Haker, Gulls maintain unblemished league record with 17-2 win over Bobcats

Haker, Gulls maintain unblemished league record with 17-2 win over Bobcats

FROSTBURG, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team scored early and often to roll to a 17-2 victory over Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University Saturday night.

The Sea Gulls (9-2, 5-0 CAC) strapped in early on the backline, seeing the Bobcats turn the ball over three times. The defensive momentum carried over to the offensive third, as junior Megan Wallenhorst got Salisbury on the board first with an unassisted finish at the 24:50 mark of the first half.

Frostburg (8-5, 2-3 CAC) saw an opportunity to draw the score even under a minute later off a shot by Megan Hart right in front of the crease, but the one-on-one opportunity was turned away by freshman Gianna Falcone for her first save of the day.

The save by Falcone was transitioned into another scoring opportunity for the Gulls a minute later with junior Katelin Talbert finding the back of the net off a free-position finish. Salisbury kept the trend rolling, scoring five more goals before the Bobcats got on the scoreboard. Senior Kate Haker scored twice and helped on two in the run, as the Westminster, Maryland native recorded six points through the first 30 minutes of play. Senior Kara O'Rourke, sophomore Hannah Young and freshman Emma Wall all had goals in the run.

With Frostburg getting on the board at the 10:28 mark, the Sea Gulls answered with three more to take a 10-1 advantage into the break. Wallenhorst hit the first, while Haker tacked on the final two, including a finish with just 30 seconds remaining.

It wouldn't take much longer than 30 seconds for the Gulls to get the scoring back underway in the second half, seeing Young get an unassisted finish off the restart. The score would keep the run alive, as SU tacked on three more before the 20:51 mark when the Bobcats found the back of the net again. Young and Talbert notched goals in that stretch, while freshman Dana King scored her first of the game.

Freshman Alissa Talbert started the scoring back up following the Frostburg goal, hitting back-to-back finishes within a minute of each other. Freshman Sammi Quilter recorded the helper on the first finish.

Sophomore Ariana Maxwell capped off the scoring for the game with six seconds remaining, finding the back of the net on a man-up attempt, catching a pass from freshman Kristen Murphy.

Haker led all scorers for the game, setting a new milestone with seven points off four goals and three assists. Young added a hat trick, while O'Rourke finished with a game-high four assists.

Falcone earned the win in the cage, turning away two shots through her 30 minutes of play. Senior Alyssa Harmke started the second half, making three saves, while junior Chelsea Weinstein tended for the final 15:21 not seeing any shots on target.

The women travel back to Sea Gull Stadium for a three-game home stretch next week. Salisbury will take on league foe Christopher Newport University on Tuesday, April 7 in the first matchup. Opening draw is set for 5 p.m.

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