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Cardinals Advance to Fifth-Straight Regional Semifinals

Cardinals Advance to Fifth-Straight Regional Semifinals

Courtesy of Catholic Athletic Communications

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Catholic University women's lacrosse junior Julia Clementi totaled four goals and six points, both career highs, as the 10th-ranked Cardinals posted their 17th win of the season to tie the school record for wins in a season with a 16-6 victory over Mount Union Sunday at Mount Union Stadium.

With 17 wins, Catholic (17-4) equals the marks set in 2008 and 2009. The Cards also advanced to their fifth-straight regional semifinal where they will face Amherst who defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on the road in Claremont, California in the second round today, 14-8.

The Cardinals are now 2-0 all-time against Mount Union after a 21-8 win over the Purple Raiders in the third round of the NCAA tournament on May 16, 2015 at SUNY Cortland.

In two NCAA tournament games this year, Clementi has totaled 10 points with seven goals and three assists. In seven career NCAA contests, she now has 13 points with 10 goals and three assists.

Clementi scored three of the Cardinals' first seven goals as they led 7-0 with 5:59 remaining in the first half before the Raiders got on the board with 4:22 to play.

Catholic led 8-2 at the half as eight different players had at least one point. Highlighted by Clementi, four of those players came off the bench to account for four goals and three assists, including senior Molly Kelly who added two first-half assists.

Each team scored three goals over the first 13 minutes of the second half before the Cardinals scored five of the final six for the victory. Clementi assisted on back-to-back goals by freshman Clare Richards while sophomore Bridget Beck had helpers on two second-half goals by senior Megan Ellis.

Clementi also had two ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead a defensive effort that forced 22 turnovers. A total of 11 players had at least one caused turnover for the Cards.

Richards had six draw controls while senior Erin Dugan added four as Catholic held a 17-6 advantage in that category, including a 9-2 edge in the first half.

Junior Nanci Hernandez earned her 15th win of the season with four saves in 55 minutes before giving way to freshman Rachel Searle for the second-straight day.

Mount Union (17-2) was led by two goals from Danielle Rohrman, finishing the year with a school record 80. In goal, Mimi Curtis made eight saves on 28 shots, including 24 on goal.

Catholic and Amherst have never met in women's lacrosse and will do so for the first time next Saturday, May 18 in the regional semifinals at Salisbury. Opening draw is at 2:30 p.m.