Sea Gulls take out Washington, 4-1, in SU Field Hockey Invitational championship game

SALISBURY, Md. – After a scoreless first half, the No. 4 Salisbury University field hockey team scored four goals to upend Washington College, 4-1, in the 2012 Salisbury University Field Hockey Invitational championship game.

Salisbury (5-0) held an advantage in both shots (12-3) and penalty corners (10-1) in the first half against Washington, but was unable to produce a goal in the first 35 minutes of play. Washington goalkeeper Stephanie Harryman made seven saves in the half to keep the contest scoreless going into halftime.

Washington (2-2) put early pressure on the maroon and gold with a second-half goal, five minutes in, off a penalty corner. Kristen Wille was credited with the Shorewomen's lone goal.

SU quickly retaliated with a penalty corner goal of their own from senior Melissa Slocum. Slocum finished a rebound in front of the cage to knock in her second goal of the year.

The 1-1 tie would not last long as Salisbury picked up its play, forcing a stroke that senior Kristina Fusco would convert for the game-winner. The Sea Gulls would widen the margin by two, in the next three minutes, as senior Erica Henderson finished a centering pass from junior Emily Voshell, for Salisbury's third goal in seven minutes.

The Shorewomen would get two shots off in the final 35 minutes as sophomore keeper Rachel Clewer made one save per period.

Slocum would cap off Salisbury's scoring, 4-1, finishing another ball left out in front of the Washington keeper.

Salisbury has put 30 goals on the scoreboard and has held their opponents to three goals so far this year, along with leading in shots, 145- 25.

The Sea Gulls resume play on Saturday, Sept. 15, as they take on No. 5 Messiah College at Anderson Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m.  

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