Defense dominates as Salisbury rolls to convincing 16-3 victory in NCAA second round

Defense dominates as Salisbury rolls to convincing 16-3 victory in NCAA second round

SALISBURY, Md. – The seventh-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team began its 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament run on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen, 16-3, in the second round.

The Sea Gulls (17-3) used a dominant defensive performance to cruise to the second round victory as eight players recorded a caused turnover, while the defensive unit forced the Dutchmen into 20 total turnovers. The unit also held the Dutchmen (12-8) off the scoreboard for over 23 minutes of game action, not surrendering a goal until the 6:31 mark of the first half. Taylor Poore and Kendall Bannan paced the team with a team-best three caused turnovers, while both players also finished with two groundballs.   

Salisbury jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening 18 minutes behind goals from three different players, including two each from both Gianna Demato and Emma Skoglund. Skoglund got the maroon and gold on the board just over two minutes into the contest when she finished off a great pass from Lindsey Wagner.

Demato pushed the lead to 3-0, scoring twice in a span of four minutes by finishing off a pass from Alexis Strobel for her first marker followed by a nice unassisted effort with just over 18 minutes left to play in the opening half.

The Salisbury defense dominated the first half of action as it caused 13 Lebanon Valley turnovers while limiting the visitors to a mark of 7-of-12 on clear attempts. Poore made her impact felt on both ends of the field as she caused three first-half turnovers to go along with a goal and an assist to help give the maroon and gold an 8-2 halftime advantage.

The maroon and gold offense continued to roll in the second half, scoring three times in the opening 10 minutes to push its lead to 11-2. Three different players netted markers during the scoring run as Wagner, Strobel, and Bri Held all found the back of the net. The Sea Gulls held the Dutchmen to just one goal in the second half, outscoring them 8-1 in the frame.

Overall, 10 different players recorded a goal for Salisbury while six finished with two goals. Strobel finished the contest with a team-best four points on two goals and two assists.

Salisbury advances to the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament and will take on Colorado College. A game time and location will be announced later this week.