By ZACH GILLELAND
In the second edition of the Sea Gull players of the week, The Flyer honors two Salisbury University student athletes for their performances in the past week. As always, comment below and share your thoughts on the selections.
Sophomore midfielder Dolph Hegewisch (Men’s Soccer)
Hegewisch earns this week’s male player of the week award after his performance in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Misericordia. The sophomore scored two goals, his first two of the season.
It had been a slow start for the Sea Gulls offensively in 2017. A 1-5 start for Salisbury that saw four of frustrating 1-0 losses, the offense had created scoring chances but ultimately could not finish.
The first half of Saturday’s contest saw more of the same for the maroon and gold. The team fired six shots, but could not find the back of the net.
Hegewisch answered for the Sea Gulls in the 63rd minute, putting the team on top 1-0. The sophomore added his second goal of the game seven minutes later, chipping a header over the Cougar goalkeeper to extend the Salisbury lead to two.
Hegewisch’s goals seemed to rejuvenate the Sea Gull offense. Fellow sophomores midfielder Ryan Spadin and defender Stephen White added goals of their own to cap off a four-goal second half for Salisbury.
An integral part in the offensive rotation, Hegewisch led Salisbury with six goals a season ago.
Senior forward Ruthie Lucas (Women’s Soccer)
Lucas earns this week’s female player of the week award for her performance in Saturday’s 5-4 loss against Catholic.
The senior added two goals for a Sea Gull team looking for some consistency on offense. Facing a Cardinal team that had shutout four opponents coming into the game, Lucas used her speed to get around defenders to create chances.
Lucas’ first goal came in the 23rd minute from the top of the box that tied the game at two. The senior added her second just over a minute into the second half to give Salisbury a 4-2 lead.
Coming into the game the Sea Gulls had been shutout in their previous three contests. The maroon and gold doubled their offensive production in Saturday’s matchup, scoring four goals on eight shots.
Lucas overcame a slow start of her own. Battling an injury early on this season, the two goals added to her career total of 14, the highest among active Salisbury players