LEXINGTON, Va. - The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team pushed its season-opening winning streak to three with a 15-5 win over Washington and Lee University Saturday afternoon.
Junior Shelby Nemecek matched her career high with a game-high four goals to lead the Salisbury (3-0) attack. The Marriottsville, Md., native had a career-best five points in the contest, getting an assist on the final Sea Gull goal of the day.
The Sea Gull offense was orchestrated by senior Katie Bollhorst, who dished out a game-high six assists for a game-high eight points. The eight points tie a career high for the attacker from Severna Park, Md., while the six assists are a new career mark. Bollhorst moved up the career assists leaderboard, just three short of Kim Cudmore ('10) for third place.
The duo of Nemecek and Bollhorst connected four times, with Bollhorst feeding Nemecek for each of her goals.
Salisbury strung together goals in spurts against Washington and Lee (1-4). Bollhorst put Salisbury on the scoreboard just 54 seconds into the contest with an unassisted goal. Sophomore Bethany Baer followed with a goal 1:35 later, scoring off a pass from junior Meghan Toomey, the first assist of her career. A little over five minutes later, junior Shannon Carta pushed the lead to 3-0, putting one in the net on a feed from Bollhorst.
Following a Generals goal to cut the Salisbury lead to 3-1, the Sea Gulls went on a 4-0 run during a five-minute period to put the game out of reach. Nemecek started the run, scoring at the 20:05 mark, followed by Bollhorst, freshman Samantha Duranti, with Baer capping the run at 15:18.
Washington and Lee scored two goals to bring the game to 7-3 with 6:31 remaining in the first half, but was matched by goals by Duranti and senior Lauren Feusahrens for a 9-3 Salisbury lead at the break.
Baer opened the scoring in the second half, followed by Hayden Hutzell's second goal of the season. Following Hutzell was the first of three goals by Nemecek from Bollhorst, with Carta netting her second goal of the contest to wrap up the Salisbury scoring for the afternoon.
Salisbury was in control of the statsheet as well as the scoreboard. The Sea Gulls outshot W&L, 33-15, for the contest, collected six more ground balls and committed three fewer turnovers. The Sea Gulls were 14-of-16 on clearing attempts and pressured the Generals into converting 9-of-17 clearing attempts.
Junior Ashton Wheatley played the entire contest for the Sea Gulls, stopping seven General shots to pick up the victory between the pipes.
The Sea Gulls will remain in action in the Commonwealth of Virginia, heading to Roanoke College tomorrow for the back end of the team's weekend trip. That contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.