SALISBURY, Md. – On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action, the No. 4 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team cruised to a 15-3 victory over Marymount (Va.) University, led by senior Megan Wallenhorst's seven points.
Marymount got off the first shot in the contest when Bridgette Stacom's attempt sailed wide, and when the Saints regained possession, junior Kayla Miller caused a turnover at 28:41 to give Salisbury possession; the Gulls would cause 10 turnovers on the day.
Less than a minute later, junior Ariana Maxwell sprinted into the middle of the fan and took a feed from Wallenhorst, finishing to the left of Marymount goalkeeper Holly Reik to go up 1-0.
After three minutes of strong defense from the Sea Gulls, including a caused turnover by junior Kacy Koolage and a subsequent groundball pick-up by senior Samantha Duranti, Salisbury found the back of the cage again to take a 2-0 advantage. On an identical series as the first goal, Wallenhorst found a driving sophomore Emma Wall, who tallied her first goal of the contest at 24:53.
At 20:57, Jessica Crew notched a goal on a free-position shot to put the score at 2-1, before Maxwell followed just over five minutes later with her second goal of the day to bring the score to 3-1.
With 9:36 remaining in the first half, Marymount's Catina Boster took a ball from Abby Wescott and scored to cut Salisbury's lead to 3-2.
The Saints were able to win the next draw control, but the Sea Gull defense caused another turnover, this time by junior Gabbi Nieves, to keep Marymount from tying the game.
At 5:12, Nieves followed up the strong defense with her first goal of the contest after she juked a Saint defender in the middle just outside the fan and drove the ball into the back of the net to go up 4-2.
The Sea Gulls took the 4-2 lead into halftime, but the offense would erupt in the second half, tallying four goals in a row during the first nine and a half minutes to build an 8-2 lead early in the second half.
Nieves and Wall each scored their second goals of the day to cap the scoring during the run and put Salisbury up 8-2 with 20:44 left in the game.
Wescott found the back of the cage on a free-position shot to put the score at 8-3, but another onslaught of goals from the Gulls, this time seven in a row, put the game away.
Wallenhorst and Maxwell notched two goals each during the closing spurt, while freshman Lindsey Wagner, Wall and Young also scored.
Nieves finished with four groundballs and three caused turnovers, while sophomore Allie Hynson also picked up four groundballs.
Sophomore Gianna Falcone played all but 55 seconds in front of the net for Salisbury, notching five saves and earning her ninth win of the year.
The Sea Gulls will be back at home on Saturday, April 2, when they host Frostburg State University for Senior Day. That game is set for 12 p.m.