March 10, 2012

Wheatley, No. 5 Salisbury Rock W&L

from press release

– Senior midfielder Allie Wheatley matched a career high by scoring five goals as the No. 5 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team defeated No. 13 Washington and Lee University, 19-3, Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.

Junior Lauren Feusahrens matched her career-high mark in goals for her third consecutive contest, netting four goals against the Generals. Feusahrens tied her career best in points by adding two assists, a mark that was set a game ago against No. 3 State University of New York at Cortland. Feusahrens is second on the team in total points with 18 – having scored 13 goals and dishing out five assists so far this year.

From the opening seconds of the game, Salisbury (4-0) was in control. Junior Kara Koolage won the game's opening draw control, sprinted downfield and put the Sea Gulls on the board just nine seconds into the contest. From that point forward, the Sea Gull attack was non-stop against the Generals.

Feusahrens scored just 1:06 after the Koolage goal, putting Salisbury ahead 2-0. Washington and Lee (3-2) answered with a gola from Katie Hagan off a free position shot to make it 2-1, but that was as close as the Generals came to getting the scoreboard back to even.

Allie Wheatley responded with a goal with 21:54 remaining in the first half, the first of eight unanswered goals by the Sea Gulls. She bookended the Salisbury run with her third tally of the contest just 1:03 into the second half to give Salisbury a commanding 10-1 lead. With her five goals in the contest, Allie Wheatley leads the team with 17 on the year.

Aiding the Sea Gull attack in the first half was the ride by the Salisbury attackers and midfielders, holding Washington and Lee to 3-of-10 on clearing attempts in the first half, creating a quick turnaround from defense back on the attack. Salisbury also controlled the ground game, collecting five more ground balls than the Generals in the first half and keeping that margin throughout the remainder of the contest.

Sophomore Ashton Wheatley made a career-high 11 saves in the game to anchor the Salisbury defense, holding the Generals to 2-of-9 on free position opportunities. She also matched a career-high with four ground balls scooped up.

Junior Katie Bollhorst added to her team-high season point total, registering two goals and adding three assists. The five-point game pushes Bollhorst's total to 20 points on the season.

Salisbury is set to open its Capital Athletic Conference schedule, facing the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., on Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The Sea Gulls return home to face Elizabethtown (Pa.) College on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.

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