SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University field hockey team hosted its fourth-annual Corners for Cancer game on Sunday afternoon, hosting Frostburg State University, taking monetary pledges for each corner the Sea Gulls were awarded. The team will be able to make a large donation to the University's Relay for Life campaign as Salisbury came up one shy of a season high, earning 23 penalty corner chances in a 6-0 win against the Bobcats.
Despite earning nine penalty corners and attempting 12 shots in the first 20 minutes of the contest, the Sea Gulls (9-2, 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference) could not break through on the scoreboard early.
Salisbury got the game's first score in the 29th minute after drawing a penalty stroke due to a foul by Frostburg State (5-10, 0-3 CAC) after a Salisbury penalty corner chance. Freshman Yumi Kim began a big day by converting on the stroke for a 1-0 lead.
Kim followed that score with another goal, less than two minutes later, taking a penalty corner insert from sophomore Samantha Johnson and firing a shot past Bobcat goalkeeper Megan Grimm for a 2-0 lead.
Kim would factor in all three first-half goals, setting up junior Karen Cindea on her tally with 2:22 showing on the clock. Kim took a shot from point-blank range, which Grimm turned away. But Kim was able to gather the ball and send it across to Cindea for her first goal of the season.
Salisbury dominated each facet of the game in the first half, holding a 21-1 edge in shots and 17-0 advantage in penalty corners to go with the 3-0 lead on the scoreboard.
The Bobcats did not get possession inside their offensive circle until the 28th minute, leading to the team's only shot in the first half, which was turned away by Salisbury junior goalkeeper Rachel Clewer.
It took 10 minutes into the second half before the Salisbury offense would strike again, but it started a three-goal burst that put the contest away. Kim took a pass just inside the circle and got past two Frostburg defenders before depositing the ball in the net for her first career hat trick and a career-high seven-point game.
Johnson would follow up less than two minutes later, when she set up freshman Becca Rinaca with a pass across the front of the cage for a one-time goal; Rinaca's second of the season.
Johnson notched her second score of the season two minutes later, tipping home a shot from junior Summer Washburn for the 6-0 lead.
Johnson's four points in the game are a career best and her two assists match her top career effort in that category.
Salisbury now enters a two-game stretch which could be the biggest of its regular-season schedule. The Sea Gulls travel to No. 11 Christopher Newport University on Wednesday and No. 9 University of Mary Washington on Saturday. Each game is not only big on a national scale, but they are also conference games, which will have implications on the seeds for the CAC tournament.