No. 5 Sea Gulls prevail, 12-10, in fast-paced bout against No. 2 Diplomats

No. 5 Sea Gulls prevail, 12-10, in fast-paced bout against No. 2 Diplomats

SALISBURY, Md. – In a top-five showdown that saw a substantial amount of fast-paced action on both ends of the field, the No. 5 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team came up with a big 12-10 non-conference victory over No. 2 Franklin & Marshall College on Wednesday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.

Less than a minute into the game, Franklin & Marshall found the back of the net to take an early 1-0 lead after Paige Moriarty scored on an unassisted goal.

At 27:31, Maddie Hughes continued the Diplomats' strong start when she capitalized on a free-position shot to put them up 2-0.

Over four minutes later, Salisbury got on the board when sophomore Emma Wall sprinted into the middle of the fan and finished from the right side to put the score at 2-1; Wall would finish with a career-high five goals on the day.

Franklin & Marshall would answer back with another goal from Moriarty to go up 3-1, but Salisbury scored two-straight goals to even the score at 3-3.

Wall notched the first score on the two-goal run at 15:03 on an identical play from her first goal of the game. Junior Gabbi Nieves then captured an unassisted tally when she posted up on the left side, turned left and drove into the fan, finishing on a low shot that bounced off the ground.

Natalie Delinsky gave the Diplomats the lead back, 4-3, when she put in a goal off an assist from Claire Jackson, but the Sea Gulls would go on another run for the next eight minutes, this time scoring three during the span to grab a 6-4 advantage.

Wall started the scoring in the run at 11:14 with her third goal of the contest after dashing into the fan and taking a ball from Nieves, finishing from the middle.

Junior Hannah Young found the back of the net at 4:54 on a man-up attempt off an assist from sophomore Dana King before freshman Lindsey Wagner capped the scoring in the run at 4:18 when she finished in the top-right of the net after coming from behind the goal.

Grace Saliba notched a goal with 48 seconds before the break, but Salisbury went into halftime with a 6-5 advantage.

Franklin & Marshall won the opening draw control of the second half and scored quickly at 29:26 when Grace Saliba found the back of the net on a man-up attempt from Moriarty to tie the game at 6-6.

The Diplomats would score two more goals to make it three in a row, getting scores from Jackson and Moriarty to put Franklin & Marshall up 8-6 with 28:12 left in the second.

Despite the quick start from the Diplomats in the second half, the Sea Gulls got their offense going with three-straight goals to take back the lead and bring the score to 9-8. Sophomore Allie Hynson started the scoring with a free-position goal at 24:59, before Wall notched another goal at 24:15, and Young scored her second of the contest at 22:19.

Seven minutes later, Franklin & Marshall tied the game up again after an unassisted goal from Saliba.

Salisbury did not back down after the Diplomat tally, going on another three-goal run that gave the Gulls a 12-9 lead with 6:02 left in regulation.

Wall notched her fifth goal of the day during the run, while senior Megan Wallenhorst scored off an assist from King and Nieves finished on an unassisted attempt for her second goal.

The Diplomats tried to comeback when Saliba scored with just over four minutes left, but the Sea Gull defense and midfield would hold on and keep Franklin & Marshall from scoring for the rest of the game.

Senior Samantha Duranti, sophomore Gianna Falcone, and Nieves each picked up two groundballs on the day, while junior Kieran Kelleher, Wall, and Wallenhorst each caused a turnover.

Falcone played all 60 minutes at goalkeeper for the Gulls, notching seven saves on the afternoon to improve to 7-1 in front of the net this season.

Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, March 26, when it travels to take on the University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference play. That game is set for 1 p.m.

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