Salisbury, Md. – In a battle of Capital Athletic Conference unbeaten, the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team came up short Friday evening, dropping a 13-3 decision to No. 6 Salisbury University for their third loss of the season.
The loss moves St. Mary's (11-3, 5-1 CAC) to second in the conference standings and half a game ahead of No. 15 York College of Pennsylvania (9-4, 4-1 CAC) while today's win clinches the top seed for Salisbury (11-2, 7-0 CAC) in the upcoming 2015 CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament which begins April 21st with first round action.
St. Mary's and York will fight for the No. 2 seed on Wednesday, April 15th when the Seahawks travel to York for the key CAC matchup at 4:00 p.m.
Juniors Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) and Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) and sophomore attacker Abbey Harrison (Easton, Md./Easton) each found the back of the net for the Seahawks, who had their five-game win streak halted today.
Salisbury scored two quick goals in a 27-second span to own a 2-0 lead at 28:17 before Harrison put the Seahawks on the board at 25:27 off an assist by Newman. Sophomore attacker Hannah Young (Harleysville, Pa./North Penn) notched back-to-back goals in a 3-0 Sea Gull run to stretch the lead to 5-1 at 14:26. Newman broke up the home team scoring with an unassisted tally at 9:54.
The Sea Gulls ended the half with another 3-0 run to establish an 8-2 halftime lead. Junior attacker Megan Wallenhorst (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) led all scorers at intermission with two goals and four assists while Newman tallied a goal and an assist to pace the Seahawks.
Wallenhorst extended Salisbury's scoring run to 5-0 as she netted the first two goals of the second stanza for an eight-goal advantage at 24:41. Poffenberger put a stop to the Sea Gull scoring at 16:27 as she completed a feed from first-year attacker Lacey Brown (Monkton, Md./Hereford) for her team-best 45th goal of the season.
The Sea Gulls wrapped up their 10th consecutive win with their second 3-0 run of the game while Wallenhorst finished the game with game-highs of four goals, five assists and nine points. Salisbury outshot the Seahawks, 25-12, while posting a 13-8 margin in ground balls. St. Mary's won the draw control battle, edging Salisbury, 10-8, as Newman gathered a game-best five draws.
First-year Lexi Thorne (Riva, Md./Pallotti) registered seven saves, including five in second half, for her first loss between the pipes. First-year Gianna Falcone (Florham Park, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) recorded four second-half stops to improve to 10-0 on the season.
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