OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson field hockey junior goalkeeper Kelsey Eure made nine saves, and senior Sara McVey scored the Mustangs lone goal in the 5th-minute. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the fifth-ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls used two goals in the opening half to assist in a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night at Mustangs Stadium.
- It only took Salisbury (3-0) one minute to get on the scoreboard as after a Stevenson (2-1) turnover the visitors brought the ball into the attack area and Rebecca Lloyd fed a pass to Tara Daddio who beat Eure for the early lead.
- Just 1:57 later the Sea Gulls added another one as Daddio buried her second of the game off a rebound that kicked out to her in front of an open cage.
- The Mustangs found themselves right back in the game when McVey entered the attack zone and drew Salisbury goalie Domanique Farrace out of the net and stepped around her slipping the ball in an empty net to bring it to 2-1 with just five minutes gone.
- After a 30-minute delay due to some lightning in the area McVey had the hosts final chance of the opening half, but her blast was sent away by Farrace.
- After 35-minutes the Sea Gulls held a 7-3 shot advantage.
- First real action of the second half came with 26:50 to go when the guests were awarded a penalty corner that was played in by Emily Lemanski to Arielle Johnston who let a shot fly from the top of the attack area that beat Eure for what appeared to be a 3-1 lead. However, after a conference amongst the officials it was ruled to have not hit a Salisbury player inside the area and the goal was called off.
- Salisbury eventually made it 3-1 with 11:29 off the clock when a shot from Johnston off a corner from Lemanski was tipped home by Daddio for her second of the game.
- Under a minute later Rachel Domanico worked herself free on the left side of the attack area and she ripped one on the short-side of Eure. Then in the 51st-minute the Sea Gulls put the Mustangs keeper under siege when three consecutive shots were turned away, before one bounced back out to Daddio who completed the hat trick and ended the scoring at 5-1.
- For the game Salisbury outshot the home side 16-5
- The five shots the Mustangs recorded equaled the combined output of the first two opponents the Sea Gulls had faced (Dickinson and Misericordia).
- Penalty corners were pretty even with the visitors holding a slim 7-6 edge.
- McVey continues her red-hot start to the season as she has scored a goal in all three games, and now has four for the season.
Sara McVey dances around goalkeeper to bring the Mustangs back to within 2-1.
- Stevenson will next be in action on Saturday, September 8 when they visit Washington College (Md.) for a 12pm start.
- Then after a visit to #17 Catholic University, they will return home on Saturday, September 15 when they host Shenandoah in non-conference play at 6pm.