Cardinals Rally to Force OT, Fall at Mary Washington, 12-11

Cardinals Rally to Force OT, Fall at Mary Washington, 12-11

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Catholic University men's lacrosse freshman Sean Baudo scored a career-high four goals, but Mary Washington scored just 27 seconds into overtime as the Eagles posted a 12-11 nonconference victory over the Cardinals Saturday at the Battleground Athletic Complex.

Catholic (3-4) has had five of its seven games this season decided by two goals or less, including two in overtime.

Baudo entered today's game with just one goal in his first four games before netting two during a 4-0 run in the second quarter that tied the game at 6-6. His first goal ignited the run before his second just 4:38 later closed it.

Mary Washington (4-3) scored five of the first seven goals to start the second half to take an 11-8 lead with 11:14 left in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals responded with three unanswered tallies to tie the game at 11-11 with 3:02 remaining.

Sophomore Owen Smith scored his second goal of the game to start the run before Baudo netted his fourth and junior Vince Catenacci scored his second of the game and team-leading 20th of the season just 25 seconds later to force overtime.

However, freshman Brendan Dulin was whistled for a slashing penalty with only 19 seconds to play in regulation, giving the Eagles a 1:00 man-advantage and possession to start the extra period. After Cameron Walker's first shot for Mary Washington was wide, he found the back of the net the second time for his only goal of the game and just the second of his career. Shane McKenzie picked up his sixth assist of the game on the play.

Junior Griffin Smith finshed with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the Cardinals defensively while junior Alex Mulyk made 10 saves.

Billy Senicola finished with 17 saves for the Eagles, including nine in the second half and five in the fourth quarter.

Catholic heads to Clearwater, Florida for spring break on Sunday before taking on Berry from Mount Berry, Georgia and the Southern Athletic Association on Wednesday at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex begining at noon.