LYNCHBURG, Va. – Powered by a pair of Molly Reardon goals in the fourth quarter and overtime, the Salisbury University field hockey overcame a first-quarter deficit to advance in the 2021 NCAA Championship Tournament with a 3-2 first-round victory over the Lynchburg Hornets on Wednesday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury looked the get on the board in the seventh minute on a penalty corner. Three SU shots on the corner were turned away in front of the cage by Kayla Brady.
- Lynchburg put away the opening goal in the 12th minute when Brooke Hyland's slap shot snuck by Dom Farrace.
- After Brady turned away several Salisbury chances in the early stages of the second, Salisbury found an equalizer in the 27th minute. McKenzie Mitchell dribbled around the Lynchburg defense and buried a shot past Brady to nod the game at one.
- The game wasn't tied long as Emily Yanes gave Lynchburg the 2-1 lead heading to halftime with a redirect on the initial Jackie Lerro shot.
- Salisbury tied the game at two a minute into the fourth quarter. McKenzie Jamison forced a turnover in the midfield and pushed the ball over on a counter-attack to Allie Davis. Davis passed the ball across the goal line on the breakaway to Molly Reardon, who put away the one-timer to tie the game at two.
- It didn't take long into the overtime to send the Sea Gulls off to Baltimore. Reardon got the ball in the circle following a restart and beat Brady on a one-on-one to complete the comeback.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Salisbury tallied 19 shots, including 16 on goal.
- The Sea Gulls also recorded 10 penalty corners.
- Molly Reardon scored a pair of goals, all in the second half. It was Reardon's first multi-goal performance of her career.
- McKenzie Mitchell scored a goal on four shots. Mitchell has scored in five of the past six games for the Sea Gulls.
- Allie Davis notched an assist on Reardon's fourth-quarter goal.
- Dom Farrace recorded two saves to collect the win.
LYNCHBURG GAME NOTES
- Lynchburg had 10 shots and six penalty corners in the game.
- Kayla Brady made 13 saves for the Hornets.
- Jackie Lerro registered two assists.
- Brooke Hyland and Emily Yanes each scored a goal.
- Salisbury will head to Baltimore to take on the second-ranked Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on Saturday, Nov. 13.
- The game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start at Homewood Field.
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, 186 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.