EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. – From the first whistle, the No. 4 Salisbury University field hockey team dominated possession of the ball in their opening contest against Wittenberg University at the Colonel Classic, hosted by Wilkes University. Five different Sea Gulls scored in SU's 6-0 win against the Tigers.
At the end of the half, Salisbury had eight different players with one shot or more and three different goal scorers in Fusco, sophomore Karen Cindea, and senior Melissa Slocum.
Seven minutes into the second half, freshmen Jessica Crew increased SU's lead over Wittenberg by two, 5-0, as the rookie sent back-to-back goals, within one minute of each other, past the Tigers keeper, Jessica Jensen.
Wittenberg (0-1) earned its first penalty corner 58 minutes into the match but did not produce a shot.
Salisbury scored once more late in the half, with two minutes to spare, as junior Lindsay Lloyd received a pass from Johnson and ripped a shot past Jensen, who recorded nine saves for the Tigers in 70 minutes of play.
Overall, SU had 14 different players take 22 shots, 15 of which were on goal, while holding the upper hand on corners 16-1.
Sophomore Rachel Clewer earned her first shutout in the cage.
SU will face the State University of New York at Geneseo in the tournament championship on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 2:30 p.m.
Geneseo State defeated host Wilkes University, 6-1, to advance to the championship match.