SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 13 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team hosted Capital Athletic Conference rival St. Mary's College of Maryland Saturday afternoon, defeating the Seahawks 13-5.
After a slow start and an opening St. Mary's tally, the Sea Gulls offense responded in the 13th minute as junior attacker Ariana Maxwell collected a laser pass from Krissy Murphy to bring the Gulls level just before the midway point of the first half.
In maroon and gold fashion, Salisbury tacked on the go ahead goal two minutes later as sophomore attacker Gabrielle Mongno earned her first of four goals on the day following a threaded pass from Dana King for her 11th goal of the season, giving the Gulls their first lead of the contest.
Salisbury's offense tacked on another insurance goal extending the lead to 3-1 before Lacey Brown responded for St. Mary's with a marker of their own, cutting the lead to one with just over 10 minutes left in the first.
The remainder of the half saw a physical back and forth battle as both sides vied for control, with the score line favoring the Sea Gulls as they headed into the half leading the Seahawks 5-3.
At the half Salisbury held the edge over the Seahawks, outshooting St. Mary's 13-11 and earning six of nine draw controls. The Sea Gulls defensive unit of Marcy Lenz, Kacy Koolage, Kayla Miller and Kieran Kelleher scooped up 14 of 19 ground balls, caused nine turnovers, and continued their defensive prowess going 9-for-9 on clears, extending their perfect streak to 150 minutes. Junior goalkeeper Gianna Falcone and Seahawk Emma Brown both recorded four first half saves for their efforts.
Mongo continued her offensive success on the day in the sixth minute as her second goal of the day sparked a five goal flurry for the Sea Gulls, extending their lead to 10-5 over the Seahawks in a five minute span.
With just over ten minutes left in regulation St. Mary's responded with another Brown talley to cut the Gulls lead to five before Hannah Young, King, and Mongo responded with strikes of their own to leave the games final score line at 13-5 in favor of the Gulls.
Salisbury's upper class helped lead the way over St. Mary's in the contest as four different Gulls collected three or more points on the afternoon. Both King and Murphy ended the day recording five points a-piece, while Young and Gabbi Nieves recorded three points for their efforts in the victory.
At the end of regulation the Gulls outshot the Seahawks 17-8 in the half and 30-19 overall for the day. Falcone earned five saves in the victory for the Sea Gulls and improves her record to 6-3 on the season. Freshman keeper Skye Graham also saw solid second half minutes to assist Salisbury in the victory.
Salisbury's defense continued their first half control into the second as they scooped up 29 ground balls in total, including 15 in the second half. The defense also was credited with 16 turnovers, 13 draw controls and were near perfection in clears going 8-for-9, bringing their 165 minute streak to an end.
The Gulls return to action this coming Wednesday, April 5, as they travel to Newport News, Va. to take on CAC rival Christopher Newport University. The game is set for 6 p.m.