GRANTHAM, Pa. – The last time No. 2 Salisbury played at Anderson Field, the Sea Gulls fell to No. 4 Messiah with a score of 4-1, but on Saturday the Sea Gulls took down the Falcons 4-1, ending Messiah’s 45-game home winning-streak.
Salisbury (6-0) scored three first-half goals to overwhelm the Falcons early on.
Melissa Slocum scored first off an assist from Amber Holland to give Salisbury a 1-0 lead in the first nine minutes of play. Holland would then assist Leigh Willing’s drive into the back of the cage, for the game-winner, with 20 minutes remaining in the first half.
Toward the end of the first half, Messiah committed a foul, resulting in a penalty stroke which Kristina Fusco sent past Falcon goalkeeper Molly Gebrosky (one save), for the 3-0 edge.
Heading into the final 35 minutes of play, Salisbury had a narrow shot advantage (5-4) over Messiah. Both teams had four penalty corners apiece.
Sophomore goalie Rachel Clewer made three saves in the first half to help earn the win.
Messiah proved to be the more dominate team statistically in the second half, outshooting the Sea Gulls 3-1 and earning four penalty corners, but Salisbury’s defense held strong after giving up a Falcon goal at the 49:06 mark.
With Salisbury leading 3-1 and less than 15 minutes to play, Samantha Johnson added an extra goal, her third of the season.
With the victory, Salisbury ends Messiah’s home winning-streak that dates back to Sept. 13, 2008 when Rowan upset the Falcons. This win also is the first for the Sea Gulls since 2004 when they last beat Messiah 2-1 on their home field.