By Diamond Holton
Salisbury University field hockey reached their tenth victory of the season, and remained undefeated in the Capital Athletic Conference after a win over St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2-0, Wednesday evening at Sea Gull Stadium.
To start off the evening match, Salisbury honored their seniors on Senior Day. Amanda Cooper, Sam Johnson, Courtney Jantzen, Breck Sullivan and Jessica Crew were the five seniors that received recognition.
It has been a tiring series for the Sea Gulls (10-2, 3-0 CAC) as they have played three games in the last five days with two upcoming road games. Head coach Dawn Chamberlin said they did what they needed to do to win, but felt they weren’t sharp.
“We were very flat and we’re tired,” she said. “It’s been a long stretch and we need a little break, so we’re going to have a day off and hopefully regroup and be ready to go. We had some really nice goals in the first half, which was good and we executed our corners well, but we were just a little off.”
The Seahawks (6-8, 1-4 CAC) were held to just one shot from forward Carly Todd for the entire game that came in the first half and one corner that was allowed in the second. Salisbury ended with 20 shots and 16 corners in the match.
The Sea Gulls’ first shot attempt from junior Casie Preisch was saved by the Seahawks goalkeeper Alyssa Thompson, followed by two more shots that were wide from juniors Annah Brittingham and Hannah Miller.
The first goal was scored by junior forward Becca Rinaca assisted by Jantzen. Jantzen cross passed from the right side to Rinaca at left post for the one time goal, her ninth on the year.
Five minutes later freshman forward Catherine Sweeney got in on the action with her first goal at home, four overall. A penalty corner from Johnson left a loose ball on the field from which Sweeney shot in from the right side.
“It feels great and I was in the right spot at the right time,” Sweeney said. “Our teammate made a great pass.”
St. Mary’s continued to make substitutions keeping fresh legs on the field, but the defensive efforts from SU kept them from scoring, keeping the Seahawks one shot overall permanent.
The Seahawks received their first corner, but were unsuccessful as it was intercepted by the Sea Gulls and forwarded to Jantzen. She had all the field to herself as it was a duel between her and Thompson, but Jantzen’s wide open shot went wide right as the clock struck zero.
Salisbury heads back on the road again facing No. 13 ranked Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon followed by Christopher Newport University one week from tonight, and a rescheduled game with Frostburg State University on Friday Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.