WASHINGTON D.C. – The No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team used an explosive first half to take down the No. 13 Catholic Cardinals, 13-4, on Saturday afternoon at Carlini Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Camryn Pepper got the attack going early when she found the back of the net to get the Sea Gulls on the board first with just over 13 minutes left in the first quarter.
- A few possessions later, Meridith Price scored a pair of goals within two minutes of each other to put the Sea Gulls up 3-0 with 5:05 to go in the first.
- With just under a minute left in the opening quarter, Erin Scannell scored on a free position shot to put Salisbury up 4-0 after the first.
- The Sea Gulls didn't let up in the second as Pepper and Lydia McNulty came out and scored two more goals to cap the Salisbury scoring run and make it 6-0 with 12:28 on the clock.
- A few minutes later, Catholic got on the board after Riley Cherkes and Grace Hill scored back-to-back goals to cut into the lead and make it 6-2.
- Salisbury finished out the half on a 3-0 run with a goal from McNulty and two more from Scannell, completing the latter's hat trick, to send the Sea Gulls into halftime with a 9-2 lead.
- The third quarter started off with a goal from Lily Cavallaro that extended the Salisbury lead to eight just three minutes in. After jockeying for the ball on both sides of the field, Kate Olsen got on the board for Catholic to make it 10-3. The rest of the third saw both teams trade possessions and shots, but the quarter ended with that score.
- Catholic added their last goal of the day after Madeline Kelly found the back of the net just two minutes into the final quarter.
- The Sea Gulls ended the day on a 3-0 run with goals from Anna Robinson, Emma Skoglund and Price. Price's goal on a free position shot completed her own hat trick with six minutes left in the game, giving the match its final score of 13-4.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Erin Scannell recorded her second hat trick in as many games. She scored three goals on just three shots for a perfect shot on goal percentage. Scannell also picked up one ground ball.
- Meredith Price matched Scannell after she scored three goals of her own on three shots. Price also scooped up two ground balls and caused a turnover on her day.
- Camryn Pepper scored twice for the Sea Gulls and grabbed a team-high four ground balls.
- Lydia McNulty also scored two goals.
- Delaney Hill caused a game-high three turnovers and snagged three groundballs in her efforts.
- Anna Robinson and Emma Skoglund registered two points each after they both scored a goal and notched an assist.
- Mary Claire Hisle earned the win in goal, recording eight saves on 12 shots faced.
- Salisbury outshot Catholic 30-17.
CATHOLIC GAME NOTES
- The Cardinals' four different goals were scored by four different players.
- Grace Hill recorded a team-high two points after she scored a goal and dished out the lone assist for the Cardinals. Hill also scooped up a game-high five groundballs.
- Rachel Searle had eight saves on 21 shots faced in goal.
- Salisbury will host the No. 5 Washington & Lee Generals in the Sea Gulls' home opener on Saturday, Feb. 26.
- The game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium with coverage on the Sea Gull Sports Network (SGSN) beginning at 11:45 a.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, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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