Sea Gulls cap off regular season with 19-5 win over Christopher Newport
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team finished up its regular-season with a 19-5 win against soon-to-be conference foe Christopher Newport University Saturday afternoon.
Junior Katie Bollhorst led the Sea Gull attack with five points, netting two goals and dishing out three assists. The 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year and All-CAC First Team attacker now has 105 points on the year, with 42 goals and 63 assists.
Bollhorst put Salisbury (19-0) on the board just 23 seconds into the contest. Four minutes later, junior Lauren Feusahrens netted her first goal of the contest, the first of her game-high four goals. The Solomons Island, Md., native added an assist in the contest as well.
Ashton Marshall scored for the Captains with 24:49 remaining in the first half, making it 2-1. From that point forward, Salisbury controlled much of the action, on the scoreboard and on the statsheet. The Sea Gulls ended the half on an 8-0 run, to widen their lead to 10-1 at the half.
During that run, Feusahrens added her second and third goals of the day, with senior Amanda Holsclaw netting two goals as well. Freshmen Summer Washburn and Kate Haker, Bollhorst and junior Kara Koolage also added goals during that stretch.
In the first half, the Sea Gulls outshot Christopher Newport (15-3) 21-10 and held an 11-1 advantage in draw controls. For the game, Salisbury outshot the Captains 35-18 and collected seven more draw controls. The Sea Gulls were a perfect 13-for-13 on clearing attempts in the contest.
Feusahrens started the scoring for the Sea Gulls in the second half, adding her fourth goal of the game 71 seconds into the frame. Seniors Alyssa Fowler and Allie Wheatley each netted their first goals of the contest to bring the score to 13-1.
Christopher Newport's Jessica Singer scored at 21:31, stopping the Sea Gulls' 11-0 run over 31:58 of play, to make it 13-2.
Sophomore Ashton Wheatley, named the All-CAC First Team goalie, stopped four Captain shots in 44:58 of action to pick up the decision. Classmate Hannah Whiteley finished out the contest, stopping one Christopher Newport shot to preserve the win.
Ashton Marshall had a team-high two goals to lead the Captains.
It was announced in early April that CNU would be moving to the Capital Athletic Conference from the USA South Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 academic year.
The Sea Gulls now wait to see who they will be facing in the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse tournament. The bracket is set to be released Sunday, May 6. For more information about the Sea Gulls' run through the tournament, check www.suseagulls.com as it becomes available.