SPARKS, Md. – The Salisbury University women's lacrosse team traveled to the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon, taking on the Mules from Colby College, and overcame a 5-1 deficit to claim a 6-5 victory.
The Sea Gulls (6-2) showed strong defense early as Gull goalkeeper Gianna Falcone set the tone off a fully extended kick save on a Colby (2-2) fast break to keep the score level early in the contest.
The Salisbury defensive unit displayed an impressive 15 minutes of play, scooping up three ground balls, creating three turnovers and going 5-for-5 on clears before the Mules broke through and opened the score line off a Cassie Rodgers tally to give Colby the lead midway through the half.
It was the first of three goals over an eight-minute span for Colby before the Sea Gulls broke into the scoring column.
Sophomore Lindsey Wagner continued her scoring streak for the maroon and gold when she tallied an unassisted attempt beating Colby keeper Sam Burch five hole to bring the Gulls within two with four minutes left in the period, but the Mules added two more goals in the closing minutes of the half.
At the break, the Sea Gulls were outshot 16-4 with Falcone earning five saves in the contest's opening 30 minutes. The Sea Gull defense caused six turnovers, scooped up six ground balls and went 8-for-10 on clears.
Less than two minutes later Salisbury responded with its third strike of the contest as Dana King collected a laser from Talbert to go top shelf against Burch to narrow the deficit to two goals 10 minutes into the half.
Salisbury didn't take its foot off the gas as Wagner found a cutting Gabrielle Mongno who slotted her shot bottom corner to bring the Gulls within one with just over 16 minutes left in the contest.
After a strong offensive display the Sea Gulls leveled the score when Talbert found senior midfielder Gabbi Nieves, who calmly converted her shot past Burch to bring the score 5-5.
With just under five minutes remaining, King tallied her second goal of the afternoon off an unassisted run to give Salisbury its first and final lead of the contest, 6-5.
Kieran Kelleher, Margaret Lenz, Kacy Koolage and Kayla Miller and the Salisbury defense dominated the second half as they scooped up nine ground balls, caused 11 turnovers and were perfect on clears in the final 30 minutes, going 16-for-18 on the day.
The Mules outshot Salisbury in the game, 21-17, but the Sea Gulls held a 13-5 edge in the decisive second half. Falcone earned the win, collecting nine saves on the day.
Salisbury returns home to Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, March 25, for Capital Athletic Conference action taking on Southern Virginia University. Game time is set for 12 p.m.