Courtesy of Catholic Athletic Communications
Lexington, Va. – The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team saw its run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament come to close in the Regional Semifinals as the No. 13 Cardinals were edged by No. 2 Washington, 9-6. The game featured four ties, three lead changes, a four-plus hour lightning delay and a field change.
It was an even-matched contest throughout that featured back-and-forth action despite play being halted to thunderstorms in the area. Catholic scored the first three goals of the game, but Washington & Lee matched the effort to tie the game midway through the first half.
The teams traded goals before senior Ana Brandenburg capped an early hat trick as she buried the feed from classmate Clair Schmitzer for a 5-4 advantage.
The Generals were able to get it back before the half, however, to make it a tie game at the intermission.
Washington & Lee scored 4:08 into the second stanza to take its first lead of the game, but immediately after the goal, a lightning strike halted play at 3:59 p.m., and resulted in four-hour, 12-minute delay.
Due to darkness, the two teams switched from W&L's women's lacrosse field to the football stadium and resumed play at 8:11 p.m.
Catholic came out strong as senior All-American Laura Dunn scored on a free position attempt less than two minutes after the resume.
It was all Washington & Lee after that however as they scored three-straight goals to advance to the Regional Final.
Catholic's senior class wraps incredible careers that boasts an unbeaten Landmark Conference four-year run, four Landmark Tournament Championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Regional Finals.