OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team opened its 2018 season with an 11-10 overtime victory against Stevenson University on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a five-goal second half deficit to defeat the Mustangs.
Freshman Emma Skoglund scored 1:44 into overtime on a free position shot, side-arming her shot into the upper corner of the net to break the tie and give Salisbury (1-0) the win. Skoglund tallied two goals in her collegiate debut, with the first one tying the game 10-10 to send it to overtime.
Allie Hynson scored the opening goal of the game just 1:33 in for the Sea Gulls. Hynson earned seven draw controls on the day and tied a team-high with three ground balls.
Stevenson (0-1) and Salisbury exchanged goals before the Mustangs scored four straight to take a 5-2 lead. Back-to-back goals by Gabrielle Mongno and Dana King got Salisbury within 6-5, but Stevenson tallied another goal to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. King finished her day with two goals and two assists for Salisbury.
The Mustangs opened up the second half by scoring the first three goals to take a 10-5 lead, but the Sea Gulls tightened up the defense for the remaining 21:13 to hold Stevenson scoreless. The maroon and gold allowed just six shots in the second half, with only one coming after Stevenson's final goal.
Alissa Talbert started the comeback with her first goal of the season, followed by a Lindsey Wagner goal just over a minute later. Krissy Murphy scored her second of the day on a free position shot to make it 10-8 while King tallied her second goal with 4:17 remaining to bring the Sea Gulls within one. Murphy and King both had four points on the afternoon.
Skoglund capped the comeback to tie the game at 10 on Murphy's second assist with 2:48 remaining to send the game to overtime.
After Salisbury forced the 26th Stevenson turnover of the afternoon, the Sea Gulls earned a free position shot that Skoglund capitalized on for the win. Skye Graham came on in relief for Salisbury in the second half to save two shots and earn the win.
Salisbury outshot Stevenson 38-19 on the afternoon, including a 24-6 advantage in the second half and overtime.
The Sea Gulls return to Salisbury for the home-opener on Saturday, February 24 as they host No. 14 The Catholic University of America at 1 p.m.