Spartans Fall to #2 Salisbury in Battle of CAC Unbeatens
SALISBURY, MD – The second-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team used a big second half to down York College 16-7 in the battle of Capital Athletic Conference unbeatens on Wednesday night in Salisbury, MD.
The Sea Gulls remain perfect on the year, improving to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the league as they capture the number one seed in the upcoming CAC Tournament. The Spartans fall to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the CAC as they have clinched the second seed and a first-round bye despite still having one remaining CAC contest left on the schedule.
The Spartans got off to a great start courtesy of two goals from senior standout Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) as she struck twice in the first six and a half minutes of the game.
The Gulls scored on a free position shot before Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) put York up 3-1 with 20:58 remaining in the opening half. The Sea Gulls responded in big fashion as Salisbury ripped off a five-goal spurt covering the next seven minutes of the game. Kara Koolage had three of the five goals while Lauren Feusahrens tallied the other two as the Gulls took the 6-3 lead.
Mulford stopped the bleeding with her second goal of the contest at the 12:44 mark but Koolage and Katie Bollhorst each scored as the Salisbury lead grew to 8-4. Senior Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) scored with 3:19 left in the half, trimming York's deficit to 8-5 at the break.
The Sea Gulls came out and removed all doubt about the outcome throughout the opening 15 minutes of the second half as Salisbury scored the first five goals of the stanza to push the lead to 13-5. York got a pair of goals from Jenna Hiponia (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Wayson before the Gulls closed out the scoring with a trio of goals to provide for the final nine-goal difference.
Ashton Wheatley earned the win for the Sea Gulls as she notched nine saves. Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) made 12 saves in her 60 minutes between the pipes for the Spartans.
Salisbury held a substantial 37-16 edge in total shots while they doubled up the Green and White on ground balls 14-7. The Spartans committed 13 turnovers while the Gulls held a slight 13-12 edge in draw controls.
Koolage led the Gulls with six goals while Bollhorst added six points of her own on three goals and three assists. Feusahrens chipped in with four goals with three tallies coming on free position attempts.
Wayson led the Spartans with three goals while Mulford added three points on two goals and one assist.
The Spartans conclude their 2013 regular season on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Wesley to face the Wolverines in a 1:00 pm contest.