Second-Half Barrage Carries #3 Salisbury by Elizabethtown

SALISBURY, Md. - Fans of the Salisbury University women's lacrosse team got an unexpected surprise on Saturday afternoon as inclement weather in the Pennsylvania area forced a road game against Elizabethtown College to be moved to Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls made the most of their home-field advantage, blowing the game open in the second half to defeat the Blue Jays, 20-8.

The maroon and gold opened up scoring in the second minute of play off of an unassisted Kim Cudmore (Bel Air, Md.) goal. The senior attacker would go on to score her second goal of the game with just under nine minutes to play in the half to give Salisbury (4-0, 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference) a 6-3 advantage; undeterred, the Blue Jays (0-1) responded with three-straight goals to even the score with 2:25 left to play in the first half.

The Sea Gulls refused to go into the second half with a deficit, though, quickly netting two goals within nine seconds of each other to take an 8-6 lead into halftime. Salisbury outshot Elizabethtown 22-11 in the first half; junior goalkeeper Julie Ann Caulfield (Drexel Hill, Pa.) played almost 28 minutes of the half, making two saves.

Senior attacker Beth Rhodey (Fallston, Md.) would add to the Sea Gull lead just 35 seconds into the second half, giving Salisbury a three-goal advantage; two minutes later, she dished out an assist to senior midfielder Jess Chmielewski (Woodbine, Md.) who netted Salisbury's 10th goal of the game. Twenty-seven seconds later, junior attacker Meagan Osipowich (Hauppage, N.Y.) shot the ball past Blue Jay goalkeeper Rachael Waldman (11 saves) to stretch Salisbury's lead to five goals.

It was Salisbury's game from that point on, as the Sea Gulls outscored the Blue Jays 12-2 in the second half to seal the victory. Three Salisbury goalkeepers, including Caulfield, as well as freshmen Ali Meeks (Pasadena, Md.) and Keli Berkman (Salisbury, Md.) saw time in between the pipes for the Sea Gulls. Berkman played for only 11 minutes, at the end of the second half, but notched a team-high five saves and did not allow a single Blue Jay goal to preserve Salisbury's 12-goal advantage. Rhodey finished with a game-high four goals.

The win marks Salisbury's fourth straight; 12 different Sea Gulls scored goals in the victory.

Salisbury's next contest will be on the road, against Virginia Wesleyan College, on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. The maroon and gold's next home game will be on March 6 at 1:00 p.m. against Catholic University.


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