Two Gulls notch first-career goals in 19-2 CAC win against Wesley

Two Gulls notch first-career goals in 19-2 CAC win against Wesley

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 4 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team rolled to a 19-2 win against Wesley College in the Sea Gulls' Capital Athletic Conference regular-season finale on Thursday night at Sea Gull Stadium.

The Sea Gulls (14-1, 8-0 CAC) got things started early with Ryan Schrader finding a cutting Hannah Young who dropped it into the lower-left corner for the 1-0 lead just 49 seconds into the contest. The assist was the first in the career of Schrader, who added three more in the contest.

The Wolverines came back to tie the game at one apiece, but a five-goal burst from Salisbury gave the home team control. Salisbury held possession throughout much of the game thanks to Schrader and the Sea Gulls' ability to dominate on draw controls. Salisbury won 18-of-22 tries in the circle, with Schrader pulling in nine of the wins.

Freshman Lindsey Wagner scored the second goal for the Gulls who held the lead throughout the remainder of contest. Wagner's tally, part of her game-high-tying five points, came on an unassisted marker, racing in from the left side, and banking her shot off the right post.

It was two and a half minutes later when Morgon Von Schmidt took a feed in front of the net from Schrader and made a quick turn before firing into the lower-left hand corner for the 3-1 edge.

Consecutive goals from Maddie Manzoni and a score from Marcy Lenz pushed the lead to 6-1.

Wesley's Brianna Bacon put home her second goal of the day with 18:19 left in the first half, cutting the lead to 6-2, but it was as close as the Wolverines (2-12, 0-7 CAC) would get the rest of the way.

The Sea Gull defense limited Wesley throughout the contest, holding the Wolverines to just six shots, while Wesley was able to clear on just 5-of-17 tries.

Salisbury put home five-straight goals to close out the first half, including the first tally in the career of Eliza Yachimowicz with 12:46 left in the period, making it 8-2 in Salisbury's favor.

The freshman took a perfect feed on the run down the left side from classmate Martha Hutzell in transition and Yachimowicz buried the chance for her goal and Hutzell's first-career helper.

Freshman Gabrielle Mongno closed the first half with her first goal of the game, giving Salisbury an 11-2 lead at the break, and started the second half with another tally, scoring a game-high four goals in the contest.

Salisbury put home eight goals in the second half, closing things in the final minute with a score from freshman Erica Heaphy, an unassisted score that was the first of her career.

The Sea Gulls held a 37-6 edge in shots during the game, while forcing 19 turnovers.

Along with Wagner and Mongno finishing with five points, Schrader and Manzoni had four and sophomore Sammi Quilter and Hutzell finished with three points. Quilter's points all came on goals in her hat trick.

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, April 16 for a top-five matchup, traveling to No. 3 The College of New Jersey. The first draw is set for 1 p.m.

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