EWING, N.J. – The third-ranked Salisbury women's lacrosse team held off a late surge by the No. 5/6 TCNJ Lions to take a 15-12 road win on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Lauren Valenti opened the game with a goal in the first 31 seconds of the game.
- The Lions tied the game with a tally from Ally Tobler
- The Sea Gulls responded with a three-goal run, capped off by a Lydia McNulty goal that gave SU the 4-1 lead.
- The Lions answered the run with a short two-goal run of their own before the Sea Gulls went on another three-goal run in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead. The run was highlighted by a goal from Camryn Pepper on an Emma Skoglund assist.
- The Lions added a goal before the break on a free-position from Natalie Berry to reduce the Sea Gull lead to three, 7-4, at the half.
- Salisbury came out of halftime locker room on fire with a five-goal explosion that pushed the lead to 12-4 with three minutes left in the third quarter. During the run, Pepper tallied three of SU's five goals.
- TCNJ chipped away at the SU lead, scoring five of the game's next six goals to cut the deficit to 13-9 at the midway point of the fourth.
- McNulty gave Salisbury added insurance with back-to-back goals a minute apart to push the SU lead to 15-9 with five minutes left in regulation.
- TCNJ tallied three goals to cut the lead to three, 15-12, but the Salisbury defense held tight to seal the victory.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Lydia McNulty led the Sea Gulls with a season-high six goals.
- Camryn Pepper set a new career-high in points with six and matched her personal best with four tallies.
- Emma Skoglund tallied three points on a goal and two assists.
- Erin Scannell finished with a goal and an assist.
- Natalie Held caused a team-high three turnovers.
- Delaney Hill finished with a game-high six draw controls.
- Mary Claire Hisle earned the win in net with 10 saves.
TCNJ GAME NOTES
- Jennifer LaRocca led the Lions with six points on a hat trick and three assists.
- Anna Devlin secured a team-high four draw controls.
- Madison Wernik scooped up a game-high six ground balls.
- Wayden Ay led the Lion defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
- Julia Charest started in goal for the Lions with six saves.
- Salisbury will host the St. Mary's Seahawks on Wednesday, April 27.
- Game time is set for 4 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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