NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – After going into halftime with the score tied at 5-5, the No. 4 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team erupted with eight goals in the second half to defeat No. 15 Christopher Newport University, 13-6, in Capital Athletic Conference play on Tuesday evening.
It took just over a minute for Salisbury to get on the scoreboard, as junior Gabbi Nieves was able to get free in the middle and fire in a shot just outside the fan to go up 1-0.
For the next seven minutes, neither team was able to find the back of the net, and the Sea Gull defense held strong as sophomore goalkeeper Gianna Falcone made a big one-on-one save at 25:03, when Catie Chess took a shot just outside the crease, to keep Christopher Newport off the board.
Four minutes later, Nieves found the back of the cage for the second time on the day after taking a ball from senior Megan Wallenhorst and finishing past the Captains' goalkeeper, Emma Walsh.
Freshman Gabrielle Mongno gave Salisbury a 3-0 advantage with an over-the-shoulder shot at 17:46 after Wallenhorst got her the ball on the right side just outside the fan.
A minute later, Christopher Newport notched its first goal on the day to put the score at 3-1 on a tally from Chess, but Salisbury would answer back at 15:08 to go up 4-1. After a Captain turnover, Falcone launched the ball down the field to Wallenhorst, who found an open junior Ariana Maxwell that finished with a low shot.
Christopher Newport responded with two-straight goals to cut Salisbury's lead to 4-3 at 12:10, before Wallenhorst notched a goal with just over 10 minutes before halftime to put the Gulls up 5-3.
The Captains did not back down in the period and notched another two-goal run, with scores from Lindsay Weaver and Kylie Chapman, to end the first half with the score tied at 5-5.
Despite going into halftime with the game tied, the Sea Gull offense responded quickly in the second period, scoring two goals, both from Nieves, to take a 7-5 advantage less than three minutes into the half.
Christopher Newport bounced back five minutes later with a goal from Sarah Culver to get within one point at 7-6, but Salisbury would close out the game with six-straight goals to put the game away.
Maxwell started the scoring at 21:18 with her second goal of the day after receiving a ball from Wallenhorst.
Less than four minutes later, sophomore Kristen Murphy capitalized on a free-position shot before Maxwell scored for the third time to put the lead at 10-6 with 15:44 remaining.
Wallenhorst scored her second goal on the evening and sophomore Emma Wall notched two goals to cap the scoring in the game.
Nieves led the Sea Gulls with four goals on the day, while Wallenhorst finished with two goals and four assists.
Falcone earned her eleventh win of the season in front of the net, playing all 60 minutes and tallying six saves. Sophomore Allie Hynson picked up a game-high four groundballs in the contest.
Salisbury will be back on the road Saturday, April 9, when it travels to take on St. Mary's College of Maryland in another CAC matchup. That game is set for 12 p.m.