SALISBURY, MD – The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team picked up a 19-6 win over The College at Brockport on a cold, snowy Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium.
Seniors Kara Koolage and Lauren Feusahrens led the Sea Gull attack with four goals each. The four goals, and an assist for a five-point game, match Koolage's previous career-highs for both goals and points in a contest.
Salisbury (6-0) got off to a slower than normal start, with Brockport (3-1) winning the opening draw control, passing the ball around for over two minutes before the Golden Eagles' Emily Zartman scored the first goal of the day. This was only the second time this season that the Sea Gulls did not score the game's first goal.
Brockport controlled the second draw control and ran off nearly two more minutes before the Sea Gulls gained possession and went on the offensive. Senior Maggie Roundy fired home a goal after taking a pass in the middle of the Brockport defense from sophomore Bethany Baer, the first of her five assists, to even the score with 25:39 remaining in the first half.
Feusahrens netted the first of her goals 2:55 later, taking a pass from Baer, who had set up behind the cage. Feusahrens faked to her left, went right and put in a bounce shot to give the Sea Gulls a 2-1 lead. Salisbury held the lead for nearly six minutes before Brockport tied the score with 16:06 remaining in the first half.
The Sea Gulls took the lead for good with just under 11 minutes remaining in the first half when Koolage scored her first goal of the game, with Baer again getting the assist. Thirty-one seconds later senior Katie Bollhorst weaved through the Brockport defense for the first of her three goals on the day. The Severna Park, Md., native added four assists for a game-high seven points. After winning the ensuing draw control, junior Shannon Carta raced down the field to score, 10 seconds after the Bollhorst tally to cap a 4-0 Salisbury run to widen the lead to 6-2.
After a Brockport goal to bring the game to 6-3, Salisbury ended the half on another 4-0 run, for a 10-3 lead at the break. Salisbury's scoring run extended into the second half, and encompassed a 7-0 Salisbury spurt.
Salisbury junior goalie Ashton Wheatley made several point-blank saves, stopping 10 Brockport shots in all to pick up the victory.
Salisbury controlled the statsheet as well as the scoreboard, outshooting the Golden Eagles 33-23. The Sea Gulls collected six more ground balls and committed two fewer turnovers than Brockport on the afternoon. Brockport held a 15-12 advantage in draw controls.
The Salisbury attackers were aggressive on back-checking, with Feusahrens and fellow attacker, junior Shelby Nemecek leading the team with three caused turnovers each. Along with her offensive output, Koolage picked up a game-high four draw controls, which also matches her previous career high.
The final Sea Gull goal on the afternoon was scored by Elizabeth Anderson, her first in maroon and gold.
The five assists for Baer matches a career-high, as does her six points in the contest.
Salisbury is next in action this coming Sunday, March 24, heading to Tylus Field in Lancaster, Pa., to take on Franklin & Marshall College. That contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.