Feusahrens Helps No. 2 Sea Gulls Wing Past No. 15 Eagles

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. 15th-ranked Mary Washington dropped 17-9 decision to second-ranked Salisbury on Thursday at the Battleground. The Eagles fall to 4-2 on the year, with losses to the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the nation.

The Eagles started strong defensively in the game, as neither team scored in the opening 10 minutes, and the score was tied at 2-2 after goals from senior All-Americans Allie Kimmelman and Catherine Kennedy. The Sea Gulls then took over, scoring eight of the game's next nine goals, with Kimmelman adding another goal to interrupt the run.

The Eagles then scored three of the next four goals, including two from Kennedy and one from Kimmelman, to cut the deficit to 11-6 with 16:52 to play. The Sea Gulls scored the next four goals to push the margin to 15-6 with 12:11 remaining. Kennedy, Kimmelman, and Jenna Petrucelli each scored in the final minutes of the game to move the final to 17-9.

Salisbury led in shots, 32-19, and in ground balls, 19-13. The Eagles held a lead in draw controls, 15-12. Junior Kathryn Stiltz had seven saves in 32 minutes and freshman Taylor Paige added four stops in the remainder of the contest.

Kimmelman led UMW with four goals and three assists, while Kennedy added four goals as well. Lauren Feusahrens led Salisbury with five goals and two assists.

The Eagles will return to action on Saturday when they visit Frostburg State University in another conference game starting at 4:00 p.m.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. No. 2 Salisbury is looking to extend its dominance in conference play to a decade and started that quest with a convincing 17-9 win against No. 15 Mary Washington Wednesday afternoon.

For the third consecutive contest, junior Lauren Feusahrens has either set or matched her career high in points, this time setting a new high mark with seven points against the Eagles to lead the Salisbury (5-0) attack. The midfielder needed only the first half to match her career-high marks, netting four goals and dishing out two assists in the first 30 minutes of play. For the game, Feusahrens netted five goals and added two assists, giving her 18 goals and seven assists on the season.

Junior Katie Bollhorst netted three goals of her own and added three assists, giving her nine goals and 19 assists on the year. The attacker leads the team with 28 points so far this year. She also collected a career-high three ground balls in the contest.

The first 16 minutes of the contest was a seesaw battle between the two Capital Athletic Conference rivals. Feusahrens got the Sea Gulls on the board at the 19:59 mark in the first half on a free-position shot but was matched just 38 seconds later by Catherine Kennedy of Mary Washington (4-2) to knot the score at a goal apiece. Fourty-four seconds later, senior Carrie Bray put the Sea Gulls back ahead, 2-1. After a Mary Washington goal at the 14:08 mark, senior Alyssa Fowler scored 42 seconds later to put the Sea Gulls up 3-2.

After Fowler's goal, Feusehrens scored twice, once unassisted and the other with an assist from sophomore Shannon Carta to give Salisbury some breathing room at 5-2 with 7:06 remaining in the first half. After the Eagles Allie Kimmelman netted her second goal of the half to bring the score to 5-3, Salisbury ended the half with four unanswered goals to go into the half up, 9-3.

The scoreboard reflected Salisbury's overall control of the first half. The Sea Gulls outshot Mary Washington, 18-11, and collected five more ground balls than the Eagles. Mary Washington held a 7-6 edge in draw controls but were not able to translate that into success on the scoreboard.

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