SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University field hockey team improved to 2-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference Tuesday night, defeating Christopher Newport University, 4-1, at Sea Gull Stadium, in a rematch of the 2013 CAC tournament championship game.
Salisbury went on the offensive early, getting a chance in the first two minutes of the contest, as senior Summer Washburn ripped a shot just 1:39 into the first half, testing CNU goalkeeper Savanah Cummings.
The Sea Gulls kept the pressure on, taking the first seven shots of the game, before putting home the first score. Sophomore Casie Preisch took a pass from junior Samantha Johnson on the right wing and fired a shot past Cummings and into the left side of the cage for the 1-0 lead.
The first half ended with SU leading in shots, 12-1, while also earning more penalty corners, 9-1.
With six more shots in the first five minutes of the second half, Salisbury looked to increase its lead, but the Captains would strike first in the period on a penalty stroke and even the score 1-1 just over six minutes into the half.
The tie was short lived, as senior Mallory Elliott ripped a pass off a foul from 30 yards to the left side of the cage where freshman Natalie Wilkinson was streaking to the cage; the Morgantown, Pennsylvania native deflected the pass past the keeper, regaining the lead for Salisbury just over two minutes later.
The teams continued to battle, but with a little over 10 minutes left in the final period, the Sea Gulls put away two quick goals to put the contest out of reach.
At the 56:58 mark, sophomore Abbey Shobe took the ball down the left side of the field, fending off a Captain defender to the endline, before she would turn back inside and sneak a shot into the cage.
Just under two minutes later, Johnson inserted on a penalty corner, finding Elliott at the top of the cage; Elliott pushed the ball right before ripping a shot to beat Cummings for the three-goal lead.
Elliott's three points in the contest led the team, as four different Sea Gulls scored in the game; Johnson led SU with two assists.
Salisbury hits the road for its next game, traveling to York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 18 for a CAC clash; the contest is set for 1 p.m.