#1 Salisbury Wins CAC Battle vs. #20 Stevenson

SALISBURY, Md. The No. 1-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team picked up a 19-12 Capital Athletic Conference victory over No. 20 Stevenson University on Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.

The Sea Gulls (9-0, 3-0 CAC) opened up the contest with a goal by junior midfielder Alyssa Fowler off an assist from senior attacker Trish DiGirolomo. Salisbury extended the lead to 5-0, before Stevenson reeled off three straight goals to close the lead to 5-3.

The maroon and gold responded with seven consecutive goals, including three from senior midfielder Aileen McCausland. The Mustangs (5-3, 2-1 CAC) ended the half with a goal from Emily Gartrell off an assist from Lisa Baker to bring the score to 12-4 at the break.

Following a Stevenson goal to open up the second stanza, Salisbury struck back with three goals to push the lead to 15-5 in favor of the hosts. Over the final 19 minutes of play, the Mustangs outscored the Sea Gulls 7-4 to bring the score to its final at 19-12.

Sophomore midfielder Roxanne Raab posted a career-high six points to pace the Sea Gulls; the Fallston, Md., native scored three goals and handed out a personal-best three assists. McCausland, junior midfielder Allie Wheatley and sophomore midfielder Lauren Feusahrens each recorded three goals in the contest. DiGirolomo scored one goal and dished out four assists in the victory.

The Mustangs received a team-high five points from Leah Warner, as she scored four goals and tallied one assist. Lisa Baker followed closely behind with three goals and one helper.

The Sea Gulls are set to hit the road this Friday for a pivotal non-conference contest at No. 4 Franklin & Marshall College. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.

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SALISBURY, Md. - A 7-1 run over the final 11 minutes of the first half proved to be the difference as the No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Salisbury women's lacrosse team held off a late Stevenson rally en route to a 19-12 victory Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The loss was the third for the Mustangs (5-3, 1-1 CAC) this season, all of which have come to teams ranked in the top 20 of the IWLCA Division III Poll, including two in the top five.

Led by two goals from Alyssa Fowler, the Sea Gulls scored the game's first five goals to take a 5-0 advantage with 17:02 remaining in the first half before Stevenson rallied with goals from freshman Leah Warner (Pasadena/Northeast), freshman Marissa Meiklejohn (Glen Burnie/Old Mill) and senior Lisa Baker (Westminster/Westminster).

With Salisbury leading 5-3, Aileen McCausland scored the first of seven-straight goals with 10:43 remaining in the first half that gave the Sea Gulls a nine-goal advantage with just under four minutes left. McCausland scored all three of her goals during the run while Roxanne Raab had two goals and one assist.

Salisbury (9-0, 3-0 CAC) scored three of the first four goals of the second half to take its largest lead of the game at 15-5 with 19:39 to play before Stevenson started a rally, scoring seven of the next 10 goals to pull within four at 18-12.

However, after Warner tied her career-high with her fourth goal and fifth point of the game, there was only 2:33 remaining and after Raab picked up her career-high sixth point with 1:29 to play, the Sea Gulls sealed their 52nd consecutive CAC victory.

Warner also had five points with four goals and one assist in a 17-3 CAC victory at Wesley on March 2. Baker finished with three goals and one assist while Meiklejohn tied her career-high with three goals, also set at Wesley on March 2.

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