March 3, 2012

Salisbury Overcomes Slow Start, Beats Catholic

from press release

SALISBURY, Md.
– After a slow start, the No. 11 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team rebounded to defeat No. 11 Catholic University of America in non-conference action at Sea Gull Stadium, 17-7.

Junior Lauren Feusahrens led the Salisbury (2-0) offensive attack with four goals in the contest. Classmate Katie Bollhorst once again orchestrated the Sea Gull offense, dishing out a game-high four assists and also chipped in a goal.

Catholic (0-2) got on the scoreboard first on a free-position goal by Mary Robinson just 1:09 into the contest. Senior Amanda Holsclaw countered that goal with a score of her own, on a free-position shot, just over a minute later. Catholic midfielder Mary Swarthout, who had six goals on the day, netted the next two goals to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead at the 18:53 mark in the first half.

The Sea Gulls rose to the challenge, scoring nine unanswered goals to give themselves a comfortable margin, 10-3, with 26:34 left in the contest. During that span, Feusahrens netted three of her goals and Salisbury never looked back.

It was the stout Salisbury defense that made the lead stand up, anchored by sophomore goalie Ashton Wheatley. Wheatley had plenty of help from the defenders in front of her, as the Salisbury defense harassed the Catholic attack, forcing 21 Cardinal turnovers in the contest. With the ball in their own end, the Sea Gull defenders were successful on 17-of-20 clearing attempts in the game. When the Cardinal offense was able to get through the Sea Gull defense, Wheatley was able to play stopper, as she turned away a career-best nine shots in the game.

Once the Sea Gulls got going, they controlled nearly every facet of the game. Salisbury outshot Catholic, 35-22, and earned 10 more ground balls than the Cardinals. The Sea Gulls also committed nine less turnovers than Catholic in the contest.

Senior Alyssa Fowler added two goals and adding an assist. Sophomore Shannon Carta netted her first collegiate goal in the contest, as did freshman Kate Haker.

The Sea Gulls square off against No. 3 Cortland State at Sea Gull Stadium on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m.


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