By Diamond Holton
Five players scored as the Salisbury University field hockey team dominated Frostburg St., 5-0, in a rescheduled match on Wednesday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.
Juniors Abbey Shobe and Hannah Miller, senior Sam Johnson, sophomore Natalie Wilkinson and freshman Emily Lemanski played their part in securing the win for the Sea Gulls (12-3, 5-1 CAC) ending their regular season heading into the playoffs. On the other end, the Bobcats (8-10, 1-5 CAC) struggled tremendously only recording a total of four shots in the entire match from which came in the second half.
SU head coach Dawn Chamberlin said her team just needed to get a win and finish out the season strong. She felt this game has set her team up for the conference playoffs, and compared to the other matches in the past, it was a necessity.
“We really had to win this to finish out in second place, so we were happy we got the win,” Chamberlin said. “It took us a little while to get going, but once we got going I think we completely dominated the game and put numbers on the board. They’re a little tired from Wednesday night and slightly beat up, but hopefully we’ll have a couple days off to start into the conference playoffs with some fresh legs.”
The shots were coming for the Sea Gulls as they notched 17 shots in the first half followed by 24 in the second half for a grand total of 41 shots. They even commanded in their penalty corners with 19 to Frostburg’s four.
Shobe put her team on the board first with an assist by senior Courtney Jantzen. Jantzen carried the ball down the left side going around the defense finding Shobe for the center shot.
Penalty corners played in Salisbury’s favor as Johnson took a corner 15 minutes after the first goal passing it to junior Annah Brittingham who passed it back to Johnson off the corner insert for the lift shot and the score. Johnson had eight shots with five on goal for the game tallying up goals for the season to eight.
The Sea Gulls kept their aggression intact intercepting the ball right after the half time whistle blew, not letting their momentum deter. Frostburg continued to struggle coming out of the first half with zero shots.
A penalty corner for the Sea Gulls set up a rally of shots toward Bobcats goalie Nicole Leighty who recorded 19 saves in the conference game. Three of her saves came from shots off Brittingham, Johnson and Shobe, but a deflected shot went directly to Miller for the score 15 yards out into the right side extending their lead to 3-0.
Salisbury did not stop there, scoring two more goals from Wilkinson and Lemanski. Wilkinson, off a right wing assist by junior Casie Preisch, slammed home her first goal of the season.
Lemanski got in on the action five minutes later also with her first goal. Johnson hit a shot that was saved by Leighty rebounding to Lemanski who pounded it home for the final score of 5-0.
“It was my first goal, so I was really excited,” she said. “I came in really wanting to score a goal because as a freshman you don’t really get a lot of play time, so you have to work for every minute that you get on the field and it was really exciting. I was really happy it went in.”
With the win, Salisbury has locked up the No. 2 seed in the CAC Tournament hosting a conference semifinal battle against third-seeded Christopher Newport University. This will be their second meeting of the season where in the first matchup this past Wednesday evening the Sea Gulls won in double overtime off Johnson’s goal.
The game is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.