Sea Gulls struggle on the road against Spartans

Sea Gulls struggle on the road against Spartans

SALISBURY, Md. - The No. 13 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team traveled midweek to take on No. 7 the York College of Pennsylvania in Capital Athletic Conference action Wednesday afternoon, falling to the Spartans 10-6.

The Gulls (11-4, 7-1 CAC) got off to a slow start in the first half falling behind to the Spartans (12-2, 7-0 CAC) early, as the hosts tallied four unanswered goals in the contests opening six minutes.

A minute later junior attacker Krissy Murphy finally broke through the York (Pa.) line after burying an unassisted attempt cutting the lead to three with 23 minutes left in the half.

Not more than a minute later the Spartans responded by notching their second three goal run of the half, increasing the hosts lead to six, 7-1, a third of the way through the half.

The following 10 minutes saw both sides hunker down into a physical back and forth showing with both sides looking to take control of the game before heading into the half. 

With time winding down in the first, Salisbury sprang back to life as senior midfielder Gabbi Nieves notched a pair of goals, alongside a solo tally from fellow midfielder Allison Hynson, cutting York's lead to three at 7-4, just before the halftime horn.

At halftime, Salisbury was outshot 13-7, with junior keeper Gianna Falcone earning five saves in the games opening 30 minutes, compared to Charlotte Wrights two. The Gulls defensive line scooped up four ground balls and were near perfection going 3-for-4 in the opening 30 minutes.

After the break, the second half had a similar start as the first with the hosts notching two unanswered tallies in the opening ten minutes, giving the Spartans a five goal cushion with two thirds of the half left to play.

Sophmore attacker Lindsey Wagner collected her second assist of the day after finding a cutting Emma Wall for her fourth goal of the campaign, narrowing the Spartan lead to 9-5, with 16 minutes left on the clock.

Sensing another Sea Gull offensive barrage, York (Pa.) settled in defensively for the games following 8 minutes, but it wouldn't be enough as junior Dana King threaded a pass to a streaking Ariana Maxwell for Salisburys sixth tally of the contest.

Despite Salisburys late offensive rally, the Spartans defense was able to lock down the Gulls offense and tally a late minute insurance goal, leaving the final scoreline at 10-6 in favor of the hosts.

At the end of regulation, Salisbury was outshot 21-10, with Falcone earning six saves in the contest for her efforts compared to Wrights three.

The Gulls return home this Saturday, April 15, as they host The College of New Jersey in non-conference action. That game is set to begin at 2 p.m.

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