WLAX: Relentless offense leads Sea Gulls to victory yet again

DSC_0404Megan Findle photo

BY CHARLES MILLER

Staff Writer

In their first game in the new Sea Gull Stadium, the Salisbury women’s lacrosse team delivered a blowout win over Wesley College, 19-2.

The game was an opportunity to provide crucial experience for the younger players on the team as the starters rested.

With 10 different players scoring, the offense got things going quickly and delivered a statement win.

“I thought we did a great job moving the ball and did really well creating turnovers,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Jim Nestor said.

At the end of the game, the Salisbury defense forced a total of 19 turnovers and shutout Wesley in the second half. On the opposite end of the field, accurate passes and shots were key components that led to the high amount of scoring that took place on offense.

“We all played as a unit and that is what got us the win,” freshman attack Gabrielle Mongno said. “The offense really worked well together.”

From ground balls to draw controls, Salisbury’s young talent put fourth the effort needed to pull away with a convincing victory.

The Sea Gulls went into halftime leading by a score of 11-2. Mongno opened the second half adding another goal to Salisbury’s large lead with 28:37 left in the game, but Salisbury did not stop there.

The Offense racked up seven additional goals accordingly allowing only six shots on the night from Wesley’s offense.

Mongno netted a total of four goals and one assist on the night, while fellow reserves Maddie Manzoni, Martha Hutzell, Eliza Yachimowicz and Marcy Lenz all scored two goals.

Freshman midfielder Ryan Schrader provided multiple opportunities for the Sea Gulls to put points on the board with her success with the draw controls.

“It’s mostly my height,” Schrader said. “I am pretty tall and have a good chance of getting the ball out.”

The six foot freshman midfielder made her presence known throughout the entire game winning nine draws and tallying four assist.

“When you have 18 draw controls that says a lot,” Nestor said. “With the girls outside coming up to get the loose ground balls the determination to gain possession (is important).”

The Sea Gulls scooped up a total of 13 ground balls on the night allowing them to dominate from the point of attack offensively.

Defensively, it was a quiet night for SU with the offense controlling the ball the majority of the game, but the unit was able to shut down the Wesley offense for the final 45 minutes of the game.

Wesley midfielder Brianna Bacon was the one bright spot for the Wolverines scoring both goals for her team.

“It was an amazing team effort and such a great feeling to be a part of something like that,” Schrader said.

With the end of the regular season in sight, Salisbury will travel to New Jersey on Saturday to face No. 3 TCNJ. With a clean conference record, the Gulls look to get one more win before the playoffs start up next week.

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