GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. – The No. 7 Salisbury University field hockey team registered its fifth shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Gwynedd Mercy University by a score of 2-0.
Salisbury (7-2) was slow to start, not registering a single shot in the first half, while Gwynedd Mercy (4-4) fired off five shots in the same span of time. Despite the Griffins' efforts, the game remained scoreless at the half.
Junior Tara Daddio would end the drought in the 45th minute of the game, taking a feed from senior Emily Lemanski on one of the Sea Gulls' nine penalty corner opportunities, and burying the shot for a 1-0 edge. Sophomore Jenna Partilla added an insurance goal in the 58th minute off another penalty corner and an assist from Daddio.
A much-improved second half led to a balanced stat line between the Sea Gulls and Griffins, with both teams taking seven shots in the game, and Salisbury holding a narrow 9-7 edge in penalty corners.
The Sea Gulls now return home to face the Catholic University of America in a Wednesday night showdown under the lights at Sea Gull Stadium. The game will begin at 6 p.m.