DALLAS, Pa. – Less than 48 hours after picking up its first win of the season, the No. 7 Salisbury University field hockey team made it two in a row with a 5-0 victory against Misericordia University on Saturday. The Sea Gulls have now outscored their opponents by a margin of 11-0 in the first two games of 2016.
Senior midfielder Abbey Shobe put the first tally on the board for the Gulls (2-0) less than 10 minutes into the contest, and senior forward Becca Rinaca extended the maroon and gold's lead to two in the 28th minute. Overall, the Sea Gulls dominated the first half statistically, holding a 10-0 lead in shots and earning seven penalty corners against the Cougars.
Misericordia (0-2) had the opportunity for its first shot of the game less than five minutes into the second half, but junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor quickly turned the try away; it would be the only shot she would face in the cage. A flurry of Sea Gull shots and penalty corners starting in the 47th minute finally came to fruition four minutes later, when Rinaca found the back of the cage to give Salisbury the 3-0 edge.
Three minutes later, freshman midfielder Jillian Hughes made it a 4-0 contest off an assist from senior midfielder Casie Preisch. In the 58th minute, senior back Annah Brittingham dished out an assist to junior midfielder Nicole Lindner, who fired a shot past Misericordia keeper Katelyn Campbell for the fifth and final goal of the game.
The Sea Gulls outshot the Cougars 18-2 and held a 13-3 advantage in penalty corners. Sophomore Eliza Pauk finished out the contest in the Salisbury goal, turning away one shot in the final 12 minutes.
Salisbury wraps up play in the Misericordia Invitational tomorrow with a match against King's (Pa.) College at 2:30 p.m.