SALISBURY, Md. – Senior Megan Wallenhorst and junior Gabbi Nieves each scored four goals to lead the No. 9 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team to a 12-7 victory over Catholic University of America in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls got it going early, taking a quick 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest.
Junior Hannah Young took a feed from sophomore Dana King who was behind the net and finished low for the first goal, and less than a minute later, Wallenhorst fired in a shot to the right side from 10 yards out to put Salisbury up 2-0.
Catholic evened the score when Alexis Bosilovic tallied two goals less than a minute apart, putting the score at 2-2 with 17:44 remaining in the first.
For the next six and a half minutes, neither team could find the back of the net, but the Gulls would stop the trend at 11:01 when Nieves scored her first goal of the contest on a finish from the right side.
Nieves' goal sparked a three-goal run for Salisbury, as it took a 5-2 advantage with 7:52 left in the opening period. Wallenhorst scored the last two goals during the run, taking feeds from King and sophomore Kristen Murphy.
Bosilovic notched her third goal of the contest on a free position shot to cut the Sea Gulls' lead to 5-3, but Nieves capped the scoring in the period at 1:32 to put Salisbury up 6-3 at halftime.
The Gulls came out quick again in the second half, with Wallenhorst tallying her fourth goal of the game less than a minute into the period. Wallenhorst disrupted a Cardinal possession by causing a turnover and picking up the subsequent groundball and finished with her left hand after posting up on a Catholic defender to put the Sea Gulls up 7-3.
Bosilovic continued to be the only answer on offense for the Cardinals early in the second half, as she scored on a free position shot at 19:37 to put the score at 7-4.
The Cardinals notched two-straight goals, including a man-up opportunity to cut the Sea Gulls' lead to 8-6, before Nieves juked past a defender while driving in and finished with her left hand to give Salisbury a 9-6 advantage with 10:01 left in the second half.
Catholic threatened with a comeback effort when Jenna Van Middelem scored at 9:33 to make the score 9-7, but Salisbury scored the final three goals of the contest to put the game away.
King finished with a game-high three assists and added a goal for the Sea Gulls, while Young tallied two scores. Senior Samantha Duranti and Nieves were forces in the midfield, as Duranti picked up four groundballs and Nieves caused two turnovers.
Sophomore Gianna Falcone earned her third win in as many games in front of the net, tallying 11 saves for Salisbury.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Saturday, March 5, when they host Washington and Lee University in another non-conference matchup. That game is set for 1 p.m.