SALISBURY, Md. – The second-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team used another strong defensive outing to go along with a balanced scoring effort to defeat Christopher Newport University 18-6 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday.
Seven different players scored at least two goals, while 10 players in all recorded a goal, led by Krissy Murphy's hat trick. The defense, led by Emily McQuay's three caused turnovers, continued to shine, holding Christopher Newport (6-6, 2-1 CAC) to just six goals on 13 total shots in the game. Salisbury (12-0, 4-0 CAC) has now held its last six opponents to single-digit scoring outputs.
The Captains got on the board first, but the Sea Gulls found their rhythm midway through the first half as McQuay notched one of her two goals at the 18:11 mark to tie the game at one. Salisbury rattled off four more to take a 5-1 lead, as Dana King scored twice and assisted on another to Lindsey Wagner.
Christopher Newport responded with two goals to cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Sea Gulls ended the half with three straight goals to take command. McQuay tallied her second of the day to start the run, while finding Emma Skoglund for one of her two in the game. Wagner converted on a free position shot with just 23 seconds remaining in the half to take the 8-3 lead into the break.
Murphy scored the first two of the second half for Salisbury, including a nice underhanded shot to push the lead to 10-4. Courtney Fegan helped extend the lead on a free position shot and another goal on a find from Alissa Talbert, who registered a team-high three assists.
After taking a 13-4 lead, Christopher Newport found the back of the net two more times in the middle of the second half, but Salisbury held the Captains in check the rest of the way. The Sea Gulls scored five goals in the final 10:55, highlighted by two markers from Gabrielle Mongno.
Gianna Falcone made four saves on eight shots on net in just under 44 minutes of action to earn the win for Salisbury. The Sea Gulls registered 20 more shots in the game than the Captains and held a 17-9 advantage in draw controls, led by Allie Hynson's eight.
Salisbury continues its homestand on Saturday, April 14 against No. 5 University of Mary Washington at 1 p.m.