Field hockey tops Mary Washington for CAC title
The second-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team rolled to a record-breaking 8-0 win in the Capital Athletic Conference championship match on Saturday night at Sea Gull Stadium, punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament. It didn’t take long for the Gulls to get the scoring started, with senior Becca Rinaca redirecting this early centering pass from Hannah Miller less than four minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later sophomore Kristen Yingling started her strong day on the stat sheet, gathering a rebound and firing home a goal that made it 2-0. Yingling set up Rinaca for the 3-0 lead and the edge grew to four goals when Yingling put home her second of the day when she chipped this try toward the goal for the comfortable advantage heading to halftime. Just four minutes into the second half, the Sea Gulls thwarted any thought of a Mary Washington comeback, scoring three times in less than three minutes with junior Natalie Wilkinson scoring twice before senior Abbey Shobe made it 7-0. Rinaca finished off her hat trick in the 52nd minute, which gave Salisbury eight goals – the most ever scored by a team in a Capital Athletic Conference championship match. The Eagles had scoring chances in the contest, earning more penalty corners in the contest, and attempting 13 shots but junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor made seven saves to secure the team’s 10th shutout, as Salisbury has not allowed a goal in more than 440 minutes. The Sea Gulls now await the announcement of the NCAA tournament field late on Sunday, November 6 to find out their path toward Geneva, New York and championship weekend.