Top-Ranked Salisbury Cruises to CAC Win at Mary Washington

Top-ranked Salisbury jumped out to a 6-0 lead and defeated Mary Washington, 13-6, on Saturday at a rainy Battleground. The Eagles fall to 7-3 on the season, and 1-1 in CAC play.

Mary Washington came out playing a slow tempo, and the first half score showed, as the first goal came with 18:10 remaining in the half. Five different Sea Gulls scored in their first-half run, led by a pair from Shelby Nemecek. Mary Washington got on the board with 3:42 remaining in the half, as senior Jenna Petrucelli scored the first of her five goals on the day. The Gulls capped the first half scoring to lead, 7-1, at intermission.

In the second half, Petrucelli opened the scoring with 28:40 left, and Salisbury answered with three straight goals to take a 10-2 lead. Petrucelli scored again with 15:49 remaining, but again Salisbury responded with two scores.

Senior Katie Williams scored with 10:54 to play to cut the deficit to 12-4, starting a string of three straight Eagle goals. Petrucelli scored with 4:22 to play and again with 1:48 left to cut the deficit to 12-6 before Salisbury scored in the final minute for the 13-6 victory.

The Sea Gulls led in shots, 25-17, and ground balls, 26-13. The visitors connected on 12-13 clears while UMW was 8-13. Mary Washington led in draw controls, 12-10, with senior Megan Gersbeck leading with four. Mo Sunderland had three ground balls to pace the Eagles.

Petrucelli led UMW with five goals, with Williams adding one. Senior Kelly Dean made three saves on 13 Salisbury shots, while Taylor Paige made a pair of stops against five shots. Nemecek led SU with five goals, and Ashton Wheatley had three saves and Alyssa Harmke none in six minutes of relief.

The Eagles will return to action on Wedenesday when they visit Christopher Newport University at 4:00 p.m. in another CAC match-up.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. A six-goal run by the No. 1 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team to start the game gave the Sea Gulls their 33rd-consecutive victory, a 13-6 final against the University of Mary Washington on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Mary Washington (7-3, 1-1 CAC) opened up the game winning the first draw and holding possession for seven minutes, but Salisbury (10-0, 2-0 CAC) was the first to find the back of the net. Senior attacker Shannon Carta carried the ball on the left side of the fan, while junior attacker Shelby Nemecek made a swift cut down the middle. Taking the sharp pass, Nemecek would give SU the 1-0 lead on a high, left shot.

At the restart, Nemecek would win the draw control pushing it down the field with a pass to junior attacker Kate Haker. The junior bolted with the ball around the right side of the fan, cutting in for a low shot past Eagles' goalkeeper Kelly Dean.

Salisbury would go on to score four more goals in a 13-minute span to give the Sea Gulls a 6-0 lead. Junior midfielder Bethany Baer scored her first of two for the game to continue the run, receiving a pass from Carta on the left side of the crease for a turnaround shot.

With 9:26 remaining in the first half, a groundball pick up by Mary Washington's Mo Sunderland after a saved shot attempt by Dean would send the ball the other way, but sophomore attacker Megan Wallenhorst sprinted in behind Sunderland to cause the turnover. Wallenhorst made the pass back down into the offensive side to junior attacker Kara O'Rourke and a quick return pass to Wallenhorst would give the Gulls a 4-0 lead.

Nemecek and Carta would add goals number five and six, respectively, before the Eagles would finally find the back of the net with 3:42 remaining in the half, but a goal by sophomore Samantha Duranti gave Salisbury a 7-1 lead to take into the break.

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