SALISBURY, Md. – Buoyed by a seven-point performance from Lydia McNulty, the top-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team cruised to a 15-7 win over the 13th-ranked St. John Fisher Cardinals on Friday night under the lights in Sea Gull Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Two minutes into the game, Lydia McNulty struck first for Salisbury after converting on a free-position shot.
- On the next Sea Gull possession, Emma Skoglund beat her defender on the crease and found the back of the net to give Salisbury a 2-0 with 12:03 left in the first.
- Bianca Giacona scored the first goal for St. John Fisher just 30 seconds later.
- Erin Scannell scored her first goal of the day after she dodged two Cardinals defenders and beat the goalie one-on-one to make it 3-1.
- After a Cardinals goal by Brittany Halpin, McNulty scored her second of the day on another free-position shot to make it 4-2 with just under six minutes to play in the first.
- Halpin rounded out the scoring in the first after a nifty shot slipped past the keeper to make it 4-3 after one.
- After a few good defensive stands by both teams, Halpin scored her third goal of the day for Fisher at the 11:24 mark in the second quarter to tie the game at four.
- Lily Cavallaro got on the board for Salisbury on its next possession after McNulty found her cutting in front of the goal. Cavallaro's goal sparked a 6-0 run to round out the second quarter to give Salisbury the 10-4 lead.
- Coming out of halftime, Salisbury tacked on two more goals from Cavallaro and Scannell to push the run to 8-0 and extend the lead to 12-4 in the 35th minute.
- Sydney Carpenter stifled the run with a goal at the 8:26 mark of the third quarter to make it 12-5.
- The Sea Gulls answered with a 3-0 run with goals from Hill, Cavallaro and Camryn Pepper to finish the quarter and give Salisbury it's largest lead of the day, 15-5.
- Kathleen Salanger and Carpenter scored two more goals for Fisher, but the lead was too much to overcome and the Sea Gulls cruised to the 15-7 win.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Lydia McNulty tallied a season-high seven points on five goals and two assists.
- Erin Scannell and Lily Cavallaro both scored three goals. Scannell added three ground balls to her line while Cavallaro caused one turnover.
- Delaney Hill added three points from two goals and an assist.
- Camryn Pepper scored a goal and had one assist.
- Elizabeth Hesen scooped up a game-high four ground balls and caused a turnover.
- Caroline McKenna grabbed two ground balls, five draw controls and caused a turnover.
- Mary Claire Hisle earned the win in goal and recorded seven saves on 14 shots faced.
- Salisbury outshot Fisher 29-18.
FISHER GAME NOTES
- Brittany Halpin scored a team-high three goals.
- Sydney Carpenter scored two goals on three shots.
- Lily Goodsell recorded eight saves on 23 shots faced.
- Hannah King caused a game-high three turnovers.
- Salisbury will finish its three-game homestand when they host the No. 21 Cortland Red Dragons on Saturday, March 19.
- The contest is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury.
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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