Newport News, Va. – Christopher Newport University’s Sarah Culver converted a free-position shot for the game-winning goal with two ticks on the clock to lift the host Captains past the St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s lacrosse team, 14-13, Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action. The Seahawks, who received votes in this week’s IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll, slips to 4-6, 0-2 CAC while the win bumps CNU to 6-5, 2-0 CAC.

Game Stats

  • Shots: St. Mary’s 32, Christopher Newport 38
  • Ground Balls: St. Mary’s 21, Christopher Newport 29
  • Draw Controls: St. Mary’s 13, Christopher Newport 16
  • Free-Position Shots: St. Mary’s 2-7, Christopher Newport 2-6
  • Saves: St. Mary’s 16, Christopher Newport 12
  • Caused Turnovers: St. Mary’s 18, Christopher Newport 16
  • Turnovers: St. Mary’s 16, Christopher Newport 20

How It Happened

  • Culver’s game-winning free-position goal was only CNU’s second such goal in six attempts for the game.
  • Culver struck first for the Captains for an early 1-0 lead just 12 seconds in before St. Mary’s responded by scoring five of the next six goals, including a pair from junior midfielder Ali Collie (Glen Arm, Md./Dulaney), to stake a three-goal advantage at 15:58.
  • CNU answered back in kind with four of the next five scores to equalize the game at 6-6 with 8:44 left in the first half. However, the Seahawks would head into halftime with an 8-7 edge as midfielders Caitlin Katchmar (Phoenix, Md./Hereford) and Kate Bartholomew (Galena, Md./Kent County) each found the back of the net.
  • Katchmar made it a two-goal St. Mary’s advantage at 23:48 of the second half before the Captains used a 4-1 run to retake the lead, 11-10 at 17:30 and then stretched it to 13-11 at 9:30.
  • The Seahawks continued fighting and scored twice in just over two minutes to pull even with 2:31 remaining in the game.
  • Despite CNU winning the ensuing draw control, a save by junior Emma Brown (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) gave the Seahawks another shot on offense. St. Mary’s generated a free-position shot with less than a minute to go but Kaitlyn Readydenied the shot.
  • The Seahawks’ ride caused Christopher Newport to turn the ball over with 20 seconds left but the possession was short-lived with a turnover with less than 10 seconds on the clock.

Inside the Box Score

  • Katchmar fired in four goals, matching a career-best for the third time, while winning a game-high five draw controls and adding two ground balls.
  • Collie contributed three goals, two ground balls, a career-best two caused turnovers, and an assist while Bartholomewfinished with her second career hat trick with a career-high three goals.
  • Defensively, sophomore defender Alyssa Demski (Towson, Md./Loch Raven) picked up three ground balls and forced a career-best three turnovers while first-year defender Francesca Ziccardi (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) chipped in season-highs of three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
  • In goal, E. Brown registered a career-best 16 saves for the second time in her career as she made 11 stops alone in the second half.
  • Culver led all goal scorers with five goals and tallied a game-best five draw controls while Carly Wilson put up game-highs of five assists and seven points. Julia Golden, who caused St. Mary’s last miscue in the final eight seconds of the game, collected game-bests of five draw controls, four ground balls, and four caused turnovers. Ready came up with 12 saves, including nine over the final 30 minutes, and three ground balls.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Apr. 4 at Marymount (Va.) University (8-3, 2-0 CAC) – Arlington, Va. – CAC game – 4:00 p.m.

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Student- Emma Brown ’19

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