WASHINGTON, D.C. – The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse defeated No. 10 Catholic University of America Saturday afternoon 18-7 to give Head Coach Jim Nestor his 200th victory at the helm of the Sea Gull program. Senior Lauren Feusahrens led the Salisbury attack with a game-high seven points to give Nestor the milestone victory.
Feusahrens netted five goals and two assists to lead the Sea Gulls. The Solomons, Md., native got the scoring started for Salisbury (2-0) in each half, scoring twice at the beginning of each period.
Catholic (1-1) got on the board first when Nicole Laitner scored the first of her three goals on the afternoon just 1:26 into the contest. Less than two minutes later, Feusahrens answered Laitner's goal to tie the score. After the pair traded goals again, senior Katie Bollhorst gave Salisbury its first lead of the afternoon with 22:03 remaining in the first half. Catholic's Theresa Ciletti tied the score at three apiece before Salisbury scored the final seven goals of the half as part of a 10-0 run to put the Sea Gulls in control of the contest.
As part of the 10-0 run, Feusahrens had three goals, as did sophomore Bethany Baer, who finished with four goals in the contest. Bollhorst added her second and third goals of the game as part of the run, and juniors Shannon Carta and Shelby Nemecek added single tallies for the Sea Gulls. Nemecek's goal was her first of the year, and first since the 2011 season, returning to the lineup this year after missing all of last season with an injury.
Salisbury controlled the statsheet against the Cardinals as Catholic committed twice the amount of turnovers (28-14) and were outshot 32-14 by the Sea Gulls. Salisbury had a 29-18 advantage in ground balls and was a perfect 16-for-16 on clearing attempts. The Cardinals did hold a 14-11 edge in draw controls.
Baer had a great all-around contest, arguably the best of her career. Her four goals sets a new career high, and the Westminster, Md., native tied her career best with five points in the game. The sophomore midfielder also had a game-high five ground balls and four caused turnovers, which were both also new career highs.
Junior goalie Ashton Wheatley played all 60 minutes between the pipes, stopping three Cardinal shots to pick up the win.
Nestor, now in this 12th season at the helm of the women's lacrosse program, improved his record at Salisbury to 200-24 with today's win. Nestor has guided the program to 10 consecutive Capital Athletic Conference championships, seven Divison III national championship game appearances and the 2010 national championship.
The Sea Gulls head to Lexington, Va., a week from today, March 9, to faceoff against Washington and Lee University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The women's lacrosse team returns home to Sea Gull Stadium in just over two weeks, hosting the State University of New York at Brockport on Sunday, March 17. That contest is slated to begin at 1 p.m.