BY RICKY POLLITT
Rain may have fallen the entire game, but for the Salisbury women’s lacrosse team, nothing would stand in the way of getting the victory for the team’s four seniors.
Offense, offense, offense. That’s how the game was defined in an 18-3 victory over the Frostburg Bobcats.
Salisbury (11-1, 5-0 CAC) spread the ball around to 14 different scorers while outshooting Frostburg (4-6, 0-4 CAC) 35-11.
Seniors Megan Wallenhorst, Samantha Duranti, Katelin Talbert and Chelsea Weinstein were honored at the beginning of the game for the time and effort dedicated to the program over their college careers.
But at the end of the game, it was the entire team that was honored for their effort in the blowout win.
“We feel good about ourselves with our offense getting good looks and our defense really doing a nice job,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Jim Nestor said.
While sophomore attack Dana King led the way in scoring with three goals, Wallenhorst recorded her second straight seven-point game with one score and six assist.
The Gulls offense moved quickly from the start with Salisbury winning 13 draw controls on the day.
With the speed the Sea Gull players had, along with accurate passing, Salisbury put up 13 goals in the first half while holding Frostburg to two.
“It’s nice that we’re balanced on the offensive end,” Nestor said. “We have players step up at different times and we’re getting good looks, and that’s going to help us once we get to the (playoffs).”
Much like the offense, the SU defense finished with another strong outing. Weinstein, who recorded only her second start of the season, finished with five saves while only allowed three goals on the afternoon.
“It feels great, I love being able to play with my team,” Weinstein said. “I support them as best I can, so it’s nice to (get the start) and play too.”
With Duranti and junior defender Kacy Koolage leading the way on defense, the Gulls back line forced 22 turnovers and shutdown Frostburg’s top goal scorer, Megan Hart.
Despite Frostburg being a conference opponent, the seniors know this will be the last time they face some of their familiar foes, making it that much more important for them to leave it all on the field.
“We have to play like it’s our last game every game,” Duranti said. “It’s the last time we’re ever going to play these teams so you just have to give it your all every game.”
Clears were another factor in Salisbury’s victory – at least the team’s ability to disrupt Frostburg’s clears.
The Bobcats failed to get the ball down the field on half the team’s clears, giving Salisbury’s offense a chance to scoop the ball up and get more goals on the board.
“Everyone played well throughout the whole field, and it helped us make our plays early on in the game,” Wallenhorst said.
Riding a seven-game win streak, the Gulls now prepare for the latter part of the season, hoping to ride their recent momentum into the CAC tournament.
The team will have a tough matchup up as they hit the road to take on No. 2 in the CAC, Christopher Newport on Tuesday, but with the confidence and talent the group has, winning is the only acceptable outcome.
“We all want to go out with a bang, but we have to take it one game at a time, play like we did today and we’ll be alright,” Wallenhorst said.