YORK, Pa. – Freshman Gabrielle Mongno tallied three goals on Saturday afternoon to lead the No. 7 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team to an 8-6 victory over No. 8 York College of Pennsylvania in its first Capital Athletic Conference action of the season.
York got the scoring started less than two minutes in when Brittany Noell scored from inside the circle off an assist from Katelyn Cattrano.
Over the next five minutes, Salisbury controlled the possession, taking five shots on goal during the span, but Spartan goalkeeper Rachel Donovan notched four saves to keep the Sea Gulls off the board during the time frame.
Junior Kacy Koolage won the subsequent draw control to give the Gulls possession, and less than a minute later, Mongno found the back of the net off another assist from King to give Salisbury a 2-1 advantage at 22:18.
During the next four and a half minutes, York scored two goals in a row from Cattrano and Katherine Burke to put the Spartans up 3-2 with 17:50 left in the first half.
Sophomore Kristen Murphy answered back when she took a shot from the far right wing that found the back of the net to tie the game at 3-3, but once again, the Spartans had an answer as Allison Kolacy scored from the top of the circle to put York back up, 4-3, at 9:51.
Neither team was able to score during the next eight minutes, and the Salisbury defense stood strong during the span as sophomore Gianna Falcone tallied two saves.
After the Spartans committed a foul inside the fan at 1:35, Mongno capitalized on a free-position shot to tie the game at 4-4, and less than 30 seconds later, Mongno found the back of the net for the third time of the day off an assist from Murphy to put the Gulls up 5-4 with 1:08 before halftime.
York had a free-position shot with four seconds left before halftime, but the shot sailed high and Salisbury took a 5-4 lead into the break.
A little over three minutes into the second half, senior Megan Wallenhorst put the Sea Gulls up 6-4, finishing from the right wing off an assist from King.
The Spartans answered back with a goal from Burk off a free-position shot to cut the lead to 6-5, but junior Gabbi Nieves scored her 13th goal of the season to put Salisbury back up by two goals.
York would find the back of the net one more time on a goal from Melissa Meehling before Murphy capped the scoring in the game at 5:01 off an assist from King to put the score at 8-6.
During the last five minutes of the game, the Spartans had some chances on offense, but the Sea Gull defense was up to the task, as Falcone picked up two more saves to keep York off the board.
King finished with a game-high four assists on the day, while Murphy tallied two goals. Senior Samantha Duranti was once again dominant in the midfield, tallying a team-high three groundballs, while sophomore Emma Wall and junior Kieran Kelleher each caused two turnovers.
Falcone played all 60 minutes in goal for the Sea Gulls, notching seven saves in the win.
The Gulls will be back in action on Wednesday, March 15, when they take on No. 2 Trinity (Conn.) College in a top-10 showdown in Clermont, Florida. That game is set for 9:30 a.m.