SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 11 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team squared off against first-ranked The College of New Jersey, falling 6-3 in a hard-fought contest Saturday afternoon.
Junior keeper Gianna Falcone set the tone early for Salisbury (11-5) as she halted the top-ranked Lion offense, racking up five of her eight saves on the day in the game's opening 22 minutes.
Despite the Sea Gulls' strong defensive effort it wasn't enough as the Lions broke through the back line with eight minutes left in the half off an Allie Gorman tally, giving TCNJ (9-1) their first lead of the contest.
Senior midfielder Gabbi Nieves continued her offensive prowess for Salisbury as she opened up the score line for the maroon and gold in the 28th minute, slotting home a laser pass from sophomore Lindsey Wagner, cutting the Lions' lead to one just before halftime.
At the half, the team's had combined for just 12 shots total with TCNJ holding a 7-5 edge, with the visitors holding the groundball edge from a lone pickup at 11-10. Falcone kept the Gulls afloat with five first half saves for her efforts compared to Miranda Chrone's one.
At the beginning of the second half, Wagner found herself on the receiving end of a Krissy Murphy assist, calmly converting her shot to level the score at two goals a piece with plenty of time left in the game.
Following a pair of unanswered TCNJ tallies, sophomore Courtney Fegan buried her only goal of the day off a streaking run into the box with just under 14 minutes left in the half to bring the Gulls within one at 4-3.
Despite Salisbury's best offensive efforts, the top seeded lions were able to contain the Salisbury attack to a handful of shots and were able to notch two additional insurance tallies in the game's final 10 minutes, bringing the final score line to 6-3.
At the end of regulation a crucial factor in the game was the foul count with Salisbury being whistled 45 times to the visitors' 17. Salisbury ended the game with only four shots on goal all game but held the TCNJ keeper to a single save.
Salisbury is back in action on Saturday, April 22 when it will host a Capital Athletic Conference seminal contest. The opponent and time of that contest are to be determined.