SALISBURY, Md. - The No. 13 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team hosted Frostburg State University in Capital Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon, defeating the Bobcats 19-5.
The Sea Gulls got off to a slow start on Senior Day as the Bobcats struck first in the fifth minute off an Emani Byrd tally, giving Frostburg its first and only lead of the day.
Despite the early away tally, it was all Salisbury for the remainder of the half as the Gulls senior squad led the way, responding with an eight goal flurry to give Salisbury an early 8-1 advantage.
Senior midfielder Gabbi Nieves ignited the offensive assault, earning a hat-trick in under six minutes extending the scoreline at 6-1 before the midway point of the half.
Junior attacker Dana King followed suit as she tallied two goals and three of four assists on the day to increase Salisbury's lead to 8-1, with ten minutes left to play in the half.
With time winding down in the first, the Gulls and Bobcats both tacked on two goals a piece to head into the break with Salisbury leading Frostburg 10-3.
At the half, Salisbury outshot the Bobcats 25-12, as junior keeper Gianna Falcone tallied two saves to Dylan Teitelbaum's 11. The opening 30 minutes saw the Gull defense scoop up an impressive 22 ground balls, win eight draw controls, cause five turnovers and were perfect on defensive clears going 8-for-8.
Salisbury's offense didn't relinquish in the second as King notched her sixth point of the contest feeding a streaking Alissa Talbert, improving the Gulls lead to eight, at 11-3.
Nieves earned her fourth goal of the contest as she converted a sweeping run into the crease to beat Tietelbaum stick side, extending the scoreline to 13-3 in favor of the Gulls.
Salisbury's offensive display was contagious on senior day as senior defender Kayla Miller got into the action in the eighth minute of the second half, tallying her first ever career goal for the maroon and gold, slotting a laser past Teitelbaum giving Salisbury a 15-3 lead.
After two away tallies, freshman Abigail Single got into the action as she tallied two unassisted attempts, leaving the final scoreline at 19-5 in favor of the hosts.
At the end of regulation, Salisbury continued their first half dominance as they outshot Frostburg 46-25. Falcone earned three saves in the victory remining undefeated in CAC action and improves to 8-3 overall. Freshman Skye Graham earned an impressive four saves for her short time protecting the net.
Salisbury's defensive prowess continued into the second half as the Gulls scooped up 36 ground balls, earned 12 draw controls, caused nine turnovers and were 15-for-18 on clears for the day.
The Sea Gulls return to play on Wednesday, April 12, as they are on the road, taking on No. 7 the York College of Pennsylvania in CAC action. That game is set to begin at 4 p.m.
Photograph by Chris Watson Photography