SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team clinched the top seed in the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a 16-7 win over No. 10 York (Pa.) College Wednesday night at Sea Gull Stadium.
Senior Kara Koolage led the Salisbury (14-0, 5-0 CAC) attack, with a career-high five goals and matched her career best with five points.
York (11-3, 4-1 CAC) took the early lead, with two goals from Kim Wayson to start the contest. This was the first time that the Sea Gulls were down by more than one goal all season. Senior Lauren Feusahrens put Salisbury on the board with a free-position goal with 22:59 remaining in the first half before the Spartans pushed the lead back to two goals, 2:01 later, with Erica Mulford netting the first of her two goals in the contest for a 3-1 lead.
After the Mulford goal, the tide turned to the side of the Sea Gulls. Salisbury went on a 5-0 run, starting 34 seconds later, off the stick of Koolage. Feusahrens netted the next two goals, with the second goal the result of the a turnover she caused, scooped up the groundball and sprinting down the field for the goal to give Salisbury its first lead, 4-3, and the Sea Gulls would not relinquish that edge. Koolage capped the run with two more goals of her own, with the second coming with 13:59 remaining in the first half.
Mulford scored her second goal to stop the run, but Salisbury netted the next three goals, before York's Leah Schultz scored with 3:19 to cap the first half scoring at 8-5.
Salisbury controlled the statsheet, with the statistics having the same flow as the game, closer in the first half and then going away for the Sea Gulls in the second 30 minutes. Salisbury outshot the Spartans 20-10 in the first half, and 37-16 overall. The Sea Gulls had 14-7 overall edge in ground balls and 13-12 advantage in draw controls. York won the turnover battle in the first half, 7-6, but the Sea Gulls won the battle for the contest, 13-10.
Salisbury started the second half with a goal from senior Katie Bollhorst, her second of three goals in the contest. The Severna Park, Md., native got on track offensively in the second half, notching three assists in the final 30 minutes. With her effort this evening, Bollhorst moved past Christine Sliger (1999-2002) into second place on the all-time assist leaderboard, with 148 career assists. She sits one assist shy of matching the program record, currently held by Sue Ackermann (2005-08).
The defensive unit played another strong game, clouding out Wayson for much of the second half, not allowing the Spartan offense to get on track. Bollhorst, Feusahrens and junior Meghan Toomey each had two caused turnovers in the contest to lead the Sea Gulls.
Junior Ashton Wheatley made nine saves to make the Sea Gull offensive output stand up, earning the win between the pipes.
Salisbury is next in action this Saturday, April 20, traveling to CAC foe Frostburg State University. That contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
With the top seed in the CAC tournament, Salisbury will have a first-round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Saturday, April 27, against an opponent to be determined.