Second half offensive outburst gives field hockey 4-0 win at Misericordia

Second half offensive outburst gives field hockey 4-0 win at Misericordia

DALLAS, Pa. – The No. 5 Salisbury University field hockey team closed out its first weekend of play with a 4-0 win against Misericordia University in day two action of the Misericordia Invitational.

Senior Emily Lemanski and junior Arielle Johnston each scored twice to lead the Sea Gulls to the victory, though the offensive output on the scoreboard did not materialize until the second half.

The teams went into the intermission in a scoreless tie, with 13 combined first half shots, but nothing on the scoreboard to show for it. One of the top scoring chances came in the 15th minute when the Cougars (0-2) were awarded a penalty corner. After the insert, a pass to the left wing found an open Kyleigh Knell who fired a shot, but it was blocked just prior to getting to Salisbury keeper Domanique Farrace.

Early in the second half, Salisbury (2-0) earned a penalty corner, and took advantage of the opportunity. Lemanski inserted to Johnston at the top of the circle. Her attempt was saved by Misericordia goalkeeper Katelyn Campbell, and the rebound shot by Jenna Partilla was saved as well, but Lemanski picked up the rebound near her insertion point, and the third time proved to be the charm for the game's first goal just 76 seconds into the second half.

Salisbury capitalized on two other penalty corners in the second half with Johnston tallying both of her goals on rips from the top of the circle off inserts from Rebecca Lloyd.

Lemanski put home the game's final goal, following a scrum in front of the net, with Jenna Johnson getting credit for the assist - her first point in maroon and gold.

The Salisbury defense, paced by Jillian Hughes, Sarah Jackson, and Lindsey Elgin, limited the chances for the Cougars, as Farrace only saw three Misericordia offerings, none of which reached the goal, recording the shutout victory.

The Sea Gulls continue a stretch of five games on the road to open the season this Wednesday when they travel to Stevenson University. That match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

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