Five Sea Gulls score twice in 12-8 win over No. 17 Mary Washington

Five Sea Gulls score twice in 12-8 win over No. 17 Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Five different Sea Gulls found the back of the net twice on Saturday afternoon as the No. 5 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team came up with a big 12-8 Capital Athletic Conference victory over No. 17 University of Mary Washington.

For the first six minutes, neither team was able to get on the scoreboard, with both squads registering just one shot on goal during the span.

At 24:01, Salisbury broke the mold and took a 1-0 lead when senior Megan Wallenhorst took a ball from sophomore Kristen Murphy and finished the early tally.

Just over two minutes later, Mary Washington tied the game at 1-1 when Mackenzie Maguire scored on an unassisted attempt.

The Sea Gulls responded over the next five and a half minutes with three-straight goals, including two from Murphy, to take a 4-1 lead with 16:17 left before halftime.

Murphy started off the scoring on an unassisted shot at 16:28, before freshman Gabrielle Mongno found the back of the cage off an assist from sophomore Dana King.

At 16:17, Murphy tallied her second goal of the afternoon on a free-position attempt to put the score at 4-1.

Despite the strong play from Salisbury during the middle of the first half, Mary Washington closed out the period strong, notching four goals in a row to take a 5-4 lead with 4:48 before halftime.

With two minutes before the break, junior Ariana Maxwell put in a goal on free-position shot to even the score at 5-5, but the Eagles scored with five seconds left in the half on a goal from Maguire to take a 6-5 advantage into the break.

The Sea Gulls made adjustments at halftime and came out unstoppable in the second half, tallying six-straight goals in the first 19 minutes of the period to take a commanding 11-6 lead.

Junior Hannah Young started the scoring just 55 seconds into the second when she put one into the back of the net off an assist from Maxwell.

Just under six minutes later, Wallenhorst scored another goal off an assist from Murphy to go up 7-6 at 23:25.

King won the ensuing draw control for Salisbury and took the ball down the field, notching a goal at 23:15 to put the score at 8-6, before Mongno scored her second of the day to go up 9-6 with 2:37 left in regulation.

Maxwell notched her second goal of the contest off an assist from Wallenhorst at 16:25, and junior Gabbi Nieves capped the scoring in the run with 11 minutes left to put the score at 11-6.

Mary Washington fought back with two quick goals during the next three and a half minutes to cut into Salisbury's lead, 11-8, but Nieves erased any doubt for the Sea Gulls, scoring with 18 seconds left to put the game away.

Young led the Sea Gulls with four groundballs and three caused turnovers, while sophomore Allie Hynson picked up three groundballs and added a caused turnover.

Sophomore Gianna Falcone played all 60 minutes in front of the cage for Salisbury, notching four saves, while Hanna Ashby recorded six saves for Mary Washington.

The Sea Gulls will be back at home on Wednesday, March 30, when they host Marymount (Va.) University in another CAC matchup at Sea Gull Stadium. First draw is set for 4 p.m.

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