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Juniata field hockey shutout at hands of no. 1-ranked Salisbury

(Posted September 12, 2010)

SALISBURY, Md. -- Juniata College outshot the host squad from Salisbury University, but were unable to find the back of the cage as Juniata dropped a 3-0 decision to the top-ranked Sea Gulls, 3-0, in Sunday's championship game of the Salisbury Invitational field hockey tournament.

Salisbury, ranked number one in Division III in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll, scored on their first shot of the game barely two minutes into the contest. Sea Gull forward Erica Henderson buried a shot past Juniata goalie Moira Nugent (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg) from the left side, off a deflection in front of the Eagle goal.

The Sea Gulls (4-0) increased their lead to 2-0 with 16:26 remaining in the first half, with an unassisted goal by Kandice Hancock. Salisbury capped its scoring with 5:40 showing on the first half clock on a goal by Amber Holland, off a pass from the top of the scoring circle by Tara McGovern.

Juniata outshot Salisbury 13-8, and had a 12-4 advantage in penalty corner opportunities. The Eagles threatened to get on the board early in the second half, during a sequence in which they had four penalty corners and four shots in the span of three minutes. Two of those Juniata shots were turned aside on defensive saves.

Nugent finished the game with one save over 70 minutes in goal. Salisbury starter Anna Cooke recorded a pair of saves; she was relieved with 7:26 remaining in the game by Amanda Lindsey, who was untested by the Eagles.

Juniata (3-3) will make its 2010 home debut this Saturday, Sept. 18, when it hosts Delaware Valley College at 1:00 p.m. on Winton Hill Field.

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