BY MARK DAVIS
Both teams were undefeated before facing off, but it was the No.7 Salisbury Sea Gulls women’s lacrosse team that fell to the No.6 Gettysburg Bullets on Wednesday
A slow second half marked a 10-8 defeat for Salisbury, handing the women’s team its first loss of the season.
Both teams were evenly matched in the first half, trading goals back and forth. The first goal came quick in the game’s first two minutes from the Bullets’ (4-1) Maggie Connolly. However, Salisbury (4-1) answered back with a goal from junior attack Hannah Young.
Sophomore attack Emma Wall scored three goals for the Sea Gulls in the first half helping them cruise to a 5-4 lead 20 seconds before the half. But the Bullets had something else in mind, when Emma Christie took a pass from Connolly to tie the game just before halftime.
As the second half began, the offenses continued to balance with both teams trading goals to begin the final 30 minutes. However, Gettysburg scored three consecutive goals within three minutes to put the Gulls on their toes.
Salisbury didn’t answer back until they were given a free position shot, which was scored by sophomore attack Kristen Murphy.
Gettysburg’s defense continued to shut down Salisbury the final 10 minutes, and a final goal from Amanda Borucki sealed the game for the Bullets.
“I feel like with having our main scorer really face guarded we still tried really hard, our drives were there, our shots were there, so it was a disappointing loss,” Wall said.
Offensively, the Sea Gulls took a total of 16 shots during the game, compared to 22 shots by the Bullets. .
The Sea Gulls committed 23 fouls, allowing the Bullets two free position shots, one in which they scored on.
Salisbury sophomore goalie, Gianna Falcone had seven saves in the contest, but thought confusion in the second half cost the Gulls the victory.
“I think we played better in the first half than the second half, but I wouldn’t say we played poorly in the second half,” Falcone said. “I think we got confused at times whether we were sending the double and stepping up.”
Salisbury head coach Jim Nestor wants the loss to bring the intensity level up in practice and in future games to come.
“We haven’t really been down all year, especially not by that many, I think that made some of the girls surprised,” Nestor said.
The Sea Gulls will try to bounce back from the loss with the first conference game of the season against York College on Saturday. The match marks the first time since Feb. 20 Salisbury has been on the road. The game is set for 12 p.m.