April 15, 2009

Winds Favor Top-Ranked Salisbury

from press release

SALISBURY, Md. - Strong winds along with persistent rain showers forced the temperature to drop below 40 degrees Wednesday as top-ranked Salisbury University won a 15-4 bone chilling Capital Athletic Conference game against University of Mary Washington before 50 brave fans at Sea Gull Stadium.  

Salisbury (15-1, 7-0 CAC) completes a perfect conference regular-season and locks up the top seed in next week's CAC tournament. The Sea Gulls have won six straight conference titles, eight overall. SU will enter the tournament with a 56-game conference winning streak. Mary Washington (11-6, 5-2 CAC) will enter the CAC tournament as the No. 3 seed.

SU sophomore attacker Meagan Osipowich established a new career-high as the Hauppauge, N.Y., native scored five goals. Fellow sophomore Logan Bilderback had a strong day for SU as she finished with one goal and three assists. Senior Robyn Bishop (one assist) and junior Beth Rhodey each scored two goals for the maroon and gold. Seniors Holly Johnson, Ashleigh Gender, Courtney Sorenson and freshmen Amanda Holsclaw and Georgi Porter each scored one goal.

Senior goalie Sonja Stuart tied her career-high with 13 saves. Stuart made 13 saves in last season's CAC championship game against St. Mary's (Md.) College on April 25. The Rockville, Md., native caused three turnovers and had a team-high five ground balls. Her performance comes on the heels of being named player of the week by three different organizations this week.

The Eagles were paced by Katie Wallis' two goals while Allie Kimmelman (one goal, one assist) and Ellen Bikowski (one goal) each contributed one goal apiece. Goalie Danni Guigli suffered the loss for UMW as the freshman finished with nine saves in 60 minutes of action. Midfielder Jenny Atmar scooped up a team-high five ground balls.

SU outshot UMW 31-25, scooped up 22 ground balls, won 12-of-21 draw controls and converted 17-of-28 clear attempts.

As the No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament the Sea Gulls receive a first round bye and will face the winner of Saturday's quarterfinal game between fourth-seed Stevenson University (9-6, 4-3 CAC) and fifth-seed Marymount (Va.) University (6-7, 3-4 CAC). SU will host the CAC semifinal game on Tuesday, April 21. No game time has been determined at this time.

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