-minute span.

Catholic took a moment to talk it over in a timeout and regrouped with an impressive offensive onslaught, uncorking seven straight goals to finish out the half with an 11-5 advantage.

The second half saw an evenly-matched effort for the teams, with the Cardinals earning a narrow 6-5 margin in the final 30 minutes.

Senior attack player Ashley Finke (Austin, TX) cut the lead to five at 8-13 when she posted her second netter of the game, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get.

Prickett finished with a hat trick to lead Redlands, while sophomore midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Trabuco Canyon, CA) provided two goals and two assists.

Mary Swarthout and Theresa Ciletti combined for 10 of Catholic's goals.

Following the program's first-ever Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship, Redlands (16-2) finishes out the 2012 season with the best record in the team's history.

2012-05-12



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