CLERMONT, Fla. – Junior Ariana Maxwell tallied five goals to lead the No. 7 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team to a 9-6 non-conference victory over No. 3 Trinity (Conn.) College in Clermont, Florida on Tuesday morning.
For the first six minutes of the contest, neither team was able to get on the scoreboard, but Trinity broke the trend at 23:58 when Martha Griffin put in a free-position shot on a man-up opportunity to go up 1-0.
Just over four minutes later, Salisbury answered back when Maxwell tallied her first goal of the morning to even the score at 1-1.
Forty seconds later, the Bantams took back the lead on a goal from Clare Lyne, but the Sea Gulls would answer back with five-straight goals to end the first half with a 6-2 advantage.
Maxwell started the scoring run at 16:48 for her second goal of the day, before sophomore Kristen Murphy found the back of the net a little over three minutes later to give Salisbury a 3-2 lead.
Almost nine minutes went by before senior Megan Wallenhorst got one by Bantam goalkeeper Zoe Ferguson to extend the Gulls' lead to 4-2.
Maxwell tallied two more goals during the last 1:36 in the first half, including a goal off an assist from Murphy with 19 seconds left, to put Salisbury ahead 6-2 heading into the break.
During the next six minutes, Trinity began its comeback attempt, scoring three goals in a row from Allie Barrett, Kiley Coffey, and Lyne to cut Salisbury's lead to 8-5 with 17:30 left in the second.
Despite the comeback from the Bantams, the Sea Gull defense held strong for the next 13 minutes, not allowing a goal during the span.
With 4:48 left in the contest, Maxwell capped off her strong day with her fifth goal of the game to give Salisbury a 9-5 lead.
Trinity would score once more when Emma Malicki found the back of the net at 1:24, but it would not be enough as the Gulls held on for the victory.
Sophomore Gianna Falcone had another strong performance in goal for Salisbury, notching six saves in front of the net.
The Sea Gulls will turn around and make the trip back to Salisbury for a home Capital Athletic Conference game against Southern Virginia University on Saturday, March 19. That game is set for 2 p.m.