Searle Picks Up First Win in Victory Over No. 15 Cortland

Searle Picks Up First Win in Victory Over No. 15 Cortland

MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. - Catholic University women's lacrosse sophomore Anna Maupin scored a career-high five goals while freshman Rachel Searle picked up her first career win in goal as the 16th-ranked Cardinals posted a 14-12 win over No. 15 Cortland Saturday at Mount Sinai High School.

Catholic (3-2) posted its first win in seven all-time meetings against the Red Dragons.

With the game tied at 8-8, the Cards scored five of the next six goals to take a 13-9 advantage with 13:57 remaining in the second half. The Cardinals scored three goals on free positions while Maupin added two tallies.

Catholic had 17 free-position attempts in the game, scoring on eight of them. The team was 6-of-9 in the second half.

Cortland (2-2) scored three unanswered goals, including two just 14 seconds apart in the final minute to pull within one, 13-12, with just 43 seconds to play. However, senior Katie Sherry won the ensuing draw control which led to Maupin's fifth goal of the game, an insurance tally, with 25 seconds left.

Sherry, who finished the game with three draw controls, also won the game's final draw to ensure the Cardinals' first win in their six games against a top-15 team.

Six different players scored a goal for Catholic with all of them netting at least one free-position tally. Saturday marked the first time since Feb. 27, 2016, a span of 67 games, that the Cards did not have a player register an assist.

Four players had two goals each, including senior Jess Lyons who added 11 draw controls and three ground balls.

The game featured six ties and four lead changes. The Red Dragons led 6-5 at the halftime before Catholic made the switch in goal to Searle. She finished with two saves in her second career appearance, playing the entire second half to pick up her first win.

After Cortland took its largest lead, 6-4 with 4:12 left in the first half, the Cardinals scored nine of the next 12 goals to take their largest advantage at four.

Catholic hosts No. 2 and 2009 national champion Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday in the first game on the new Carlini Field. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m.