GLASSBORO, N.J. - Catholic University women's lacrosse junior Nanci Hernandez made a season-high 14 saves as the 10th-ranked Cardinals posted an 18-9 road victory at Rowan Thursday in a rematch of last year's NCAA second round contest.
Catholic (12-4) scored 18 goals on 30 shots while limiting the Profs to just nine goals on 30 shots.
Hernandez totaled eight saves on 14 shots in the first half as the Cards took a 10-3 halftime lead.
With the game tied at 2-2 just over 10 minutes in, senior Jess Lyons scored the first of her three goals just 11 seconds after the Profs tied it, sparking an 8-0 run for the visitors as they led 10-2 with 2:23 remaining in the first half. Lyons scored all three of her goals during the run while senior Megan Ellis and junior Ally Criscuolo each added two.
Five different players accounted for Catholic's eight second-half goals as the Cards scored five unanswered goals to take their largest lead of the game at 18-7 with 5:42 to play.
Criscuolo finished with four goals for the Cardinals while junior Julia Clementi had three to go along with four points, both career highs. Clementi has totaled 10 points with five goals and five assists over her last two games after posting a career-high three assists in a 20-3 win over Susquehanna last Thursday.
Lyons also dished out one assist to finish with four points to go along with seven draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Hernandez was one save shy of her career high of 15 set against York (PA) in the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship on May 19, 2018.
The Cardinals wrap up the 2019 regular season on Saturday when they travel to Juniata for a Landmark Conference contest beginning at 1 p.m.