SALISBURY, Md. – Behind six points from senior attacker Katie Bollhorst, the No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team defeated No. 10 York (Pa.) College for its 13th overall and 11th-consecutive Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.
Salisbury has not lost a CAC championship since 2003, and 2002 is the only season since 2000 that the Gulls have not won the conference title; with the win, the team extended its winning streak in CAC games, including postseason play, to 94 games.
Bollhorst was one of three Sea Gulls with three goals and led the team with three assists. Fellow attackers, senior Lauren Feusahrens and sophomore Kate Haker, also had three goals for three points, tying for second-best in the game in points.
The Gulls started the game off with a quick goal at the 28:48 mark, as Bollhorst ran from behind the cage to beat the Spartans' goalkeeper.
York's Kim Wayson would tie the game less than three minutes later, but four-straight Salisbury goals would put the Sea Gulls ahead for good.
Feusahrens regained the lead with 20:26 left in the first half, taking a pass, dodging a defender in front of the crease and planting a shot in the back of the cage.
Haker's first, sandwiched between goals from freshman midfielder Samantha Duranti and senior attacker Maggie Roundy, respectively, boosted the Sea Gull lead to 4-1 with less than 10 minutes left in the half.
York cut into the lead with only 13 seconds left in the half, but the Gulls held a 5-2 lead at the break. At halftime, Salisbury led in shots, 15-11, and draw controls, 5-3, while completing six-of-nine clearing attempts.
Bollhorst jump-started the SU offense again in the second half, running around the left side of the cage for her second goal; four of her points came in the final half.
Less than one minute later, junior midfielder Halie Lear netted a free-position shot from just inside the top of the fan.
Sarah Castle cut the lead to 7-3 for the Spartans, but another four-goal run, with scores from Bollhorst, Haker, Roundy and Feusahrens, increased the Gulls' lead to 11-3 by the 13:45 mark. Roundy's goal was assisted on a beautiful pass across the crease from the left side by Bollhorst, allowing the Ijamsville, Md., native to redirect the pass into a wide-open cage.
Two late goals by Haker and Feusahrens capped the win and gave the Sea Gulls the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament; the selection show for the tournament will take place on Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 p.m.
Junior goalkeeper Ashton Wheatley played all 60 minutes in the cage, making nine saves in the win.
Salisbury now looks to the NCAA selection show to find out its first opponent in the tournament, as it looks to get back to the National Championship game.