By Jacob Stolle
Several Salisbury University teams acquired big wins this past week in the final stretch of the regular season prior to the conference playoffs. Within these big wins were Sea Gulls that shined individually for their respective teams. For two Sea Gulls, their roles in team victories garnered them conference awards at the week’s end.
For the field hockey team, junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor was awarded Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. On the football team, junior slot back Ryan Kolb was named New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) offensive player of the week.
SU field hockey sophomore goalkeeper Tressie Windsor
Windsor began her strong week last Wednesday, Oct. 19 when the Sea Gulls hosted the Christopher Newport University (CNU) Captains. In Salisbury’s first overtime matchup of the season, Windsor recorded two key saves against three CNU shots on goal. Alongside phenomenal defensive play from her teammates, Windsor helped secure a tight Sea Gull victory.
In her following game on Saturday, Oct. 22, Windsor notched another victory in addition to a strong team defensive performance against the St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The Sea Gulls’ defense shut out the Seahawks, en route to a 4-0 conference road victory. This marked the seventh shutout of the season for Salisbury and the fifth one credited to Windsor.
Through the two games, Windsor was required to make only three total saves, as the Salisbury defense only allowed four total shots on goal. Salisbury’s defensive efficiency has helped Windsor put together the award-rendering season she has possessed in 2016.
Even outside of the goalie position, the Salisbury defense has been consistent all season, only allowing an average of 3.2 shots on goal per game, which is the best in the CAC.
Windsor will next take the field to lead the Salisbury defense into their final regular season match-up against Wesley College on Oct. 26.
SU football junior slot back Ryan Kolb
On Oct. 22, the Salisbury University football team hosted the Kean University Cougars looking to avoid a letdown performance after notching a 77-19 win on the road against William Patterson. The Sea Gulls kept their success going by jumping out to a 23-point lead midway into the third quarter.
This performance was highlighted by a career day for Kolb, who had a career high 184 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. This was Kolb’s second 100-yard game of the season, as Kolb’s 577 rushing yards is currently second on the team behind senior super back Connor Canonico’s 589.
Kolb led the Sea Gulls’ rushing attack which totaled 457 yards in the game on only 55 rushing attempts. The 8.3 yards per carry is the highest mark on the season for the Salisbury offense, which boasts the second highest rushing yards per game average in the nation with 404.9 yards per game.
The Salisbury offense will continue creating rushing opportunities for Kolb and the rest of the offense when they take on Christopher Newport University on Saturday, Oct. 29. CNU possesses the second best rushing defense in the NJAC this season.