FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Catholic University women's lacrosse junior Nanci Hernandez made 12 saves, including seven in the first half, but four unanswered goals to end the opening period carried No. 7 Mary Washington to an 11-7 victory over the 10th-ranked Cardinals Tuesday.
Facing its seventh-ranked opponent this season, Catholic (10-4) was outshot 26-21 and held to its lowest goal total of the season. All four of the Cardinals' losses have come to teams currently ranked in the top nine of the IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll, including two on the road at No. 8 York (PA) and No. 7 Mary Washington.
After junior Ally Criscuolo scored her second goal of the game to give the Cards a 4-3 lead with 12:49 remaining in the first half, the Eagles scored four goals over the final 11:31 to take a 7-4 halftime lead. Julia Albert scored her team-leading 57th goal of the season to give UMW their first lead while Mackenzie Maguire scored twice during the run.
However, that would be as close as the Cardinals would get as the Eagles responded with three-straight goals, including two by Hope Lockwood, to push their lead back to four, 10-6 with 19:41 to play.
Mary Washington (13-2) limited Catholic to just seven second-half shots, five of which were saved by Hanna Ashby who finished the game with 12, just two shy of her season high in Saturday's 12-5 win at St. Mary's (MD).
The Cardinals were also just 2-of-7 on free-position attempts and is 10-of-29 in their four losses this year. For the season, Catholic is 51-of-151 on free positions.
Criscuolo finished with two goals and one assist while Ellis added two goals and sophomore Bridget Beck had two assists. Senior Jess Lyons netted her team-leading 40th goal of the season to go along with three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sherry had one goal, two ground balls and two caused turnovers with senior Erin Dugan added three draw controls.
Catholic hosts Susquehanna on Thursday night at Carlini Field in its final regular season home game. Opening draw is set for 6 p.m.