SALISBURY, Md. – A back-and-forth battle between two national powers went against the 17th-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team as the Sea Gulls dropped a close 3-2 matchup with the sixth-ranked Rowan Profs on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Rowan got on the board first in the ninth minute of the game. A penalty corner was sent across the arc to Kristiina Castagnola, who lifted a shot over the Salisbury defense for the opening goal of the contest.
- Salisbury responded five minutes later on a penalty corner of its own. Mack Dinopoulos inserted the corner to McKenzie Mitchell. Mitchell's slap shot went five-hole through the Rowan keeper's legs to tie the game at one in the first quarter.
- After a scoreless second quarter, Jordan Brooks put the Sea Gulls up one in the 43rd minute. Dinopoulos passed the ball ahead on a counter-attack that bounced in front of Brooks and shot past the keeper to give SU the 2-1 lead.
- Rowan tied the game in the 52nd minute when a loose ball in front of the cage allowed Rachel Stone to score.
- Six minutes later, Julia Patrone gave Rowan the lead and proved to be the eventual game-winner.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Salisbury made the most of its opportunities, scoring two goals off three shots.
- Mack Dinopoulos assisted on both SU goals.
- Jordan Brooks and McKenzie Mitchell tallied the goals for the Sea Gulls.
- Dom Farrace made eight saves in goal.
- Before the game, Salisbury honored Farrace and Rebecca Lloyd for Senior Night.
ROWAN GAME NOTES
- Rowan held a 15-3 advantage in shots and a 10-6 edge in penalty corners.
- Rachel Stone, Julia Patrone and Kristiina Castagnola scored for the Profs.
- Salisbury concludes the regular season on the road at Newport News, Va. against Christopher Newport on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
- Push back in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference clash is set for 6 p.m.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 184 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
To learn more about the tradition of excellence with Sea Gull Athletics, visit www.SUSeaGulls.com or on social media @SUSeaGulls.