SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 13 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team hosted the second round of the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs against the University of Mary Washington Saturday afternoon, defeating the Eagles 11-5.
Following another slow start and an away tally from Emily Mott it was all Salisbury (12-5) for the rest of the half as the maroon and gold tallied a 3-0 run following strikes from Emma Wall, Lindsey Wagner and Gabrielle Mongno, leaving the score at 3-1 with 23 minutes left on the clock.
Less than a minute later, an away mark from Julia Albert brought the Eagles within one at 3-2 but the goal only sparked the Salisbury offense as the maroon and gold posted their second unanswered multi goal run as Dana King notched two of her three goals on the day followed up by solo strikes from Krissy Murphy and Mongo, increasing Salisbury's lead to five at 7-2.
At the half Salisbury held the edge over Mary Washington 8-3, outshooting the Eagles 16-6 with junior keeper Gianna Falcone earning a solo save compared to Hanna Ashby's five.
The Sea Gull defensive unit of Marcy Lenz, Kacy Koolage, Kayla Miller and Kieran Kelleher earned eight draw controls, scooped up 10 ground balls and were near perfection going 7-for-8 on defensive clears in the first.
Following the break, the Sea Gulls defensive unit hunkered down and took control of the game, letting the offense go to work, resulting in back-to-back tallies from junior midfielder Allison Hynson and Wagner giving the Salisbury the 10-3 lead just under the midway point of the second.
With just under ten minutes left in regulation King notched her third tally of the contest (23 for the season), extending the Gulls lead to 11-4 before a late away goal, leaving the game's final score line at 11-5.
At the end of regulation, the Gulls' outshot the Eagles 25-12 and earned 12 draw controls. Falcone earned two saves in the contest and the victory, improving her record to 9-5. Freshman keeper Skye Graham also saw time in the second to assist Salisbury in the victory.
The Sea Gull defensive wall continued their second half prestige as they scooped up 19 ground balls, earned 12 draw controls, caused 14 turnovers and went 15-for-17 on defensive clears for the day.
Salisbury returns to action next weekend, April 29th, as they travel to the College of York Pennsylvania to take on the Spartans in the CAC playoff final. That game is to be announced later.