Quilter, King guide No. 6 Gulls past Wolverines in CAC play

Quilter, King guide No. 6 Gulls past Wolverines in CAC play

DOVER, Del. – The No. 6 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team moved its winning streak to seven games Wednesday night, traveling up Route 13 to Wesley College for a 19-2 victory over the Capital Athletic Conference opponent. 

Paced by career days by freshmen Sammi Quilter and Dana King, the Gulls had 11 players record points. Quilter finished the game setting career marks in goals (4), assists (4) and points (8), while King sent out a career-high four assists and three finishes for seven points. Freshmen Alissa Talbert also recorded the first hat trick of her career, while adding an assist for a four-point day. 

Winning the opening draw control by sophomore Kacy Koolage, the Sea Gulls only needed 43 seconds to put the first one in the back of the net. Koolage, with the ball, found senior Kate Haker for the finish and the 1-0 advantage. 

Following a forced turnover and ground ball by sophomore Kieran Kelleher on the Wolverines' first offensive possession, Salisbury capitalized again. Haker, this time on the helping side, found sophomore Gabbi Nieves for the goal. 

Freshman goalkeeper Gianna Falcone saw her first action almost five minutes into the game, turning away a shot attempt by Wesley's Jessica Giaccone. The save by Falcone transitioned into another finish for the Gulls seeing Haker and Nieves connect again at the 24:21 mark. 

Senior Kara O'Rourke, who leads the Gulls in assists currently this season, tacked on another, finding sophomore Ariana Maxwell for the goal. Through the next minute and a half, Salisbury followed with three more finishes, two from Quilter and the other from Talbert to extend the lead to 7-0 with 18:30 remaining in the first half. King assisted on two of the goals.

Three more finishes by Maxwell and freshmen Allie Hynson and Kristen Murphy earned the Sea Gulls the running clock by the five-minute mark of the first half. King and Quilter connected for one more goal to give Salisbury an 11-0 lead at the break. 

Through the first 30 minutes, the Gulls won 9-of-12 draw controls. The defense only allowed four shots on target, all of which were turned away by Falcone. The freshman tended the net for 20:35 of the first half, seeing sophomore Sarah Langenohl take over for the remainder of the period. 

Quilter and King opened up the second half the way they closed the first half, except this time King registered the goal. 

With the 12-0 deficit, the Wolverines would finally connect with 25:19 remaining in the game, hitting back-to-back finishes before senior Hayden Hutzell found the back of the net for the first time this season on a free-position shot. The defender added another goal, after Quilter tacked on her fourth finish of the game. 

Talbert capped off her hat trick for the day with the next two goals, before King finished off the scoring for Salisbury with the final two finishes for the 19-2 victory. 

Hynson put together a strong defensive day, causing four turnovers and scooping up five ground balls, both career highs for the freshman. For the game, the Gulls back line caused 12 turnovers, while picking up 19 loose balls. Salisbury won 18-of-23 draw controls. 

Falcone earned the victory in the net, moving her record to 8-0 for the season. Senior Alyssa Harmke and junior Chelsea Weinstein split time in the net through the second half of play. 

The women will now travel to western Maryland for a conference tilt against Frostburg State University on Saturday, April 4, for their next contest. First draw is set for 7 p.m.

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