EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. – Two wins and twelve goals later, the No. 4 Salisbury University field hockey team captured the 2012 Colonel Classic crown on Saturday afternoon against the State University of New York at Geneseo. The Sea Gulls, again, saw six goals scored with four different goal scores in the 6-0 defeat of the Blue Knights.
Salisbury (2-0) quickly found the back of the cage with the first goal of the game scored by senior Erica Henderson, her first of two in the contest, four minutes in off an assist by junior Emily Voshell. Just 18 seconds later the senior forward slammed her second goal of the season into the backboards. The goal was set up by a beautiful progression from the back field up to the circle; fellow classmate Melissa Slocum assisted on the play.
The maroon and gold continued to dominate offensively scoring twice more before Geneseo State would have an opportunity of their own. Junior Leigh Willing and senior Kristina Fusco, with an assist from freshman Samantha Johnson, gave the Gulls their 4-0 advantage with under 16 minutes to play in the first half.
Geneseo State (1-1) pressured Salisbury defensively in the last four minutes of the half earning two corners. Sophomore keeper Rachel Clewer turned away a shot by Rachel Atkins before the Blue Knights were awarded a second corner opportunity. This time, freshmen Amanda Cooper was on the goal line for the defensive save to keep the Blue Knights off the board, ending the half 4-0.
In the second half, Salisbury scored early on off a penalty corner. Sophomore Summer Washburn drilled a shot from the top of the circle that Fusco tipped past Geneseo goalie, Caitlyn Dowell, for the senior's third goal on the year.
The Blue Knights battled back but the Salisbury defense held strong for their second-consecutive shutout. Clewer made eight saves throughout her 62 minutes of play before freshmen Cassie Kinney made her second appearance in goal with one save.
The Sea Gulls will now set their sights on No. 17 Christopher Newport University. SU hosts the Captains on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m., in their first home appearance of 2012.