April 11, 2009

Salisbury Beats Another "One"; Handle TCNJ

from press releases

SALISBURY, Md. - The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team defeated their second No. 1 team this season as the Sea Gulls defeated top-ranked The College of New Jersey, 11-6, on a cold and rainy Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

Junior Beth Rhodey, the reigning Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week, scored a game-high five goals and added one assist to pace the Sea Gulls (14-1). Senior Robyn Bishop (one assist) netted three goals, two in a pivotal 4-0 run to begin the second half where SU jumped out to a 9-4 lead with 15 minutes left in the game.

Salisbury's defense rose to the challenge against one of the top scoring teams in the country. Senior goalie Sonja Stuart (13-1) matched her season-high save total with 11 stops against the Lions. She made 11 saves against third-ranked Franklin & Marshall College on March 29. Senior Sarah Maggio and junior Maddie Goetz led the defense in front of Stuart as they held TCNJ's leading scorer Alison Jaeger (42 goals for the season) to one assist.

TCNJ (10-1) entered the game with the No. 1 defense in Division III with a 5.67 goals against allowed per game but surrendered a season-high 11 goals to Salisbury. Sophomore goalie Mary Waller suffered the loss in between the pipes for the Lions as she made five saves.

Rhodey scored the game's first two goals just four minutes and 18 seconds into the contest. TCNJ responded with three straight goals, two from Robin Deehan (four goals), to take a 3-2 lead. That was the only lead for the Lions in the game. SU scored three of the final four goals of the half to take a 5-4 lead into the half. Salisbury's three goals came from seniors Ashleigh Gender, Bishop and Courtney Sorenson.

Salisbury outscored TCNJ 6-2 in the second half as Bishop scored twice and Rhodey netted three. The other goal was scored by sophomore Meagan Osipowich.

The Sea Gulls outshot the Lions 22-20, scooped up 22 ground balls and made 16-of-22 clear attempts as the maroon and gold received a strong team effort in the win. SU scored three free position goals, all in the second half. TCNJ won 10-of-19 draw controls.

This is Salisbury's third straight win over TCNJ in a series that has been dominated by the Lions. In the past seven matchups SU has won four. TCNJ won the previous 19 meetings as the Lions hold a 21-5 record against Salisbury. TCNJ had to forfeit a game against SU in 1992.
The victory completes a sweep of last year's final four teams. Salisbury beat defending national champion Hamilton College 12-9 on March 18 in San Antonio, Texas. The Continentals were ranked No. 1 in that game. SU followed that with a 10-9 road win over No. 3 Franklin & Marshall College on March 29.

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