Sea Gulls stumble in non-conference play

Sea Gulls stumble in non-conference play
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's lacrosse team traveled to Franklin & Marshall College on Sunday, falling to the Diplomats 8-4.
The Sea Gulls (7-3) wasted no time testing Diplomat keeper Danielle Harrinton early on as Krissy Murphy fired off Salisbury's first shot of the contest but was thwarted keeping the game scoreless in the opening minutes.
The Diplomats (6-1) eventually broke through the Sea Gull back line in the eighth minute as Katie Groenke was able to beat junior keeper Gianna Falcone near side to give the Diplomats the early lead.
The remainder of the half saw Franklin & Marshall tack on a three-goal run to head into the half ahead 4-0 over the Sea Gulls.
At the break, Salisbury outshot the Diplomats 8-7, scooping up four ground balls and were perfect on clears going 5-for-5. Falcone notched two saves in the opening minutes compared to Harrington's five.
After 34 scoreless minutes the Sea Gulls broke through the Franklin & Marshall defense as junior midfielder Allison Hynson converted her free-position attempt to bring Salisbury within three.
Not more than three minutes later sophomore Lindsey Wagner cut the Diplomat lead to two after burning her defender to convert a brilliant solo run into the crease bringing the score to 4-2.
After a Diplomat tally, the Gulls responded with a strike of their own as Murphy's sent a quick strike to the near post with Harrington defending the far side to cut F&M's lead to 5-3 with 17 minues left on the clock.
With just under 15 minutes to play junior forward Ariana Maxwell brought the lead back within two as she beat Harrington top shelf off a free position attempt to bring the score to 6-4.
The remainder of the half saw the Diplomats notch two unanswered tallies bringing the final score to 8-4. 
Salisbury outshot Franklin 19-17 on the day, scooped up nine ground balls and the defense was nearly perfect going 9-for-10 on clears for the day. Falcone notched four saves in the contest compared to Harrington's 10.
Salisbury returns to action Wednesday, March 26, as they return home to take on Capital Athletic Conference opponent Wesley College. The game is set for 7 p.m.

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