GRANTHAM, Pa. – The No. 5 Salisbury University field hockey team suffered its first defeat of the 2018 season, falling at No. 2 Messiah College on Saturday, 2-0.
The Falcons (4-0) were able to strike early, scoring just over a minute into the contest when Hannah Palm found the back of the net.
Messiah continued to push offensively over the opening minutes, but Salisbury (3-1) held up on the back line with sophomore goalkeeper Dom Farrace making three saves in the game's first 11 minutes as well as a defensive save from junior defender Sarah Jackson in the 10th minute. Farrace finished with a career high seven saves in the game.
The 1-0 score held until halftime with Salisbury's lone shot attempt in the half coming in the closing minute off a penalty corner as Emma Vicchio fired a shot off but the try was blocked.
The Falcons added their second goal just under 10 minutes into the second half on one of just four shots the Sea Gull defense allowed in the second half.
Sophomore Jenna Partilla was able to get off a shot late in the contest, but her effort with less than five minutes showing on the clock was turned away by Messiah keeper Shelby Landes.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Wednesday, September 12 at Washington (Md.) College in a match set to begin at 7 p.m.