Balanced attack leads SU to 21-4 win over St. Mary's

Balanced attack leads SU to 21-4 win over St. Mary's

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team defeated St. Mary's College of Maryland, 21-4, to tie the all-time Division III record for consecutive regular season conference wins Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.

Salisbury (11-0, 3-0 CAC) was fast and furious with its attack, scoring just 60 seconds into the contest when junior Shelby Nemecek took a pass from senior Katie Bollhorst to give the Sea Gulls an early lead. St. Mary's (5-8, 1-2 CAC) was unable to contain the Sea Gull attack early in the contest.

With 25:45 remaining in the first half after a Seahawk foul, junior Shannon Carta was awarded a free-position shot on the fan and put home the shot for a 2-0 Salisbury lead. Just 20 seconds later, sophomore Bethany Baer would add to the Sea Gull lead, taking a pass from Bollhorst and finding the back of the net.

In all, the Sea Gulls would score the first eight goals of the contest, to take a comfortable lead through the first 13 minutes of the game.

Salisbury dominated the statsheet as well, outshooting St. Mary's 41-10 in the game. Salisbury forced 22 Seahawk turnovers, with goalie Ashton Wheatley coming out of the crease to force a game-high four turnovers. The Cambridge, Md., native played the first three quarters of the game, allowing three goals while stopping four Seahawk shots to pick up the victory in the cage. Freshman Allison Toomey, making just her third start of the season, led all field players with three caused turnovers.

The Sea Gulls held a 20-7 advantage in draw controls, with sophomore Hayden Hutzell picking up a game and career-high five draw controls for the Sea Gulls. Salisbury held a 17-8 edge in ground balls as well.

Late in the game, Head Coach Jim Nestor was able to work in underclassmen, giving him a glimpse of his current bench and future Sea Gull teams. Freshman Melissa Webster took advantage of the playing time, netting a career-best three goals. Also with a hat trick was sophomore Kate Haker, setting a new career-high for goals as well.

Juniors Halie Lear and Nemecek, and sophomores Kara O'Rourke and Baer each netted a pair of goals in the contest.

Salisbury looks to break the College of Notre Dame of Maryland's record for consecutive conference wins this coming Wednesday, April 9, as they head north on Route 13 to take on conference foe Wesley College. That contest is slated to begin at 4 p.m.  

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