Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Salisbury Athletics

SALISBURY, Md. - The No. 2 ranked Salisbury University field hockey team notched its 11th shutout victory on Saturday afternoon, as the Gulls defeated the College of Wooster, 4-0, to advance to the third-round of the NCAA tournament.

The Sea Gulls (17-1) dominated play in the second-round game, outshooting the Fighting Scots 21-4. Sophomore forward Caitlin Walker (Fallston, Md.) opened up scoring for the maroon and gold in the 15th minute of play as she blasted a shot past Wooster goalkeeper Madalyn Myers (nine saves). The goal, her fifth of the season, gave the Gulls a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Salisbury came out even stronger in the second half, scoring three goals in a span of just seven minutes. Walker tallied her second unassisted score of the day in the 38th minute; two minutes later, senior forward Beverly Beladino (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) added to Salisbury's 2-0 lead with an unassisted goal. Three short minutes later, sophomore back Tara McGovern (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) further extended the maroon and gold's lead with a goal off of a pass from senior midfielder Michelle Rowe (Elkton, Md.).

The Fighting Scots played aggressively in the first half, limiting Salisbury's lead to just one goal. "We were extremely competitive in the first half," said Wooster head Coach Brenda Meese. "We had the opportunities, but just didn't close on them." The Sea Gull defense played a tight game, forcing sophomore goalkeeper Anna Cooke (Ann Arbor, Mich.) to make only three saves on the day.

The Sea Gulls' solid victory advances them to Sunday's 1 p.m. third-round game against the winner of today's match-up between Christopher Newport University (16-3) and SUNY Cortland (18-1). "Either team is going to be a fierce opponent," said Salisbury head coach Dawn Chamberlin. "But we can't worry about what the opponent has; we have to play on our own strengths."