Feusahrens' six points pace Salisbury in dominant win versus SUNY Cortland
LANCASTER, Pa. -- In its biggest test so far this season, No. 2 Salisbury made a statement with a convincing 13-7 win against No. 3 SUNY Cortland.
Salisbury (5-0) was able to control the game and solidified its status as a force in Division III. Leading the Sea Gull attack was senior Lauren Feusahrens, who had a game-high six points, including a team-high five goals.
It was the Salisbury defense that rose to the occasion, limiting Cortland's (3-1) offensive attack. The Red Dragons were averaging 16 goals per game. Anchored by junior goalie Ashton Wheatley, the Sea Gull defense suffocated the Cortland offense. She stopped 10 Cortland shots, making the most of the lead provided by the Salisbury offense.
Feusahrens gave Salisbury an early lead, with goals at the 2:30 and 5:15 marks of the contest. Cortland's Maria Di Fato answered back with two goals of her own, and the game took a back-and-forth tone early on. Senior Katie Bollhorst gave the Sea Gulls the lead for good at the 19:17 mark in the first half, the first of her two goals.
Junior Shannon Carta gave Salisbury a 4-2 lead when she found the net with the assist from Bollhorst, the first of her four helpers on the afternoon. After Di Fato's third goal of the contest, sophomore Bethany Baer netted the first of her three goals, also assisted by Bollhorst.
Cortland controlled the ball off draw controls with a 13-9 advantage, but the Red Dragons were not able to convert ball control into points on the scoreboard. Salisbury caused seven Red Dragon turnovers in the first half, while only turning the ball over three times in the first 30 minutes. The Sea Gulls picked up twice as many ground balls in the contest, holding a 12-6 edge. The edge in ball control allowed Salisbury to outshoot the Red Dragons 25-19, including a 19-10 advantage in the first half.
Baer and Laura Maskell led the Sea Gulls with three caused turnovers each. Baer also led the Sea Gulls with a game-high four ground balls.
Junior Shelby Nemecek added two goals for the Sea Gulls.