NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The No. 3 Salisbury University field hockey team traveled to take on No. 17 Christopher Newport University on Saturday afternoon for each team's Capital Athletic Conference opener, with the Captains coming up with a 1-0 victory.
The Captains (9-1, 1-0 CAC) put the pressure on early getting a pair of penalty corners and two shots off in the opening six minutes of the contest, forcing goalkeeper Tressie Windsor to stop the first shot of the game.
Salisbury (6-2, 0-1 CAC) countered a few minutes later, getting shots from Rebecca Lloyd, Emily Lemanski, and Emma Vicchio, but two of the shots were blocked, while Lemanski's effort got past CNU keeper Stephanie McKinney, but Brittan Muir was there for the defensive save to keep the game scoreless.
Christopher Newport, however, was able to get the game's only goal just 15 minutes into the game off one of their six penalty corners in the contest. Courtnie Greene scored her third goal of the year when she took a penalty corner insert from Jackie Kotoriy and floated it over the defense for the 1-0 lead.
Minutes after the Captain goal was scored, Salisbury put the pressure on McKinney with three shots in a 53-second span, but the Christopher Newport keeper turned away all three tries, maintaining her team's 1-0 lead at the break.
The Sea Gulls got the early tries in the second half, with a shot from Rachel Domanico on target and a shot from Arielle Johnston that went wide in the first three minutes of play, but could not find the back of the cage.
Salisbury took eight shots in the second half, putting four on goal, including Lloyd's try with just under three minutes to play, but McKinney was able to make seven saves in the game to secure the shutout. Windsor turned away five shots in the contest.
The Sea Gulls are back in action on Wednesday, October 4 as they travel to the Catholic University of America for their final non-conference game of the regular season. That match will begin at 6 p.m.