Seven-goal run pushes No.1 Gulls past No.10 Spartans
YORK, Pa. – A top-10 clash and Capital Athletic Conference matchup between the No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team and No. 10 York College of Pennsylvania favored the Sea Gulls Saturday afternoon from Kinsley field, as SU rallied for seven-consecutive goals to defeat the Spartans, 10-3.
The Gulls (5-0, 1-0 CAC) fell behind early, allowing two goals by York (4-2, 0-1 CAC) in the opening seven minutes of the game. The momentum for the Spartans was halted six minutes later, as junior attacker Kate Haker found the back of the net and started a seven-goal run for Salisbury. With 17:35 remaining in the first half, Haker curled around the right side of the crease, and with a head fake, cut in front of the goal for a high shot.
Junior attacker Shelby Nemecek chipped in her team-leading 13th goal of the season just two minutes later on a free-position shot.
Junior midfielder Bethany Baer added her first of a game-high three goals with 11:31 left in the first half, off a pass from sophomore attacker Megan Wallenhorst, to give the Sea Gulls the lead, 3-2. After another Haker goal, Baer would bring the first half to a close, adding a free-position goal with 3:16 remaining.
For the first half, Salisbury went 6-for-8 on draw controls and 5-for-5 on clear attempts.
Baer opened the second half the way she closed the first, with a goal, moving the score to 6-2. Wallenhorst added the final touch on the seven-goal run with 26:34 remaining in the game, before the Spartans would record their last goal of the game.
Senior attacker Shannon Carta answered York's score with back-to-back goals, while senior attacker Katelyn Blondino capped off the game with Salisbury's final goal with 7:42 remaining, off a pass from Wallenhorst.
Wallenhorst concluded the day with one goal and two assists, the only two assists recorded for teams.
For the game, Salisbury took 21 shots, 16 on goal, while going 3-for-3 on free-position shots. The Sea Gulls held the advantage in draw controls, 9-6, and went 13-for-14 on clear attempts.
Senior goalkeeper Ashton Wheatley recorded the victory, her fifth of the season, giving her 50 victories for her career, four shy of the program record. The Cambridge, Md., native tallied 11 saves in the game, one short of a career high. Wheatley, who only giving up three goals through 60 minutes of play, now holds a 5.72 goals-against average for the season.
The women travel to Clermont, Fla., on Tuesday for their next game, as the Sea Gulls meet up with No. 2 Trinity (Conn.) College for a rematch of the last two national championship games. Trinity is 4-1 for the season, being upset by Bates College, 6-3, Saturday afternoon. The game is set to begin at 9 a.m., from the National Training Center.