HUNTINGDON, Pa. - With an 18-2 victory over Juniata Saturday at Gibbel Stadium, the Catholic University women's lacrosse team finished Landmark Conference play undefeated for the sixth consecutive season.
The 10th-ranked Cardinals (13-4, 7-0 LC) posted their 38th-straight Landmark Conference victory and are now 63-2 since joining the league for its inaugural season in 2008.
Senior Megan Ellis led 13 players who had at least one point for Catholic as she finished with three goals and one assist. Three different Cardinals had hat tricks as sophomore Kate Behlen and freshman Caitlyn Bowles also had three goals each. It was the second hat-trick for Bowles this season and the first in 33 career games for Behlen.
Ellis, Behlen and Bowles each scored twice in the game's first 17 minutes as the Cards opened a 10-1 lead before sophomore Bridget Beck had a hand in each of the final two goals of the half with a goal and an assist as Catholic led 12-1 after one.
Ellis now has 38 goals this season as she eyes her second-straight 40-goal season after scoring a career-high 41 a year ago. Meanwhile, with a goal with 23:49 remaining in the first half, junior Ally Criscuolo now has 39 this season, just one shy of her first career 40-goal campaign.
Senior Jess Lyons also netted a first half tally to give her a team-leading 45 goals this season as the Cardinals look to boast three 40-goal scorers for the second consecutive season. Four Cards had at least 40 goals last season: Nicolette Crisalli (78), Lyons (51), Holly Regan (44) and Ellis (41).
Lyons also finished with four points against the Eagles (6-10, 0-7 LC) with two goals and two assists. She also had four draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Junior Nanci Hernandez made her 35th-straight start in goal for Catholic, playing the first 17:41 before giving way to freshman Rachel Searle. Freshman Emily Tremblay made her third appearance of the season in the final nine minutes, making the Cards' loan save of the game.
With the regular season complete, the Cardinals turn their attention to the 2019 Landmark Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship which begins with the semifinals on Wednesday, May 1. Catholic, who is the top-seed and looking for its 11th title and sixth-straight, will host fourth-seeded Drew at Carlini Field beginning at 4 p.m. Third-seed Moravian will travel to No. 2-seed and 17th-ranked Scranton in the other semifinal which also begins at 4 p.m.
The Landmark Conference championship game will be on Saturday, May 4 at the highest remaning seed.