SALISBURY - Denison University learned firsthand here yesterday afternoon why the Salisbury State women's lacrosse team leads Division III in scoring.
The seventh-ranked Sea Gulls pummeled the Big Red, 26-4, in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Sea Gull Stadium to advance to Sunday's national quarterfinal round. Salisbury State (14-2) will play host to the winner of today's Cortland State-Hamilton game.
Seniors Jen Ice (Catonsville) and Michelle Haynie (Arundel) led the Sea Gulls' attack. Ice scored five of her game-high six goals in the first 12 minutes. Three came on assists by Haynie, who tied a school record with eight assists overall.
"For some reason I was just open and she [Haynie] made great passes to me. I didn't really need to do anything," Ice said.
"Haynie was on fire today. She did what she needed to do in there, she had good looks and wasn't afraid to feed the open players," Salisbury State coach Dawn Chamberlin said.
"I was surprised because you usually don't keep track of your stats through the game," Haynie said. "I was definitely surprised."
Denison (9-5) got on the board first after winning the opening draw as sophomore Jaime Fox wrapped around the cage on the left side, turned and fired a shot past Sea Gulls goalkeeper Lisa LeBeau (Towson).
But Salisbury, which averages 19.2 goals per game, didn't stay quiet for long, scoring three goals in the opening five minutes.
Sea Gulls junior Jen Mezzadra (Parkville) answered Fox's goal minutes later as she scored the first of her five goals on the day.
Senior captain Amanda Moculski (C. Milton Wright) added three goals and three assists.
The Sea Gulls never looked back as they outscored the Big Red 17-2 to go into halftime up 18-3.
The Sea Gulls sat on the lead in the second half, but were still able to add eight more goals to end Denison's season with its worst loss of the year.
"Coming out here and winning like this gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game," Chamberlin said. "It really sets a tone. We know what we are capable of doing when we play well.
"Today we played well at every position and that's what we have to do to win these types of games."
Denison 3 1 - 4
Salisbury State 18 8 - 26
Goals: D -Disston, Fox, Hemmelgam; SS- Ice 6, Mezzadra 5, Moculski 3, Almon 2, Bozick 2, Haynie 2, Dugan, Eberling, McDuell, Murray, Sappington, Zielinski. Assists: D -Peace, Pratzner; SS -Haynie 8, Moculski 3, Almon 2, Danver, Dugan, Eberling, Ice, Mezzadra. Saves: D -Haney 16; SS -LeBeau 7.