Gulls soar over Pride to move on to the NCAA second round

Gulls soar over Pride to move on to the NCAA second round

SALISBURY, Md. - The No. 9 Salisbury women's lacrosse team traveled to Clinton, N.Y. to take on the Female Lions from Regis College in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday afternoon, defeating Regis 19-2.

Salisbury wasted no time getting on the offensive as sophomore attacker Gabrielle Mongno got on the score sheet after converting her attempt off a Krissy Murphy pass to give Salisbury the 1-0 lead.

The Sea Gulls didn't take their foot off the gas as the following six minutes saw six different goal scorers as Gabbi Nieves, Lindsey Wagner, Courtney Fegan, Alissa Talbert, Hannah Young and Murphy each tallied for the maroon and gold.

At the half it was all Gulls as they outshot the Female Lions 19-3, to go into the half with a 12 goal advantage. The Gull stout back line of Kacy Koolage, Kieran Kelleher, Marcy Lenz and Kayla Miller displayed their defensive prowess in the opening 30 minutes as the maroon and gold tallied 12 draw controls, nine ground balls and caused four turnovers. Junior keeper Gianna Falcone notched two saves to Maresa Malcoms one.

The second half got underway just like the first as Fegan earned her fourth goal of the contest off a streaking solo attempt extending Salisbury's lead to 13 with 22 minutes left in the contest.

Not more than two minutes later freshman Lucy Sullivan added her name to the score sheet off a threaded Madelyn Manzoni pass, bringing the scoreline to 15-0.

A few minutes later Manzoni changed from provider to receiver as she collected her first mark of the game and second of the season as she buried a pass from freshman Elaine Draper to further increase the Gulls lead to 16.

Following back-to-back away tallies the Gulls tacked on two more insurance goals from Mongno and freshman Emily McQuay to leave the games final scoreline at 19-2.

At the end of regulation Salisbury outshot Regis 29-7, with Falcone earning four saves and the victory. The Gulls defensive unit earned an impressive 17 draw controls, scooped up 16 ground balls and caused 10 turnovers.

The maroon and gold return to action tomorrow, May 14, as they take on hosts Hamilton College in the second round. That game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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