Salisbury 19, Eastern Connecticut State 5

May 14, 2005

Salisbury, MD - The No. 1 ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team (15-0) moved one step closer in its quest for a national championship Saturday as the Sea Gulls defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 19-5, at the SU Athletics Complex.

Salisbury, which has won 26 of its last 27 games, maintained the upper hand throughout the contest. The Sea Gulls jumped to a quick 2-0 lead and held a 12-4 advantage on the Warriors going into intermission. Junior attackman Kate Scott (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) led Salisbury's offensive attack in the first half, recording three goals and an assist.

Freshman attackman Lily Anderson (Portland, ME/Portland), senior attackman Mo Deegan (Westpart,CT/Staples), sophomore midfielder Jenna Faiola (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial) and senior attack Ashley Able (Mystic, CT/R.E. Fitch Sr.) each added first half goals for the Warriors.

Salisbury's No.1 offense in the nation continued its assault with a five-goal run in the first 17 minutes of the second half, while Salisbury's defense held the Warriors to just one goal. Senior attackman Linda Ackerman (Sykesville, MD/Liberty), who was the second leading scorer in the Capital Athletic Conference, kicked off the scoring onslaught with her 43rd goal of the season at 27:24.

Salisbury goalie Ali Goetz (Fallston, MD/Fallston) improved her season record to 15-0 and finished the contest with seven saves. Eastern Connecticut goalie Erin Calkins (Stony Brook, NY/Ward Melville) fell to 13-7 on the year despite picking up 24 saves in goal.

All told, the Sea Gulls outpaced the Warriors in shots (53-14), ground balls (49-34) and in draw controls (22-4). Salisbury received goals from twelve players including: Scott (3g,1a), junior Erin McCarthy (Gaithersburg, MD/Holy Cross) (3g,1a), Ackermann (2g,2a), junior Lynsey Bateman (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) (2g), junior Mary Bateman (Sparks, MD/Hereford) (2g), sophomore Natalie Degele (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) (1g,4a), freshman Sue Ackermann (Sykesville, MD/Liberty) (1g,1a), junior Liz Funk (Millersville, MD/Severna Park) (1g), sophomore Katie Simmons (Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook) (1g), junior Amanda Tack (Ellicott City, MD/River Hill) (1g), senior Sarah Slafkosky (Catonsville, MD/Catonsville) (1g) and sophomore Ani Khatchatoorian (Gaithersburg, MD/Northwest) (1g).

According to SU Head Coach Jim Nestor, Salisbury played a tough game from start to finish. "Eastern Connecticut was a great opponent to play, he said. "They were tough and got some good shots on us. Everyone stepped it up to win this one. Natalie Degele had a great game and has really shined in the past three or four games. We need her same desire to win from everyone (Sunday)."

With the victory, Salisbury advances to the NCAA Division III Salisbury Regional Final. The Sea Gulls will face No.13-ranked Washington and Lee University Sunday at 1 p.m. at the SU Athletics Complex. Washington and Lee defeated No. 4 Amherst, 11-9, to advance to the Regional final.

-- Courtesy Salisbury