March 26, 2011

York Makes No. 1 Salisbury Sweat in 12-10 Loss

from press release

– Less than 24 hours after suffering its first loss of the season, a heartbreaking 11-10 double overtime decision at seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall University, the top-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team bounced back with a 12-10 win against Capital Athletic Conference opponent York (Pa.) College on Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The Sea Gulls (10-1, 4-0 CAC) seemed to have some difficulty getting into the groove, though, and York (7-2, 2-2 CAC) took full advantage of the opportunity by netting the first goal of the contest just two minutes in. Salisbury answered back by reeling off the next five goals in just over six minutes to take a 5-1 lead, but the Spartans slowly chipped away at the Sea Gull advantage and entered the second half trailing by just three goals.

Salisbury was a perfect 5-for-5 in clears in the first half, outshooting York 16-9 and winning 8-of-14 draw controls. The maroon and gold's eighth and final goal of the half came off the stick of sophomore midfielder Kara Koolage; the free-position score was her first goal of the season.

York began its offensive onslaught as the clock dwindled in the second half, led by Spartan Kim Wayson (five goals), to shave the Sea Gull lead to just two goals with two minutes remaining in the contest. With the score reading 12-10 in Salisbury's favor, the Sea Gulls slowed down the pace to preserve the hard-fought victory.

Both teams totaled 11 shots in the second half – bringing the total to 27-20 in favor of Salisbury – though York outscored the Sea Gulls 5-4 in the final 30 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Lauren Feusahrens, sophomore attacker Katie Bollhorst and senior attacker Trish DiGirolomo each netted two goals.

The maroon and gold continue their streak of five conference games on Tuesday, March 29, as they hit the road to square off against Hood College. The first draw control is set for 4 p.m.

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