O'Rourke, Wallenhorst post career days; Gulls cruise past Eagles

O'Rourke, Wallenhorst post career days; Gulls cruise past Eagles

SALISBURY, Md. – A career day for senior Kara O'Rourke and junior Megan Wallenhorst on the offensive side of the ball guided the No. 10 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team past the University of Mary Washington, 16-3, on Saturday afternoon to remain untouched in Capital Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 record.

Wallenhorst, who two games ago set a new career high in goals and points against then-No. 2 State University of New York at Cortland with four and six respectively, shattered that mark on Saturday. Scoring six goals and adding a helper, the junior finished with a game-high seven points for the day. O'Rourke set new marks in two categories as well, in assists and points. Against Catholic University of America earlier this season, the senior registered four assists to set a new milestone. Saturday afternoon, O'Rourke posted a game-high six helpers for six points for the day.

The scoring started early in the game, seeing the Sea Gulls (7-2, 3-0 CAC) jump out to a 5-0 advantage through the first nine minutes of play. Sophomore Hannah Young kick started the offense with the first two goals off back-side passes from O'Rourke and senior Kate Haker, before Wallenhorst went on a three-goal tear to record her third-straight game with at least three finishes.

The Eagles (6-4, 2-1 CAC) would get on the board after nine minutes of a strong defensive effort by the Sea Gull backline, including two saves by freshman Gianna Falcone and caused turnovers by senior Hayden Hutzell and sophomore Gabbi Nieves.

Following the Mary Washington finish, Salisbury would finish the first half the same way it started it, with five-unanswered goals. Two of the finishes were by Wallenhorst, while Young, junior Samantha Duranti and freshman Allie Hynson added the other three.

Taking a 10-1 lead into the break, the backline for Salisbury put together a great effort with eight turnovers by the Eagles and scooping 10 ground balls. Mary Washington didn't register a ground ball through the first 30 minutes, while Salisbury only turned the ball over three times.

Picking up where they left off at the end of the first half, the Sea Gulls found the back of the net just 49 seconds into the restart, as Wallenhorst notched her sixth and final goal of the game. Hynson followed in suit several minutes later before the Eagles scored their last two goals for the day.

Through the closing 10 minutes of regulation, Salisbury cashed in on four-more finishes. Young connected on a free-position shot for her fourth score of the game, followed by a connection between O'Rourke and freshman Kristen Murphy for her second goal of her collegiate career. Nieves and freshman Dana King capped off the scoring for the Gulls with two unassisted finishes.

Protecting the ball very well through the full 60 minutes, Salisbury only turned the ball over six times, while almost going perfect on clears with 14-of-16 successful attempts.

Falcone recorded her sixth victory for the season in the net, making two saves through 52:50 of play. Junior Chelsea Weinstein finished out the final 7:10, turning away the only shot allowed by the backline.

With the victory, the Sea Gulls extend their home winning streak to 46 games. They also extend the Division III all-time record of consecutive conference regular-season victories with 81, while the Gulls stretch the tally to 106 games including postseason play.

The women head up Route 13 for their next game, as the Gulls take on Wesley College in a conference tilt on Wednesday, April 1. First draw is set for 4 p.m.

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