SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University field hockey team picked up its first Capital Athletic Conference win of the season, defeating Frostburg State University, 7-0, at Sea Gull Stadium, closing out Homecoming weekend as the team celebrated Senior Day prior to the start of Sunday's game.
Play held mostly in the midfield through opening minutes, with each team getting the ball in the circle, but only one penalty corner was earned and no shots were attempted in the first nine minutes of play.
The first shot taken in the game resulted in the first goal. Sophomore Arielle Johnston lifted a ball from near midfield over the defense, which sophomore Tara Daddio ran on to up the left side. Daddio carried to the end line, sending a cross in front of the goal. It just slipped past Frostburg goalkeeper Nicole Leighty and a Frostburg defender, with Emily Lemanski able to slam it home for her fourth goal of the year.
Salisbury (7-3, 1-1 CAC) put its first three shots on goal in the game, scoring on all three, controlling play for the remainder of the afternoon.
Senior Nicole Lindner made the most of her senior day experience, scoring her first two goals of the year on the next two shots, getting the first after receiving a pass from Daddio 10 yards in front of the goal, turning and firing past Leighty, and moments later tipping home Rebecca Lloyd's shot for a 3-0 Sea Gull lead less than 13 minutes into the game, prompting a timeout from Frostburg State (3-10, 0-2 CAC).
Senior Natalie Wilkinson nearly got in the scoring column at the midway point of the first half, firing a shot from the left side. It got past Leighty, but Brooke Lafayette was there for the defensive save. The ball had just gotten off Lafayette's stick when Lemanski pounced and knocked home her second of the day.
It took 10 minutes for the scoring to get going on the second half, but once it did, the Gulls put three more on the board.
Freshman Rebecca Lloyd got the first score of her career firing a shot from the right side that ricocheted off the Frostburg defense and just across the line for a goal with a little over 25 minutes showing on the clock. Lemanski finished off her hat trick by taking a feed in front of the goal and working around a defender on the left side before putting her try into the right side of the cage.
Sophomore Rachel Domanico capped off the scoring in the 55th minute, putting home a rebound after Daddio's point-blank shot was stopped by Frostburg keeper Sierra Smizer, who came on late in the first half. Domanico scored her fifth of the year, with a backhand shot.
The Salisbury defense led by Johnston, Lindsey Elgin, and Jillian Hughes kept the Bobcats out of the circle for much of the game, allowing only four shot attempts for the visitors with three on target. Senior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor turned away two shots in 54:12 in goal, while sophomore Caitlin Harris made one save in 15:48 seeing her first action of the year.
The Sea Gulls return to Sea Gull Stadium this Wednesday, October 11 hosting Wesley College. The game, beginning at 6 p.m., will also be the team's Corners for Cancer night.