WASHINGTON, D.C. – The No. 1-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team captured a 20-8 non-conference victory against No. 13 Catholic University of America on Sunday.


The Sea Gulls (4-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead as senior attacker Trish DiGirolomo recorded an unassisted goal just four minutes in. The Cardinals (1-1) came right back with a goal 11 seconds later from Lindsay Davenport. Over the next nine minutes, SU pushed the lead to 6-3, led by two goals each from junior midfielders Alyssa Fowler and Allie Wheatley. Following Meghan Brady's free-position goal for the Cardinals, the Sea Gulls reeled off seven-straight goals to close out the half with a 13-4 lead.

Catholic opened up the second half with two goals in the first two minutes; the Sea Gulls responded with a five-goal run to extend the lead to 18-6 with 13:11 remaining in the game. Over the last 13 minutes, each team would find the back of the net two times to bring the score to its final at 20-8.

DiGirolomo (two goals) established new career-highs with 10 points and eight assists in the victory. The Davidsonville, Md., native now has 77 career assists in her time with the maroon and gold, which is sixth best in program history.

Wheatley had a game-high five goals, while senior attacker Logan Bilderback, senior midfielder Aileen McCausland and junior midfielder Carrie Bray each tallied three goals.

SU senior goalkeeper Julie Ann Caulfield staved off eight shots in 60 minutes of action to earn the victory.

The Cardinals were paced by Davenport, who scored three goals for the hosts. Kate Robinson (two goals) and Mary Swarthout (two assists) finished with two points. Goalkeeper Gabby Sena recorded six saves for Catholic.