Fusco guides Salisbury to third round
Junior scores trio of goals, leads second-ranked Sea Gulls on
SALISBURY, Md. – No. 2 Salisbury advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship after defeating Montclair State 4-2 on Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.
The Sea Gulls (18-1) got on the board first, just four minutes into the game scoring off a penalty corner. Junior Kristina Fusco collected the ball in front of the pads and sent it into the back of the goal, her 12th goal of the season.
Montclair State (19-3) evened the score at the 21:22 mark as Brittany Carroll crossed the ball from the right side to the left post where Michelle Hagel tapped the ball in for the 1-1 tie.
The two teams continued to battle for possession but Salisbury was able to earn a penalty corner in the last minute of the first half that resulted in a Fusco goal, giving the maroon and gold a 2-1 advantage going into the second half.
In the second half each team recorded two penalty corners while Salisbury had a slim advantage in shots 7-5.
Montclair again evened the score 10 minutes into the second half off the stick of Jennifer Tafro, tying the game at 2-2.
Less than two minutes later senior Caitlin Walker put in the game-winning goal in the back of the net as she ripped a shot from the far edge of the circle, her 10th goal of the season.
Salisbury added to its lead with 15 minutes remaining in the game as Fusco converted a penalty stroke, her third goal of the game.
Senior goalkeeper Anna Cooke made two saves in the match and earned her 18th win of the season.