SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team advanced to tomorrow's NCAA tournament quarterfinal with a 17-5 win over No. 15 Christopher Newport University, Saturday morning at Sea Gull Stadium.
Senior Lauren Feusahrens netted five goals in the contest to lead the Salisbury (20-0) attack. Her fourth goal of the contest moved her into fourth place on the all-time goals scored list in program history, passing current assistant coach Allie Wheatley on the all-time list.
Feusahrens put the Sea Gulls on the board just 1:34 into the contest, taking a pass from classmate Katie Bollhorst, circling behind the cage, dodging a defender and then rifling a shot over Christopher Newport (18-3) goalie Hanna Slough's right shoulder.
The Sea Gulls pushed to lead to 2-0 just short of two minutes later when sophomore Bethany Baer took a pass from Bollhorst, who was pacing behind the net and found a cutting Baer, who put home a point blank shot.
Bollhorst imposed her will on the Captain defense, both passing from behind the cage, or in the case of the Salisbury third goal, coming out from behind the net to post up a Christopher Newport defender before bouncing a shot past Slough.
Feusahrens took a feed from Bollhorst 34 seconds later to take the Salisbury lead to 4-0. A minute and 15 seconds later, sophomore Kate Haker put on an offensive clinic, as she moved up the right side, spun past an over pursuing Captain defender to an open lane to the net and put a bounce shot home.
Salisbury controlled the action from beginning to end, dominating the scoreboard and statsheet. The Sea Gulls outshot Christopher Newport 25-6 in the first half and 33-11 overall. Salisbury had a 13-11 advantage in draw controls, collected seven more ground balls and committed eight fewer turnovers in the contest. The Sea Gulls were able to get a running start on offense, holding the Captains to 3-of-10 on clearing attempts in the first half. With those advantages, Salisbury was up 12-3 at the half.
Senior Maggie Roundy netted the first goal of the second half, one-of-four goals for the Ijamsville, Md., native.
Junior Ashton Wheatley stopped four Captain shots to pick up the win in the cage for Salisbury.
Senior Kara Koolage and Haker added two goals for the Sea Gulls.
Baer collected six ground balls to lead all players and sophomore Laura Maskell caused a game-high three turnovers.
Junior Ashton Marshall led the Captains with four points, on two goals and two assists. Her second goal gave her 76 for the season, tying the all-time single-season mark in Christopher Newport program history.
Salisbury advances to tomorrow's NCAA Quarterfinal and will face an opponent they have already seen this season, as they will play the winner of today's second round contest between York (Pa.) College and Franklin & Marshall College. That game is slated to begin at 1 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.