SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team defeated No. 17 Stevenson University 9-4 to advance to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game. The win in the semifinals extends the Sea Gulls' conference winning streak to 86-straight games.
This was the second time in nine days that these two teams have played, but the second go-around was significantly closer than the first contest. On April 15, the Sea Gulls defeated Stevenson (9-7) 20-2 in Owings Mills, Md.
Junior Katie Bollhorst led the Salisbury (17-0) attack with six points, three goals and three assists.
Senior Carrie Bray got the Sea Gulls on the board just 32 seconds into the game. Stevenson's Marissa Meiklejohn evened the score six and a half minutes later, after the Mustangs kept the ball in their offensive third for much of that time.
Bollhorst netted her first goal of the game at the 12:01 mark to give the Sea Gulls the lead for good. The Severna Park, Md., native scored her second of the game, to widen the lead to 3-1, just 31 seconds later.
Senior Alyssa Fowler netted her only goal of the game to give the Sea Gulls a 4-1 lead before two Stevenson goals narrowed the lead to 4-3. Freshman Bethany Baer added a goal seven seconds before the half to give Salisbury a 5-3 lead at halftime.
The first half was played at a much slower pace than the typical Sea Gull contest, as Stevenson was able to control the ball in its offensive third, minimizing the chances for the Salisbury attack.
The second half was much of the same, as Stevenson controlled possession but the Sea Gulls controlled the scoreboard. Meiklejohn scored less than two minutes into the second half, getting the Mustangs within one, 5-4, but Salisbury would put up the game's final four tallies as the Sea Gulls were able to pull ahead and hang on for a hard-fought victory.
Sophomore goalie Hannah Whiteley picked up her first win of the season, stopping five Mustang shots to pick up the decision.
With the win, the Sea Gulls will host the CAC tournament championship game against York College, a 9-6 winner over the University of Mary Washington, this Saturday, April 28. Game time is set for 6 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.