SALISBURY, Md. – The third-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team began Capital Athletic Conference play against No. 5 York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Spartans 8-5 to give Jim Nestor his 300th win as Salisbury head coach.
Salisbury (8-0, 1-0 CAC) got off to a quick start, scoring three goals in the first three minutes from Allie Hynson, Krissy Murphy, and Alissa Talbert. Gianna Falcone made two key saves in the early going to keep York (4-2, 0-1 CAC) off the board, one of which came on a free-position shot.
Hynson scored her second of the day to give the Sea Gulls a four-goal cushion on a free-position shot midway through the first half.
The Spartans finally made their mark with 11:30 remaining in the half on a free-position shot to make it 4-1. Two more York goals with less than three minutes remaining cut the Salisbury lead to 4-3 going into the break.
York scored the first goal 6:10 into the second half to tie the game at four, but Hynson notched her third of the afternoon on an assist from Lindsey Wagner to put the Sea Gulls back on top.
Emma Skoglund gave Salisbury a 6-4 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining on Murphy's second assist, but the Spartans responded on a free-position shot to make it 6-5.
Courtney Fegan gave the Sea Gulls some breathing room on a feed from Dana King with 3:24 left, while Murphy put the exclamation point on the 8-5 victory on a free-position shot with just nine seconds remaining.
Falcone came up big in net for Salisbury, recording a season-high 13 saves on 18 shots on goal, good for a 72.2 save percentage. Falcone also came up with six of Salisbury's 13 groundballs.
Salisbury hits the road to take on Wesley College on Tuesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. before it returns home for five straight games.