NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – On the first trip to Christopher Newport University since it joined the Capital Athletic Conference, the No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team pulled an early lead and never looked back in an 18-10 victory over the Captains Tuesday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls (13-0, 5-0 CAC) have an unblemished record against Christopher Newport, holding a 12-0 overall tally.
The scoring started quick as SU found the back of the net in the first 49 seconds. Junior Bethany Baer won the draw control to open the game. Racing down the field, junior Shelby Nemecek found Baer for the first goal of the game.
Nemecek added her first goal of a career-high six just four minutes later, before senior Shannon Carta and sophomore Megan Wallenhorst followed in suit to push the score to an early 4-0 lead in the opening eight minutes.
CNU would score its first two goals a minute later with sophomore Samantha Duranti splitting the goals with one of her own with 20:50 remaining.
In the final 17 minutes of the first half, Salisbury found the back of the net five more times while the Captains only added three. Baer tallied three of the goals to lead the Gulls offense with four goals at the half, while juniors Kara O'Rourke and Kate Haker recorded the other two.
Through the first 30 minutes, Salisbury outshot Christopher Newport, 19-15, while the Gulls edged the Captains in draw controls, 9-7. At the half, both teams went perfect in clear attempts: Salisbury 5-for-5, Christopher Newport 6-for-6.
Just like the start of the game, Nemecek and Baer connected for the first goal in the second half in the opening minute. Baer posted up on the back right side of the goal with the ball, while Nemecek cut around the left front of the goal. Receiving the pass from Baer, Nemecek fired a swift shot to the top right to move the score to 11-5.
Nemecek tallied two more goals in the following two minutes with CNU splitting the goals with one of its own. Wallenhorst and Duranti continued to extend the lead with goals, in that order, while Nemecek would cap off the four-goal run with her fifth tally with 22:48 remaining, giving the Sea Gulls a 10-goal cushion.
Haker added her second goal of the game with 13:35 left in the game in between Captain scores, before Nemecek would put on the final touch for the Sea Gulls to keep the 10-goal lead.
Christopher Newport would score two more times before the end of the game, but would get no closer than that.
For the game, Salisbury outshot the Captains, 34-29, while SU held the advantage in draw controls, 18-12.
The Salisbury offense saw seven Sea Gulls score, with Nemecek and Baer leading the way. Nemecek recorded six goals and an assist for a career-high seven points, while Baer added four goals and an assist for five points. Both juniors won a game-high five draw controls as well.
Baer also paced the defense causing a game-high four turnovers and picking up a career-high six groundballs. The defense only allowed 19 shots on goal, while senior Ashton Wheatley made nine saves for the game through her 60 minutes of play. Recording the victory, the senior captain is now 12-0 for the season.
The women are back in action on Saturday, April 12, as the Sea Gulls travel to No. 4 The College of New Jersey for a battle of undefeated teams. First draw is set for 1 p.m.