WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University women's lacrosse junior Ally Criscuolo had three goals and one assist, but No. 4 Salisbury scored six of the game's final eight goals, including the game-winner with 1:05 left in overtime en route to a 13-12 victory over the 15th-ranked Cardinals Sunday at Cardinal Stadium.
Catholic (0-1) dropped its home opener for the first time since Feb. 29, 2012 when it lost to No. 18 Mary Washington, 14-10. The Cards have opened their season against Salisbury every year since 2015, posting a 2-3 record, losing for the first time at home after wins in 2015 and 2017.
Criscuolo posted her fourth career hat trick and finished one point shy of her career high set in a 22-12 win at Elizabethtown on Apr. 28, 2018.
The Cardinals scored the game's first four goals in a span of 5:41 with Ellis accounting for two with a goal and an assist. They led by no less than two the entire half and took a 9-6 advantage into halftime after Criscuolo scored her second of the game with just seven seconds remaining off an assist from Regan.
Both teams traded goals to start the second half with Criscuolo netting her third with 24:16 remaining before the Sea Gulls scored four-straight to take their first lead of the game, 11-10, with 7:03 to play.
However, Salisbury's Emma Skoglund scored her fourth goal of the game with only 45 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Today marked the first overtime game for Catholic since Apr. 13, 2017 when the 17th-ranked Cardinals beat No. 4 Franklin & Marshall, 8-7, at Cardinal Stadium.
The Sea Gulls (2-0) won the opening draw in overtime, but the Cards forced them into a shot clock violation to get the ball and a chance at sudden victory. However, their shot was high and the first three minutes expired.
Salisbury also won the draw control to start the second half of overtime, just their eighth of the day compared to 20 for Catholic.
On their ensuing possession, the Sea Gulls hit the post on a shot by Lydia McNulty before Gianna Demato picked up the ground balls and found Elaine Draper in front for the game-winning goal with 1:05 remaining.
Junior Nanci Hernandez finished with nine saves for the Cardinals, including five in the second half as Salisbury held a 17-10 advantage in shots.
Catholic scored on 4 of 8 free-position shots, but were limited by 16 turnovers, including 10 in the second half.
The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday when they host another Capital Athletic Conference opponent in St. Mary's (Md.) at Cardinal Stadium. Opening draw is at 4 p.m.