WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic sophomore goalkeeper Tricia Pehnke recorded 16 saves to lead the Cardinals to an 11-9 win over the Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team on Saturday at Cardinals Stadium.
The Generals created 28 shots in the contest, including 17 in the first half, but Pehnke was able to shut down more than half of W&L's (3-6) opportunities.
The Blue and White jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 10:35 mark, in which sophomore attacker Catherine Klinedinst (McLean, Va./Holton-Arms School) contributed two goals and one assist. CUA (3-4) answered back with three-straight goals to even the score, 3-3, with 2:08 left in the half.
Junior midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) got the Generals' lead back (4-3) with a goal at 1:44 off a feed from junior attacker Katie Hagen (West Chester, Pa./Notre Dame), only to have the Cardinals score twice more in the half and enter the break with a 5-4 advantage.
Junior attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) tied the contest at 5-5 with an unassisted score just 1:33 into the second period. First-year attacker Carly Taglienti (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) notched a goal two minutes later to give W&L a 6-5 lead at the 26:27 mark. CUA then scored two goals by 17:21 to pull ahead once again, 7-6.
The Generals registered another goal at 15:06 (7-7), but the Cardinals knocked in three unanswered tallies to take their largest lead of the game, 10-7, with 8:58 to play. Hagen attempted to ignite a Generals' comeback with two-straight goals by 5:53 (10-9), but CUA first-year attacker Emily Downs tallied a goal at 5:46, while the Cardinals did not allow any more goals, to claim the 11-9 victory.
In goal for the Blue and White was sophomore Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), who collected seven saves and 11 goals-against in 60 minutes of acton. Pehnke recorded 16 saves and nine goals-against while spending the entire game in net for the Cardinals.
Hagen paced the Generals with four points on two goals and two assists. Klinedinst and Taglienti also scored a pair of goals in the contest. On the defensive end, junior Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) picked up five ground balls and three caused turnovers, and Brewster won three draw controls.
For CUA, sophomore midfielder Lindsay Brophy registered four goals and one assist, while also claiming five draw controls and three ground balls. Senior attacker Katie Miller and Downs each added a pair of goals on the day, and senior defender Caroline Scalamandre tallied three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers.
W&L returns to the field on Wednesday, when it hosts Randolph-Macon for a 4:30 pm contest.
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