By Matt Noonan
Another busy Saturday of NCAA Division III lacrosse is in the books.
Salisbury University women’s lacrosse cruised to its 22nd straight win against Catholic University, thanks to Erin Scannell, who registered her second hat trick of the season to go with one ground ball. Meredith Price also recorded three goals against the Cardinals while Mary Claire Hisle registered eight saves on 12 shots.
As a team, Salisbury scooped 23 ground balls and completed 22 of 28 clear attempts while tallying 30 shots, including 21 shots on goal.
Grace Hill highlighted Catholic’s effort with two points on one goal and one assist.
Salisbury, which has not lost a game in two years, will look to continue its early-season momentum on Saturday, February 26 when they welcome Washington and Lee to Sea Gull Stadium for a 12 p.m. opening draw.
Speaking of Washington and Lee, the Generals commenced their 2022 campaign with an exciting one-goal win over Franklin & Marshall.
Allie Schwab scored the game-winner with 11.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to clinch the Generals’ first win against the Diplomats since February 23, 2019.
Hanna Bishop concluded the contest with a team-high four points on three goals and one assist while Katherine Faria added two goals and one helper.
Faria provided the Generals with an early lead, which they did not relinquish, despite the Diplomats pulling within one goal seven times. Washington and Lee finished the game with 31 shots, including 21 on net compared to Franklin & Marshall, which tallied 25 shots.
Franklin & Marshall’s Marissa McGarrey led all players with four goals on eight shots to go with three draw controls. All four of McGarrey’s tallies came on free-position attempts.
Coach Peter Toner earned his initial win with Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse on Saturday as the Bullets defeated Eastern University, 16-4.
Gettysburg, which has beaten Eastern nine times, was led by Kieran Ward (three goals, one assist, and five ground balls) and George Raymond (one goal and four assists).
Saturday’s win marked the first time Toner guided a Division III squad to a regular-season victory since 2008 when Wheaton College beat Babson College, 11-7.
Other highlights from the third busy Saturday of the 2022 college lacrosse season:
- Make it back-to-back wins for Wheaton College, which defeated the University of New England yesterday by a score of 11-6. Robert Sullivan, a Newton, Massachusetts native, tallied a career-best four goals in the win.
- Lee Sipes recorded four points on three goals and one assist as Babson College men’s lacrosse scored an opening day win against Roger Williams University.
- Zac Schuette produced eight goals and one assist in an exciting opening day win for Springfield College men’s lacrosse.
- Jordan Basso and Katie Fullowan combined for eight goals, seven draw controls, and four ground balls as Gettysburg cruised past Stevenson University, 15-7.
- Make it four-straight wins for Oglethorpe University as the Petrels’ women’s lacrosse team scored an impressove 20-2 win on Saturday over Brenau University.
- Marena Tharpe stuffed the stat sheet with four goals, one assists, and seven draw controls as George Fox rolled past the University of Redlands, 19-6.
- Whittier College concluded its weekend trip with a pair of wins over Hendix College and Rhodes College. Wiley Burkett concluded his team’s initial contests with eight goals and two assists.