November 10, 2012

SU falls to Rochester in NCAA second round, 3-2

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University field hockey team played a tremendous offensive game but No. 20 University of Rochester was able to score the deciding goal in the second half, defeating SU, 3-2, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship tournament.

Salisbury (15-3) came out and scored just two minutes into the contest as senior Kristina Fusco put the Sea Gulls ahead early, 1-0. Rochester evened the game shortly after at one apiece as Megan Keil centered a pass to Katie Flaschner for the goal.

The Sea Gulls dominated play until the 18:36 mark, when the Yellow Jackets got possession of the ball earning a penalty corner that sophomore goalie Rachel Clewer made the initial save but Flaschner picked up the rebound and put it in the back of the cage to go up 2-1.

The first half saw more scoring action just four minutes later as sophomore Summer Washburn sent in an initial shot off a penalty corner, collecting her own rebound to put past Rochester goalie Madison Wagner.

At the end of the first 35 minutes of play, Salisbury held an advantage in all statistical categories.

Headed into the final half of play, Salisbury controlled the offensive end but could not get through Wagner, as the Yellow Jacket goalie made 15 saves in the period, 18 overall.

In the second half, SU took 30 shots and earned 13 corners, many of those just inches off cage, two hitting the post.

Rochester would put the game winner in, off one of its three second-half penalty corner chances, as Michelle Relin took a strong shot from the top of the circle in the 49th minute.

Salisbury ended the contest with 46 shots and 21 penalty corners as Rochester took 13 shots and earned five penalty corners.

The game marks the end of the highly successful careers of seniors Erica Henderson, Amber Holland, Melissa Slocum, Katie McMahon and Fusco. Together the team posted a four-year record of 69-10 and collected two Capital Athletic Conference titles as well as the 2009 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.

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