Sea Gulls score 10 unanswered goals to pick up 17-9 win over St. Mary’s

Sea Gulls score 10 unanswered goals to pick up 17-9 win over St. Mary’s

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team scored nine straight goals to open the second half and roll to a 17-9 victory against St. Mary's College of Maryland in the regular season finale on Wednesday afternoon.

After the Sea Gulls (15-2, 6-0 CAC) took a 2-0 lead in the early going, the Seahawks (9-8, 3-3 CAC) tied the game just over five minutes in. The two teams then went back and forth before St. Mary's scored four straight goals to take an 8-4 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half.

Gabby Mongno closed the first half with one of her four goals on the day, beginning the run of 10 straight goals for Salisbury.

Gianna Demato, who tallied three goals in the game, scored two quick goals on feeds from Alexis Strobel to kick off the 9-0 streak in the second half. Strobel tied a career high with six assists, all of which came in the second half.

Taylor Poore was one of eight players to score in the game, adding two goals. Emma Skoglund scored three of her four goals during the run, including the final two to make it 14-8.

After the Seahawks ended the run with 6:54 remaining in regulation, Salisbury scored three more to make the score final at 17-9.

The defense allowed just one goal in the second half to push their streak of allowing nine goals or fewer to eight straight games. Kendall Bannan recorded team-highs of two caused turnovers and three groundballs, while Skye Graham made six saves in net.

Salisbury has clinched the top seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament and will receive a first-round bye. The Sea Gulls will host the winner of the St. Mary's and Christopher Newport University game on Tuesday, April 30 at a time to be determined.