SALISBURY, MD – The second-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team opened its season Saturday afternoon with a 19-5 win over former conference rival Stevenson University. The Sea Gulls featured a balanced attack and a ball-hawking defense to come away with the victory.
Senior Katie Bollhorst, the reigning Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Attacker of the Year, started her season strong with a team-high three goals and an assist. The attacker from Severna Park, Md., continues to climb the career leaderboard, currently seventh on the points list and the fourth-most assists in program history.
Salisbury's control of the statsheet translated to the lead on the scoreboard. The Sea Gulls outshot Stevenson 31-9 and held a 17-8 advantage on draw controls. Salisbury (1-0) was perfect on clearing attempts, 15-for-15, and capitalized on the Mustangs' troubles getting the ball out of their zone. Stevenson (0-1) was 3-for-12 and the Sea Gulls were able to get instant offense off the turnovers.
Feusahrens opened the scoring just 1:55 into the contest, netting an unassisted goal. Steveson's Marissa Meiklejohn tied the score just over a minute later for the only tie of the afternoon. Duranti answered 1:25 later with the first goal of her career, which started a 6-1 Salisbury run to give the Sea Gulls a lead they wouldn't give back.
The top-ranked defense from a year ago stifled the Mustangs attack and caused 19 Stevenson turnovers. Junior Ashton Wheatley made two saves to pick up the decision in the cage for the Sea Gulls.
Stevenson's Leah Warner netted two goals to lead the Mustang attack.
Today's victory was No. 199 for Head Coach Jim Nestor while at the helm of the Sea Gulls. The team looks to improve Nestor's record to 200-24 at Salisbury a week from today, against the Catholic University of America.
The Sea Gulls will be away from home for just over three weeks, facing three teams ranked in the top 15 of the preseason IWLCA poll. Salisbury returns home on Sunday, March 17, when the State University of New York at Brockport visits Sea Gull Stadium. That contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.