St. Mary's Comes Up Short at Catholic

Washington, D.C. St. Mary's saw their two-game win streak come to a halt Tuesday night as St. Mary's dropped a 16-10 non-conference decision at The Catholic University of America.

First-year midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) paced the Seahawks (5-7) on the night with her hat trick of the season. Newman also dished out an assist while senior attacker Emily Shafer (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) also contributed four points on one goal and three assists.

Sophomore midfielder Daniella Hanacek (Rockville, Md./T.S. Wootton) chipped in a goal and two helpers while senior midfielder Lauren Gray (Edgewater, Md./South River) paced the team with a game-high eight draw controls as St. Mary's posted a 17-11 margin in draw controls.

Hanacek put the Seahawks on the scoreboard first before Catholic responded with two straight to take a 2-1 lead at 22:40. Shafer evened up the game at 2-2 over a minute later with her only goal of the game. Sophomore Caroline DiBartolomeo (Cherry Hill, N.J.) then sparked a 3-0 run with two consecutive goals, giving CUA a 5-2 margin.

The Seahawks then scored two of the next three goals behind tallies by Newman and junior defender Sarah Harnish (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), pulling within 6-4 at 9:06. Catholic headed into halftime with an 8-5 advantage as the Cardinals closed out the half on a 2-1 run.

DiBartolomeo led all scorers with half a dozen goals while first-year midfielder Madeline Nowakowski (Orchard Park, N.Y.) finished with a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists.

Catholic opened up the second half by outscoring the Seahawks, 5-2, to own a 13-7 advantage with 9:28 left in the game. First-year midfielder Brynn Miller (Frederick, Md./Urbana) stopped the Cardinals' 4-0 run with an unassisted goal at 8:49. CUA picked up the next two goals before St. Mary's scored two of the final three goals of the game for the 16-10 final.

Sophomore Michelle DiMenna (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) recorded 10 saves, including eight stops in the first half, and one ground ball in 54 minutes of action. For Catholic, sophomore Tricia Pehnke (West Windsor, N.J.) made 13 saves, notched two caused turnovers and scooped up one ground ball in the win.

St. Mary's will be back in action on Saturday, April 6 when the Seahawks travel to the Eastern Shore to face No. 2 Salisbury University in Capital Athletic Conference action at 4:00 pm.


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