On a windy spring afternoon in Salisbury, the women’s lacrosse team received their sixth straight win with a 16-3 slaughter against conference opponent Mary Washington to cap off the annual Pink Game.
Salisbury (7-2, 3-0 CAC) dominated the game start to finish. Within the first 10 minutes, the Gulls already scored five goals and showed the Eagles (6-4, 2-1 CAC) they were there to win.
“I thought we played really well,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Jim Nestor said. “I thought our defense stepped up, and I thought it came down to us taking care of the ball on clears and allowing our offense to score goals.”
One of the most impressive performances of the day came from junior attack Megan Wallenhorst who had a career game with six goals and one assist. She now leads the team in goals scored with 21.
“I just keep doing what I’ve been doing and having that confidence,” Wallenhorst said. “I think all my goals were assisted, so it proves I can’t do it without my teammates.”
Alongside Wallenhorst, senior attack Kara O’Rourke also earned recognition with six assist; a career day as well.
“I think we were just working very hard on offense,” O’Rourke said. “There’s not one person that sticks out. We do different things well, and it makes it very hard for defenses to know what to do with us.”
The Sea Gulls clicked at every aspect of the game; offense, defense and draw controls. Freshman goalkeeper Gianna Falcone only let up three goals while the defense only allowed five shots towards the net.
Along with Wallenhorst and O’Rourke, sophomore attack Hannah Young continued to impress as she put up four goals bringing her yearly total to 17.
“(Young) is just playing very smart, drawing the attention in and making great cuts,” Nestor said. “She’s really stepped up since being in that starting role from the first game.”
After outshooting the Eagles 26-12, causing 16 turnovers, and scooping up 15 more ground balls than Mary Washington, the game could be summarized just shy of perfect.
The Eagles were able to put up two quick goals midway through the second half, but after Salisbury took a 13-3 lead with just ten minutes remaining, everyone at Sea Gull Stadium knew the game was in the books.
“Today we wanted to show that we still are one of the top teams,” Wallenhorst said.
With the victory, Salisbury heads to Wesley to begin a two-game road trip. With five of the last six regular season games being conference matchups, the Gulls are in prime position to head to the CAC tournament with one of the top seeds.
“We lost some key players to injury, and we’ve been trying to find different personnel to fit the right spots, but it’s all come along and familiarity is starting to show,” Nestor said.