Wheatley sets program record; Streaking Gulls remain unbeaten
SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team continued its winning streak in various categories Wednesday, downing Capital Athletic Conference-opponent Wesley College, 20-6, on a long awaited warm afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.
The Sea Gulls (11-0, 3-0 CAC) continue the all-time Division III record for conference victories in the regular season with 74, and including postseason play, they hit the 97-game mark. The women also extend their home-winning streak to 34. Finally, Salisbury still has yet to be beaten in the previous 34 contests, dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season.
Scoring started early, as junior Kylie Hanley put the first one away just over two minutes in. Wesley (4-5, 0-3 CAC) and Salisbury would trade the first four goals with Wolverines' Jorden Lutz scoring her first of three 28 seconds after Hanley's tally to tie the game up at one apiece.
Junior Bethany Baer tallied an unassisted goal less than a minute later giving the Sea Gulls the 2-1 lead before Wesley's Rylee Gould tied it up for the final time in the game with 25:19 remaining in the first half.
Salisbury would answer back with three-consecutive goals in a three-minute span, taking a lead it would not give up. In the three-goal run, junior Shelby Nemecek and sophomores Jessica Crew and Megan Wallenhorst all found the back of the net.
Following a Lutz goal, SU would put the game away, scoring 10 more goals before the end of the first half. Freshman Gabbi Nieves started the run after causing a turnover on a Wesley clear attempt. Catching Wolverines' Brooke Thompson's stick to spark the turnover, Nieves scooped the ball up and sprinted the other way. Taking it down the right side of the fan, the freshman made a quick step around the defense for a one-on-one shot past Wesley goalkeeper Samantha Brannigan for her first collegiate goal. Nieves would record four points for the game off two goals and two assists.
Wesley would start the second half scoring six minutes in on a free-position attempt by Lutz, but Hanley added her fourth and final goal of the game 20 seconds later to extend the lead back to 12.
The Wolverines would score just two more times in the remaining 18 minutes, as Salisbury split the two goals with four of its own. Freshman Hannah Young scored the first of the four with Webster, junior Hayden Hutzell and Crew following, in that order to cap off the scoring for the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury had 11 players record a goal in the contest, as Hanley lead all scorers with four goals and two assists for six points. Webster tallied six points as well off three goals and three helpers.
SU edged Wesley in draw controls, winning 17-of-28, while the Gulls outshot the Wolverines, 36-11, for the game.
The defense, paced by Maxwell, Hutzell and Nieves caused eight turnovers and picked up 18 groundballs. Maxwell forced a game-high three turnovers, while Hutzell and Nieves each scooped a game-high three groundballs.
All four goalkeepers found playing time today, as senior goalkeeper Ashton Wheatley recorded the win while protecting the cage for 17:30. The senior captain has now set the new program record for most wins with 55. The Cambridge, Md., native eclipsed the previous record held by Salisbury alum Ali Goetz, who had 54 wins from 2003-06.
Junior Alyssa Harmke made a team-high three saves in her 22:02 while only giving up one goal. Sophomore Chelsea Weinstein and freshman Sarah Langenohl only let one ball past apiece in the 20:28 combined minutes they played. Langenohl made one save in her time on the field.
The women are back in action on Saturday for senior day, as Salisbury takes on conference-foe Frostburg State University. Senior day recognition will start up at 11:45 a.m., with first draw following at 12 p.m.