ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 2-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team kept its perfect Capital Athletic Conference record intact on Saturday afternoon, taking down conference opponent St. Mary's College of Maryland, 4-0.
The Sea Gulls (13-1, 5-0 CAC) struggled in the first half, but were able to get on the board in the ninth minute off a goal by senior midfielder Hannah Miller. The Seahawks (4-11, 2-4 CAC) turned away the remainder of Salisbury's eight first-half shots.
But the maroon and gold, led by Rachel Domanico, came alive in the second half. The freshman forward netted an unassisted goal in the 48th minute to make it a 2-0 contest; six minutes later, she made the most of the Sea Gulls' five second-half penalty corners, inserting a perfect ball to senior back Annah Brittingham for the 3-0 edge.
With just over a minute remaining, the duo struck again. On Salisbury's final penalty corner of the contest, Domanico inserted the ball and Brittingham ripped a shot, but it was deflected. Domanico collected the ball and flipped it past St. Mary's goalkeeper Alyssa Thompson for the fourth and final goal of the game.
With the win, Salisbury has outscored its opponents an impressive 59-10 this season.
Salisbury's final game of the regular season, at CAC opponent Wesley College, is set for Wednesday, October 26 at 5 p.m. The Sea Gulls have now clinched the top seed in the CAC tournament and will receive a first-round bye before hosting the winner of the first-round game between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. The Sea Gulls' first game in the tournament, in the semifinal round, will take place in Sea Gull Stadium on Wednesday, November 2.