ST. MARY'S, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team earned a big top-15 victory on Saturday afternoon, cruising past No. 14 St. Mary's College of Maryland, 10-3, in Capital Athletic Conference action.
The Sea Gulls (13-1, 7-0 CAC) got their offense going early in the contest, scoring the first three goals of the game to take a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the first half.
At 17:31, St. Mary's (13-2, 4-2 CAC) got on the board to cut the score to 3-1 after Meg Gesner scored on a man-up opportunity.
Salisbury responded with two-straight goals to end the first half with a 5-1 advantage; sophomore Kristen Murphy scored her first of the day on a free-position attempt at 15:58, before sophomore Emma Wall tallied a goal on another free-position opportunity.
The first 21 minutes of the second half went scoreless, as neither team could hold possession of the ball, until the Seahawks broke through with a goal at 19:17 to put the score at 5-2.
Despite the come-back effort from St. Mary's, Salisbury would close out the game strong, notching five goals in a row to put the game away.
Nieves started the scoring at 12:40 when she put one in off an assist from Murphy. Murphy followed up with her second score of the day with 6:43 left in the game, and Maxwell scored her second goal of the afternoon a minute later to go up 8-2.
Murphy notched her third goal of the day off an assist from Nieves at 4:14, before freshman Gabrielle Mongno put one into the back of the net to go up 10-2 with just over two minutes left in the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Gianna Falcone got another win in front of the net for the Gulls, tallying nine saves on the afternoon, while junior Kayla Miller led the defense with a career-high five groundballs on the day.
Salisbury will be back at home on Wednesday, April 13, when it hosts Wesley College at the new Sea Gull Stadium for its final regular-season home game in 2016. That game is set for 4 p.m.