October 26, 2012

Sea Gulls close out regular season with 2-0 shutout over No. 18 Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – In Salisbury's last regular-season contest, the No. 2 Salisbury University field hockey team blanked No. 18 Elizabeth College, 2-0, as senior Erica Henderson put away both of SU's goals.

Just 30 seconds into the contest, Salisbury (15-1) had its first shot on goal that led to a scoring opportunity for the Sea Gulls by way of a penalty corner. Junior Mallory Elliott's initial shot got past the Blue Jays' keeper, but Samantha Earle was on the goal line for the defensive save. Henderson knocked in Earle's rebound for a 1-0 advantage.

Elizabethtown (13-5) would get its first shot on goal 20 minutes into the half. Lisa Foose's shot was turned away by sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Clewer, her first of three saves.

Salisbury led in both penalty corners (4-1) and shots (7-2) throughout the first 35 minutes of play. Henderson led the charge with three shots.

The maroon and gold looked to put an insurance tally on the board early in the final half, off sophomore Summer Washburn's shot, but Earle's second defensive save kept the game close at 1-0.

Elizabethtown knocked at the door with 20 minutes to go in the match, earning two consecutive penalty corners, but the stout SU defense rallied together as Clewer rejected a Taylor Alwine shot.

The Sea Gulls would put in an insurance goal as Washburn sent a strong pass towards the cage, allowing Henderson the chance to deflect the ball past keeper Lindy Hamp, for the game's second goal.

Salisbury ends its regular season with five shutouts, while allowing just 16 goals. The team is second in the nation in goals per game (4.86) and points per game (12.79). The Gulls have scored 75 times this season.

SU will next host a Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal contest on Wednesday, Oct. 31, against the winner of Frostburg State University and Wesley College. The Bobcats and Wolverines square off on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Check back at www.suseagulls.com for game time and opponent as they become available.

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