NCAA Div. III teams were active on the court and fields this weekend giving local fans an opportunity to sample the fare of smaller colleges. What they tasted undoubtedly left them wanting to come back for more.
Seven different Cardinals (5-1) penetrated the box Sept. 20 as No. 14 Catholic routed Misericordia 8-4 in field hockey. Maura Campbell led the charge with two goals.
The score was knotted 3-3 early in the second half when the Cards went on a 5-1 scoring binge. Tarah Portland (Colonial Forge) fired in Rachel Day’s pass from the top of the circle. Colleen Harwood (Magruder) finished up a pass from Campbell and Lizzie Ireland (South County) followed up with an unassisted goal. Marisa Martinelli and Campbell locked up the afternoon by downing two final goals. Colby Eldridge scored twice for the Cougars.
CU concluded the day with 16 shots, 10 on goal. Misericordia (3-4) managed 10 shots, 7 on goal. Emma Warden took the box for the final 25 minutes. Starter Analisa Scott made 3 saves and allowed 3 goals in 45 minutes.
Catholic’s women’s soccer team suffered its first setback of the season Sept. 20 when Salisbury’s Tabitha Brown scored in the last minute putting the Sea Gulls ahead 2-1. The Cardinals battled most of the day, but the Eastern Shore team came up big in the final three minutes.
Just when it seemed like the Cardinals were going to come away with a win, the Sea Gulls struck back when junior forward Victoria Luc (Chesapeake) scored the equalizer in the 87th minute, taking a shot from 18 yards out that sailed low and by Lexi Halperin’s feet into the net. “To put it simply, giving up two goals in the final three minutes is just unacceptable,” Head Coach J.P Sousa said. “I believe we are better than today’s result. It is unfortunate to lose, and the girls are disappointed, but in the end it is just one game and we will learn a lot from this.”
CU’s Kirsten Wosleger put the Cards in front 1-0 drilling a shot into the right corner of the net at 7:10. Catholic (5-1-2) had another four shots on goal but came away empty handed. Salisbury improved to 2-3-3.
Marymount University’s women’s volleyball team swept a pair of home contests on Sept. 20, downing Washington College (Md.) 3-0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-19) before tackling Lycoming 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-12) in the nightcap. The Saints improve to 14-2 on the season with the pair of wins.
Rebecca Bateman (St. John’s) aided the Saints offense with a grand total of 31 assists, setting up Emileigh Rettig (Bishop Ireton) and Morgan McAlpin (Good Counsel) for their 17 kills apiece in the day’s work. Christy Tieman also poured in 19 assists, while Rettig collected 14 digs between the two matches. McAlpin proved the Saints most effective netminder over the course of the afternoon, collecting four solo blocks and assisting an additional four.
Shorewomen outside hitter Kristin Lee (River Hill) had eight kills in the loss to MU. Washington won its match against Lycoming 3-1 with Lee leading in kills (13) and blocks (4).