PREVIEW: Field Hockey begins "Road to Repeat" against York

PREVIEW: Field Hockey begins "Road to Repeat" against York

SALISBURY, Md. – The top-seeded and third-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team begins their quest for their second consecutive Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship and their 22nd conference title on Wednesday when they host the fourth-seeded York Spartans at Sea Gull Stadium at 6 p.m.

THE RUNDOWN

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CAC CHAMPIONSHIPS HOMEPAGE

HOW WE GOT THERE

  • Salisbury finished the 2019 season 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the CAC to earn the top seed in the conference playoffs.
  • Since dropping their lone contest of the season at now-No. 1 TCNJ on Sept. 21, the Sea Gulls have rifled off nine consecutive victories, including eight shutouts.

HOW THEY GOT THERE

  • York picked up a 4-2 win over the fifth-seeded Mary Washington Eagles in the CAC opening round on Saturday.
  • The Spartans had four different goal scorers, including Sam Collis, Hannah Huffman, Meaghan Heary and Abby Piotrowski.

LAST TIME WE MET

  • Salisbury and York played last Wednesday at Sea Gull Stadium. Salisbury pulled out a 2-0 shutout victory over York in their annual Corners for Cancer game.
  • Jenna Partilla and Lindsey Elgin each netted a goal for the Sea Gulls.
  • York defense played tough, not allowing good chances at goal for Salisbury. York's keeper Kaitlin Wallace made nine saves in the cage.

THE 2019 SEA GULLS

THE DEFENSE

  • As a team, Salisbury has only allowed nine goals this season with 11 shutouts and a 0.52 goals-against average. The Sea Gulls ranked third in the nation in shutouts and goals-against average.
  • Junior goalkeeper Dom Farrace ranks fourth in Division III in goals-against average.
  • The backline paced by seniors Jillian Hughes, Sarah Jackson and Lindsey Elgin and junior Camryn Dennis has helped Salisbury only allow one goal in the month of October.

THE OFFENSE

  • The top-scoring team in the conference, Salisbury scored 63 goals with 45 assists during the regular season.
  • Senior midfielder Arielle Johnston sits in a two-way tie atop the CAC leaderboard in assists with 10. Johnston also ranks second in the CAC in points (30) and tied for fourth in goals (10).
  • Sophomore forward McKenzie Mitchell is among those tied with Johnston in the CAC goals list with 10.
  • Seniors Rachel Domanico (8) and Meghan Jolikko (7) and Dennis (7) are ranked in the top-10 in the conference in goals.

THE HONOR ROLL

  • Salisbury collected five CAC weekly awards during the season.
  • Mitchell received two CAC Offensive Player of the Week awards, picking up the award on Sept. 9 and Sept. 30.
  • Hughes, Jackson and Dennis each notched CAC defensive laurels during the season. Hughes earned the first conference award of the season on Sept. 3 while Jackson and Dennis were selected for the award on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21, respectively.
  • Jackson was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Defensive Player of the Month for October on Nov. 5.
  • Hughes and Johnston were selected to represent Salisbury as one of the 60 players for the Victory Sports Tour/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Senior Game.

UP NEXT

The winner of Wednesday's semifinal will advance to Saturday's CAC Championship against the winner of the other semifinal matchup between St. Mary's and Christopher Newport. The game time will be determined following Wednesday's game.

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