Salisbury flies past Blue Jays, 5-1, with strong team play

BALTIMORE – The No. 1 Salisbury University field hockey team continued its four-game road trip with a 5-1 victory over Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday evening at Homewood Field.

For the sixth time this season, Salisbury scored on its opponent first to open up play against Johns Hopkins, 1-0, 11 minutes into the first frame. SU took the lead off the stick of senior forward Erica Henderson. Henderson's initial shot on goal was saved by Johns Hopkins keeper Eliza Peijnenburg but junior midfielder Emily Voshell was there for the rebound, dishing the ball back down to Henderson for the score.

Aggressive play followed SU's early lead as three cards were handed out to Salisbury players in the next 10 minutes of play, two of which were five-minute penalty yellow cards.

Senior midfielder Kristina Fusco was given a yellow card at the 19:18 minute mark, but the Sea Gulls offense was not stalled, scoring at the 20:43 mark with a woman off the field. Henderson recorded the second goal of the match with an overpowering drive from the lower left pocket of the circle. In fact, the maroon and gold played down two field players for a full 1:40, as a second yellow card was issued, but SU was still able to hold a 4-2 advantage in shots over the Blue Jays.

The Sea Gulls (9-0) dominated the first half in shots, 17-6, while the Blue Jays held the upper hand in penalty corners, 6-4.

Johns Hopkins (4-4) came out in the second half hoping to sway the momentum its way but Salisbury's defense, consisting of senior Amber Holland, junior Katie Hastings, freshman Amanda Cooper and sophomore goalie Rachel Clewer, kept the Blue Jays off the board, preventing six corner opportunities from being converted and turning away two shots. Holland picked up her third defensive save of the season during Johns Hopkins' 15 minute offensive surge.

Strong play from SU's defense soon impacted the offense as Salisbury went on to score three goals in the final 19 minutes of play.

Sophomore midfielder Summer Washburn scored Salisbury's third goal off a penalty corner while freshman forward Samantha Johnson picked up her fourth goal of the season, collecting a rebound off a Blue Jay defensive save for SU's fourth goal of the contest. Washburn put in SU's final tally with another penalty corner goal.

The Blue Jays would get on the board with a goal from Alexa Lantiere with four minutes left in the match to end the contest, 5-1.

Salisbury ended the game with a 24-12 grasp on shots while Johns Hopkins held the edge in penalty corners, 18-10.

Clewer picked up her ninth win in the cage with six saves.

The Sea Gulls will now head to York (Pa.) College on Saturday, Sept. 29, for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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