Courtesy of Catholic Sports Information
WASHINGTON – For the third consecutive season, The Catholic University of America men's lacrosse team is headed back to the Landmark Conference Championship. In the semifinals on Wednesday night the No. 2 seeded Cardinals downed No. 3 Drew, 13-6. Catholic now heads to Elizabethtown on Saturday for a rematch of the 2016 title game.
The Cards' all-conference trio Tim Keith, Bennett Bradley and Victor Licata each registered hat tricks to pace the Catholic offense.
Sophomore goalie Jack Schmidt was strong in the cage as he stopped 12 shots to improve to a perfect 5-0 on the year.
Catholic owned the first quarter as five difference Cardinals scored in the period as they built a 5-0 lead in first 15 minutes. Drew was able to score twice in the second and held the Cards off the scoreboard in the second, but Catholic came out strong after the break with two goals each by Bradley and Licata to build its lead to 9-2.
Licata finished with a five-point day as he added two assists to his three scores. Both Bradley and Keith finished the game with four goals.
The Catholic defense also came up strong as they forced Drew into 18 turnovers. All-Landmark First Teamer Patrick Kamm caused two and added two ground balls while rookie defenseman Charles Kraemer forced three and picked up four of his own.
Junior Matt Michalski, also an All-Conference First Teamer, tied Kraemer with a team-high in ground balls and scored his first goal of the year.
The Cardinals now travel back to Elizabethtown in search of a Landmark Conference Three-Peat. Catholic has won each its two league titles on the road.