SALISBURY, Md. – In a hard-fought, back-and-forth effort, the No. 7 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team came up just short on Wednesday afternoon, falling to No. 6 Gettysburg College, 10-8, in non-conference action.
The Bullets got on the scoreboard first when Maggie Connolly scored at 28:37 after taking a ball from Katie Landry.
The Sea Gulls evened the score less than two minutes later when senior Megan Wallenhorst found junior Hannah Young for a goal. Wallenhorst ran towards the fan on the right side and found Young, who cut through the middle and finished just under the crossbar.
Less than 30 seconds later, Gettysburg took the lead back when Caroline Jaeger found the back of the net on an unassisted goal.
Salisbury continued to fight back early, and tied the game at 2-2 with 23:01 left in the first half after Wallenhorst passed to sophomore Emma Wall for a goal. Wallenhorst ran back to the top of the fan, looked back, and dished the ball to Wall who finished just in front of the net with a Gettysburg defender in her face.
Both defenses clamped down for the next 11 minutes, as neither team could find the back of the net during the span. Sophomore goalkeeper Gianna Falcone held strong during the time frame, notching two saves.
The Bullets broke the silence with a goal from Landry at 12:02, but the Sea Gulls would stop the back-and-forth trend for the next eight and a half minutes, tallying three goals in a row to go up 5-3 with 4:04 before halftime.
Wallenhorst found Wall again for the first goal of the three-goal spurt, when Wallenhorst dodged a defender and passed the ball to Wall, who cut down the middle and finished off her hip.
Wall continued her strong first-half performance with another goal after driving down the middle and finishing past Gettysburg goalkeeper Shannon Keeler's left shoulder.
At 4:04, freshman Lindsey Wagner capped the scoring on the run after cutting down the middle and taking a ball from Wallenhorst, finishing in the upper-left corner of the net.
Despite the strong run from Salisbury, Gettysburg finished the half with momentum, scoring two goals in the last four minutes to tie the game at 5-5 going into halftime.
Connolly opened the scoring in the second half just over three minutes in to put the Bullets up, 6-5, but junior Gabbi Nieves capitalized on a free-position shot at 23:11 to even the score at 6-6.
Over the next four and a half minutes, Gettysburg would tally three goals in a row to take a 9-6 lead with 18:36 left in regulation.
At 14:02, after getting fouled inside the fan, sophomore Kristen Murphy scored on a free-position shot to cut the lead to just two goals and give the Gulls a chance.
However, during last 14 minutes of play, Salisbury had several attempts on net, but Keeler held strong in goal, notching two saves during the span.
With 30 seconds left, Amanda Borucki scored on a man-up goal to give the Bullets a 10-7 advantage.
Wallenhorst scored on a feed from Nieves with nine seconds on the clock to cut the lead to 10-8, but it was not enough, as Gettysburg held on to win.
Wall led the Sea Gull offense with a game-high three goals, while Wallenhorst finished with a game-high four assists and added a goal.
Junior Kieran Kelleher, sophomore Allie Hynson, and Nieves each picked up two groundballs, while senior Samantha Duranti and Hynson both caused a turnover. Falcone played all 60 minutes in front of the net, tallying seven saves on the afternoon.
Salisbury will travel to take on York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 12, for its first Capital Athletic Conference matchup of the season. That game is set for 12 p.m.