For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · email@example.com
Washington, D.C. – Senior captain Meg Gesner (Severna Park, Md./Severn) tallied a career-best five goals while fellow classmate Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) notched her 100th career point as the No. 19 St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team took on No. 6 The Catholic University of America in a battle of Top 20 teams Thursday afternoon.
A late surge by Catholic, including four goals in the last four minutes of the game, propelled the Cardinals to a 15-11 non-conference victory; handing St. Mary's its first loss of the season.
No. 19 St. Mary's 11, No. 6 Catholic 15
How It Happened
- Catholic opened up with a 2-0 lead at 25:27 after scoring twice in a 24-second span. The two teams would then trade the next five goals as the Seahawks closed the gap to 4-3 at 9:43 behind goals from Gesner, junior captain Megan Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep), and Kopf.
- The Cardinals claimed a 6-4 halftime advantage, scoring two of the last three goals as senior midfielder Anne Stumme (Millersville, Md./Seton Keough) assisted on both.
- After CUA netted the first goal of the second half just 13 seconds in, St. Mary's rattled off three straight, including a pair from Gesner, to knot the game at 7-7 at 20:40. Catholic's senior midfielder Ana Brandenburg (Edgewater, Md./Annapolis) broke the tie with a free-position goal at 18:35.
- The Seahawks would put another three-goal run together to claim its first lead of the game, 10-8, at 16:01. Kopf and junior attacker Lacey Brown (Monkton, Md./Hereford) scored within 25 seconds of each other for the two-goal lead.
- Catholic closed out the game by outscoring the Seahawks, 7-1, in the last 15 minutes of the game.
For St. Mary's (3-1)
- Gesner paced the Seahawks with her career-high five goals for a career-best five points and added a career-high two ground balls.
- With her four points (2 G, 2 A) this afternoon, Kopf now has 101 career points on 67 goals and 34 assists in 51 games (41 at St. Mary's, 10 at Anne Arundel Community College).
- Senior captain Mackenzie Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) continued her solid defensive play as Rayburn totaled a career-best six ground balls and a season-best two caused turnovers for the second straight game. She also added two draw controls.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Brown (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) picked nine stops plus career-highs of two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
- The Seahawks won the ground ball battle, 29-25.
For Catholic (2-0)
- Scorers (G-A): Nicolette Crisalli (6-0); Laura Dunn (4-4); Clair Schmitzer (2-0); Stumme (1-2); Alexis Bosilovic (1-1); Brandenburg (1-0); Elizabeth McCooey (0-1); Katie Sherry (0-1)
- Goalies: Nanci Hernandez (7 saves, 6 GA, 46:26); Christina DeCesaris (3 saves, 5 GA, 13:24)
- Catholic dominated the draws by a 20-7 margin as senior midfielder Allie Bond (Montclair, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) grabbed a game-best 15.
- The Cardinals also outshot St. Mary's, 32-26.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- St. Mary's will battle another Top 10 opponent this Saturday, March 4 when the Seahawks welcome No. 4 Gettysburg College (2-0) to Seahawk Stadium. First draw at 2:00 p.m.
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