No. 1 Salisbury Takes Tough Battle from No. 18 Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Trailing 10-3 less than two minutes into the second half, Stevenson scored six of the game's next seven goals, including three from junior Megan Weiss (Odenton/Seton), but No. 1 Salisbury netted three of the final four and held on for a 14-10 victory over the 18th-ranked Mustangs Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

The loss was the first in the last seven at home for Stevenson (8-4, 3-2 CAC) who held the Sea Guls to their third-lowest output of the season.

Weiss and senior Lauren Zegowitz (Gaithersburg/Damascus) combined for seven of the Mustangs' 10 goals, including five of their seven in the second half.

With three points, Weiss now has 99 for her career. She scored all three of her goals in a span of 2:22 in the second half as Stevenson scored four-straight to rally from a six-goal deficit and pull within two with over 14 minutes remaining.

Weiss started the run with her first goal on a free position at 16:34 before senior Kristyna Hnizda (Manchester/North Carroll) added her lone tally at 14:55. Weiss then followed with back-to-back goals just 24 seconds apart as the Mustangs totaled three goals in a span of only 43 seconds.

Salisbury (12-0, 4-0 CAC) maintained its two goal advantage after Zegowitz's fourth goal of the contest with 5:55 left and sealed its 47th-straight CAC victory after goals by Trish DiGirolomo and Logan Bilderback in the final 3:16.

Stevenson held a 34-33 edge in shots, 17-9 advantage in draw controls and committed 13 less fouls then the Sea Gulls, but could not overcome a six-goal first half deficit in which it totaled 10 turnovers and was 5 of 9 on clears.

The Mustangs managed to stay within striking distance due to the play of sophomore Jenny Schroeder (Severna Park/Seton Keough) who made seven of her 11 saves in the half while facing 21 Salisbury shots.

DiGirolomo had a game-high six points for the Sea Gulls while Aileen McCausland had four goals and Kim Cudmore finished with one goal and two assists. Julie Ann Caulfield had nine saves before Keli Berkman made two over the final 12:30 to preserve the win.

Stevenson hosts St. Mary's (Md.) next Saturday on Senior Day.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. The No. 1-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team captured a 14-10 Capital Athletic Conference victory over No. 18 Stevenson University on Saturday. The win marks the Sea Gulls' fifth victory over a nationally ranked program this season.

The Sea Gulls (13-0, 5-0 CAC) opened up the contest with an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Aileen McCausland (Phoenix, Md.) in the game's 24th minute. The Mustangs (8-4, 3-2 CAC) answered back less than a minute later to even up the score before the Gulls went on an 8-0 scoring streak over the next 15 minutes.

During that span, junior attacker Trish DiGirolomo (Davidsonville, Md.) scored two goals and dished out one assist, while sophomore midfielder Allie Wheatley (Cambridge, Md.) tallied a pair of goals. Stevenson ended the run with an unassisted goal by Spencer Kraus, and tallied another before the end of the first half to bring the score to 9-3 at the break.

The two teams would each score two goals over the first 10 minutes of play in the second half, with Salisbury getting its goals from McCausland off a pair of assists from DiGirolomo. Over the next six minutes, the Mustangs cut into the lead with a four-goal run that forced SU head coach Jim Nestor to call a timeout following a Stevenson goal that brought the score to 11-9.

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