St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey team battled No. 1 Salisbury University in Capital Athletic Conference action Tuesday afternoon and the top-ranked Sea Gulls came away with a 5-1 win.
St. Mary's (10-6, 3-3 CAC) has already locked up a playoff berth but the Seahawks are still awaiting their seeding in the upcoming 2014 CAC Field Hockey Championship Tournament, which begins Sunday, November 2nd. St. Mary's can finish anywhere from the third seed to the fifth.
The final seeding will be determined by the results of Wednesday's contests of Frostburg State University at York College of Pennsylvania and No. 14 University of Mary Washington at Christopher Newport University. Wins by York and Christopher Newport would force a three-way tie for third with CNU, St. Mary's, and York and since all three teams beat each other, a coin flip would be used as a tiebreaker.
Senior forward Karen Cindea (Spring Lake, N.J./Manasquan) started the scoring for Salisbury (15-1, 6-0 CAC) at 5:11 as Cindea tipped in fellow classmate Summer Washburn's (Andover, Mass./Phillips Academy) drive from the top of the circle. The CAC scoring leader, junior forward Courtney Jantzen (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney), made it a 2-0 SU advantage eight minutes later with her league-leading 20th goal.
In the second half, senior forward Mallory Elliott (Delmar, Del./Delmar) rifled in back-to-back goals in a 2:38-minute span to extend Salisbury's lead to 4-0 at 42:43 as junior forward Samantha Johnson (Delmar, Md./Delmar), this week's CAC Offensive Player of the Week, assisted on both goals.
St. Mary's broke up senior goalie Rachel Clewer's (Elkton, Md./North East) shutout bid at 68:00 as sophomore forward Brady Wolf (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh School) dribbled in, beat one defender, and then went around an outstretched Clewer for her eighth tally of the season.
Cindea tacked on the final score of the day with 19 seconds left in regulation, scooping it over senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg).
Salisbury posted a 30-4 shot advantage as well as a 16-3 margin in penalty corners.
Bishop registered 12 saves in the Seahawks' third straight loss while Clewer put up three stops in Salisbury's sixth consecutive win.
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