Washington & Lee Falls to Second-Ranked Salisbury

LEXINGTON, Va. Salisbury jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first half and continued to increase its advantage in the second as Washington and Lee fell to the Seagulls, 15-5, on Saturday at Watt Field.

Senior attacker Katie Bollhorst (Severna Park, Md./St. Mary's) opened the contest's scoring with an unassisted goal just 56 seconds into the game. Junior attacker Shannon Carta (Annapolis, Md./South River) then notched two straight tallies for the Seagulls, giving them a 3-0 lead by the 22:13 mark.

At 21:12, junior attacker Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris-Mendham) put W&L (2-4) on the board with a free position goal to cut its deficit to two, 3-1. SU (3-0) then went on a 4-0 run to bring its advantage to 7-1 at 15:18. Brewster and junior attacker Katie Hagen (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) scored once more in the half for the Generals, but the Seagulls closed out the stanza with two scores to enter the break with a 9-3 lead.

Salisbury used the first 2:28 of the second period to score six more goals and hold a 15-3 advantage with 6:32 left to play. The Generals could not come any closer than 10 goals in the remaining time, as SU claimed the 15-5 victory.

The Seagulls held an advantage in ground balls, 20-14, and shots, 33-15, while the draw control count was even at 11-11.

In goal for W&L was sophomore Cara Mulligan (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), who stopped four shots and collected 15 goals-against. Junior Ashton Wheatley (Cambridge, Mass./Salisbury School) tallied seven saves and five goals-against, while spending the entire game in the cage for SU.

Brewster led the Generals with three goals and one assist. Hagen and first-year Emily Conway (Darien, Conn./Greenwich Academy) scored the final two goals. Sophomore midfielder Sammy Yates (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) picked up four draw controls and three ground balls and junior defender Leanne Stone (Darien, Conn./Darien) grabbed four ground balls.

For Salisbury, Bollhorst paced all scoring with two goals and six assists. Junior attacker Shelbi Nemecek (Marriotsville, Md./Liberty) added four goals and one helper and Carta found the back of the net three times. Sophomore midfielder Bethany Baer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) tallied two goals, three draw controls and three ground balls.

W&L returns to the field on Wednesday, when it travels to Roanoke for a 7:00 pm contest.

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LEXINGTON, Va. - The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team pushed its season-opening winning streak to three with a 15-5 win over Washington and Lee University Saturday afternoon.

Junior Shelby Nemecek matched her career high with a game-high four goals to lead the Salisbury (3-0) attack. The Marriottsville, Md., native had a career-best five points in the contest, getting an assist on the final Sea Gull goal of the day.

The Sea Gull offense was orchestrated by senior Katie Bollhorst, who dished out a game-high six assists for a game-high eight points. The eight points tie a career high for the attacker from Severna Park, Md., while the six assists are a new career mark. Bollhorst moved up the career assists leaderboard, just three short of Kim Cudmore ('10) for third place.

The duo of Nemecek and Bollhorst connected four times, with Bollhorst feeding Nemecek for each of her goals.

Salisbury strung together goals in spurts against Washington and Lee (1-4). Bollhorst put Salisbury on the scoreboard just 54 seconds into the contest with an unassisted goal. Sophomore Bethany Baer followed with a goal 1:35 later, scoring off a pass from junior Meghan Toomey, the first assist of her career. A little over five minutes later, junior Shannon Carta pushed the lead to 3-0, putting one in the net on a feed from Bollhorst.

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