No. 2 Salisbury Routs No. 20 Stevenson in CAC Semifinals

SALISBURY, Md. The No. 2-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team squared off against Stevenson University in a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal tournament match, coming away with a resounding 18-6 victory. With the win, the Sea Gulls move onto the championship game. They are just one victory away from capturing the program's eighth consecutive (10th overall) CAC championship.

Senior attack Beth Rhodey (Fallston, Md.) was the player to watch in the first half as she dished out an astounding four of Salisbury's seven goals, including the opening score in the third minute of play. Senior attack Kim Cudmore (Bel Air, Md.) chipped in two goals and one assist in the first 30 minutes of the game. The top-seeded maroon and gold (16-1) entered halftime with a 7-2 advantage, outshooting the No. 4-seeded Mustangs (10-6) 20-10.

In the second half, Salisbury wasted no time adding to its scoring totals as Cudmore netted another goal in the 32nd minute of the game. One notable tally came off of a shot from sophomore midfielder Allie Wheatley (Cambridge, Md.), who ripped the ball past Mustang goalkeeper Jenny Schroeder with 24:24 left on the clock to register her 24th goal of the season. Senior midfielder Jessica Chmielewski (Woodbine, Md.) was also a key Sea Gull player in the win as she netted four goals; three of those goals came in the second half. Rhodey finished the contest with a game-high five goals.

Between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Julie Ann Caulfield (three saves) earned the win for the maroon and gold. Freshman keeper Keli Berkman (Salisbury, Md.) also saw time in the cage, netting two saves.

The other semifinal match-up of the night, against the University of Mary Washington and St. Mary's (Md.) College, was a close contest. Ultimately, Mary Washington prevailed with a 15-14 victory, scoring on a free-position goal with just 22 seconds left to play in the game. The No.2-seeded Eagles will now travel to Sea Gull Stadium to face the Gulls on Friday, April 23.

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SALISBURY, Md. - Stevenson women's lacrosse senior Kristyna Hnizda (Manchester/North Carroll) became the second player to score her 100th career point this season as the 20th-ranked Mustangs fell to No. 2 Salisbury Tuesday night at Sea Gull Stadium in the semifinals of the CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship, 18-6.

The loss marked the third-straight year that Stevenson (10-6) has lost at Salisbury in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Hnizda scored her 94th career goal less than three minutes into the game and just 43 seconds after Beth Rhodey scored to give the Sea Gulls a 1-0 lead.

However, Salisbury (16-1) scored the game's next five goals, including three by Rhodey and two from Kid Cudmore who also had an assist during the run, to take a commanding 6-1 advantage with 14:03 left in the first half.

Both teams exchanged goals over the final 10 minutes and the Sea Gulls led 7-2 at halftime after holding a 20-10 margin in shots and a 9-5 edge in ground balls.

The Mustangs tallied two of the first three goals to start the second half on back-to-back scores by senior Brittany Connelly (Catonsville/Catonsville) and sophomore Spencer Kraus (Mt. Airy/South Carroll) to cut their deficit to 8-4, but that would be as close as they would get as Salisbury scored 10 of the game's last 12 goals to advance to the CAC championship game for the eighth consecutive year.

Kraus and junior Megan Weiss (Odenton/Seton), who scored her 100th career point against St. Mary's (Md.) on April 10, both finished with two points while Hnizda, Connelly and senior Lauren Zegowitz (Gaithersburg/Damascus) each had one.

Freshman Jenny Schroeder (Severna Park/Severna Park) totaled eight saves and four ground balls while Zegowitz and sophomore Lauren Taguding (Baltimore/Towson) each had three caused turnovers.

Jessica Chmielewski had six points to lead the Sea Gulls while Cudmore and Rhodey both finished with five.

Stevenson concludes the regular season next Thursday, April 29 at Elizabethtown.


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