March 7, 2012

No. 5 Salisbury Tops No. 3 Cortland

from press release

– Junior Lauren Feusahrens led the Sea Gull offensive attack with a career-high six points as the No. 5 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team defeated No. 3 State University of New York at Cortland, 12-11, Wednesday evening at Sea Gull Stadium.

Feusahrens netted four goals in the contest and had two assists. The four goals tied her previous high, which was set just one game ago, and the two assists sets a new career-high mark.

Senior Allie Wheatley added four goals for Salisbury (3-0), and leads the team with 12 on the year. Classmates Alyssa Fowler, with three goals, and Carrie Bray, with a single tally, were the other goal scorers for the Sea Gulls.

Junior Katie Bollhorst orchestrated the Sea Gull offensive attack, dishing out two assists, giving her a team-high 11 so far this year. Bollhorst has four goals to her credit and leads Salisbury with 15 points.

Sophomore Ashton Wheatley anchored the Salisbury defense, stopping four shots and collecting a career-high four ground balls. Twice the Red Dragons were playing with a man advantage, only to be stymied by the Salisbury defense. The Sea Gulls caused 12 Cortland (1-1) turnovers and were successful clearing the ball 9-of-11 times. Freshman Dominique Dipino scooped up a career-high three ground balls in the Sea Gull defensive third.

Salisbury held an advantage in nearly every statistical category in the first half, including a 10-6 lead going into the break. The Sea Gulls outshot Cortland 19-14 in the first period, collected two more ground balls and held an 11-6 edge in draw controls.

Cortland opened the second-half scoring just three minutes into the period to cut the Sea Gull lead to three. After goals by Fowler and Allie Wheatley, Salisbury seemed in command with a five-goal lead with 20:59 remaining, but the Red Dragons began to mount a comeback.

Cortland's Erin Kollar netted back-to-back goals and Marilyn Farrell cut the Salisbury lead to 12-10, netting a goal with 4:38 remaining in the game.

Maria Di Fato capped the Cortland scoring, bringing the Red Dragons within one goal with 1:39 left in the contest. In the end, the Sea Gulls were able to control the ball, aided by a crucial draw control win by junior Kara Koolage, following Di Fato's goal, and eventually were able to run out the clock and preserve a hard-fought win.

The Sea Gulls next take on No. 13 Washington & Lee University at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m.

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