Feusahrens Nets Six as No. 1 Salisbury Wins at No. 13 York

YORK, Pa. After claiming the top spot in the Division III national rankings earlier this week, Salisbury now controls its own destiny atop of the Capital Athletic Conference standings following a 16-8 win at No. 13 York (Pa.) College.

Junior Lauren Feusahrens put the Sea Gulls on her back, leading the Salisbury (12-0, 5-0 CAC) attack with six goals all in the first half, which matches her previous career-high mark.

Senior Amanda Holsclaw got the Sea Gulls are the board just 48 seconds into the game, but York (11-3, 6-1 CAC) answered less than nine minutes later, with Leah Schultz scoring on a free-position shot. With 17:11 remaining in the first half, York's Jenna Hiponia gave her team its only lead of the afternoon, 2-1.

The Spartans were able to capitalize on some sloppy play by the Sea Gulls early in the contest, but sophomore goalie Ashton Wheatley and the Salisbury defense were able to weather the Spartan storm. In the first 13 minutes of the contest, the Sea Gulls committed five turnovers and were outshot 7-2 as Wheatley made stops on two York free-position shots.

Following Hiponia's goal, the Sea Gulls took control of the contest and never looked back. Feusahrens scored just 26 seconds later for the second tie score of the contest. Less than two minutes later, she scored her second goal of the game to give the Sea Gulls the lead for good.

Including Feusahrens' two goals, Salisbury scored nine-straight goals for a 10-2 lead. During the run, which lasted 13:36, Feusahrens netted five of her goals, junior Katie Bollhorst scored twice, Holsclaw added her second of the game and senior Alyssa Fowler scored with 3:09 remaining in the first half to cap the run. After a York goal with 2:33 remaining in the half, Feusahrens added her sixth of the first half with just eight seconds remaining before the break for an 11-3 Salisbury lead.

The second half was a seesaw battle, with the Sea Gulls keeping a comfortable lead throughout. With 23:09 remaining in the game, Schultz's second goal of the contest pulled the Spartans within seven but they were unable to pull any closer. Wheatley stopped nine York shots in the contest to make the Sea Gull lead stand.

Senior Allie Wheatley netted a goal in the contest while Bollhorst had two assists in the contest, giveing her 78 for her career and sole possession of seventh place on the Sea Gulls' career assist list. With 41 assists on the year, Bollhorst moves into a tie for sixth place on the single season assist list with Jess Chmielewski (2008).

The York attack was led by Schultz, who netted a team-high three goals for the Spartans.

The Sea Gulls are now two games into a five-game roadtrip and head next to Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, April 11 to face-off against Marymount (Va.) University. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.

2012-04-07



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