Salisbury blanks Elizabethtown in final regular-season conference game
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. -- No. 2 Salisbury blanked No. 18 Elizabethtown 2-0 in its last regular-season game on Friday. Senior Erica Henderson put away both of the Sea Gulls' goals.
Just 30 seconds into the contest, Salisbury (15-1) had its first shot on goal that led to a Sea Gulls' penalty corner. Junior Mallory Elliott's initial shot got past the Blue Jays' keeper, but Samantha Earle was on the goal line for the defensive save. Henderson knocked in Earle's rebound for a 1-0 advantage.
Elizabethtown (13-5) got its first shot on goal 20 minutes into the half. Lisa Foose's shot was turned away by sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Clewer, her first of three saves.
Salisbury led in both penalty corners (4-1) and shots (7-2) throughout the first 35 minutes of play. Henderson led the charge with three shots.
The maroon and gold looked to record an insurance goal off sophomore Summer Washburn's shot, but Earle's second defensive save kept the game close at 1-0.
With 20 minutes left to play, Elizabethtown earned two consecutive penalty corners, but the Salisbury defense rallied together as Clewer rejected Taylor Alwine's shot.
The Sea Gulls put in an insurance goal as Washburn sent a strong pass towards the cage, allowing Henderson the chance to deflect the ball past keeper Lindy Hamp, for the game's second goal.
Salisbury ended its regular season with five shutouts and allowed just 16 goals. The team is second in the nation in goals per game (4.86) and points per game (12.79). The Gulls have scored 75 times this season.