No. 1 Salisbury Escapes with One-Goal Win over No. 4 F&M

The offense was paced by Nemecek and Baer with four and three goals, respectively, while O'Rourke led the team in assists with two. Salisbury won seven of the 19 draw controls, as junior defender Laura Maskell won a team-high five. The Sea Gulls outshot the Diplomats, 25-17, putting 15 on goal.

The Salisbury defense caused nine turnovers through 60 minutes, led by Baer and sophomore midfielder Samantha Duranti with three and two, respectively. Baer also picked up a game-high three groundballs, while Carta, Blondino and Toomey scooped two apiece.

Wheatley totaled five saves for the game while recording her seventh victory of the season. Facing 110 shots through seven games, the senior holds a 6.38 goals-against average.

With the victory, Salisbury has now tied the program-record home winning streak at 32. The previous record started against Christopher Newport University on Feb. 22, 2007, and ended against Colby College on March 24, 2009.

The annual "Lax for a Cure" for the fight against breast cancer proved a success, as Salisbury raised $1,900 during the event. The amount accumulated tops last year's total by $400.

The women take the field for their next contest on Wednesday, March 26, as the Sea Gulls take on No. 12 Colby at Sea Gull Stadium. First draw is set for 4:00 p.m.

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SALISBURY, Md. No. 1 Salisbury escaped with a 9-8 victory over No. 4 Franklin & Marshall Sunday afternoon in women's lacrosse action. The loss is the first for the Diplomats this season as F&M dropped to 6-1, while the Sea Gulls remain unbeaten at 7-0.

Salisbury took control early and jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the first with two goals by Shelby Nemeeck. Caroline Krohn put the Diplomats on the board with an unassisted tally at 13:21. Bethany Baer made it 4-1 before the Diplomats netted a pair to come within a goal, 4-3, with 3:36 left in the half. Krohn picked up her second at 10:41 and buried a pass from Mary Mitchell seven minutes later for her third goal of the first half. The Sea Gulls increased their lead to two with a goal with just 27 seconds left in the half to make it 5-3 at the break.

Emily Everdell found Mitchell 21 seconds into the second stanza to bring F&M within a goal, 5-4, but the Sea Gulls answered with two scores to go up 7-4 at 18:03. Krohn continued her dominance with a goal at 14:18 before assisting Brittney Jorgenson to bring F&M within a goal, 7-6, with 11:53 left to play.

Baer put Salisbury back up two goals, but the Diplomats answered with two of their own to tie the game at 8-8. Krohn scored her fifth of the game at 7:40 and Jorgenson buried a pass from Mitchell at 7:19.

Both teams had opportunities during the next five minutes with both goalies collecting saves to keep the game tied at 8-8. The Sea Gulls had shot at 2:05, but Shannon Carta was fouled, setting up a free position and Carta buried the shot for game-winner. F&M had an opportunity with just over a minute left, but Ashton Wheatley picked up her fifth save to secure the win.

Kelsey Hoffman (6-1) turned away six shots in the loss and helped limit the Sea Gulls to 2 for 8 on free position shots while Wheatley improved to 7-0 with five saves.

F&M returns to action on Tuesday, when the Diplomats travel to Messiah for a 7:00 p.m. game.

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