ARLINGTON, Va. – The seventh-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team continued their winning ways Wednesday afternoon as they defeated Capital Athletic Conference foe Marymount University (Va.) by the final score of 16-6.
The Saints got on the offensive right out of the gate testing junior goalkeeper Gianna Falcone in the opening minute as she smothered Marymount's first shot from Bridget Odom to keep the score level. Falcone earned her second save of the contest a minute later after denying Kellen Cannon a good look on frame and the go ahead goal.
Salisbury broke the deadlock in the third minute when sophomore Lindsey Wagner beat Saints goalie Holly Reik for her first of four goals on the afternoon.
The rest of the half following Wagner's goal was a Salisbury offensive display as Kristen Murphy, Alissa Talbert, Gabbi Nieves, Gabrielle Mongno, Dana King and Elaine Draper all tallied goals during the half to send the Sea Gulls into the break up 10-2. Draper's first half strike marks the freshmen's first career goal for the maroon and gold.
At the break, Salisbury entered the locker room outshooting the Saints 15-10, with Falcone recording six saves to Reik's two. The Gulls defensive unit displayed a strong showing in the first half collecting five ground balls and allowing only eight shots on goal.
The second half began just like the first when Murphy beat her defender to connect with a cutting Wagner for her third goal of the afternoon and extending Salisbury's lead to nine, 11-2.
Wagner and Murphy's offensive prowess led the Sea Gull offense in the victory over the Saints as the duo combined for 10-points on the day. Wagner recorded four goals and an assist while Murphy tallied a goal and four assists.
With time winding down in the second half, freshman Lucy Sullivan opened her 2017 account when she buried an unassisted strike past Meagan Gagnon for her first ever career goal for Salisbury, and extending the Gulls lead to 15-5.
The Sea Gulls defensive unit of Kayla Miller, Kacy Koolage, Kieran Kelleher and Margaret Lenz held a stout back line allowing only 13 shots on goal and combined for five groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Falcone got the start in the net for Salisbury and played 41 minutes before being relieved by freshman Skye Graham. In her time between the pipes, Falcone was credited with the win and denied six shots in the contest, while Graham collected two saves in the win.
The Sea Gulls are back in action this Saturday, March 4, as they are on the road against No. 12 Washington & Lee University. That game is set to begin at noon.