#5 Salisbury Edges #15 W&L in Regional Semis

SALISBURY, Md. The NCAA Division III regional semifinal game between Salisbury and Washington & Lee was everything one would expect from a clash between two nationally-ranked teams. On Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium, it was the fifth-ranked Sea Gulls who prevailed over the 15th-ranked Generals to advance to tomorrow's regional final, but the decision came down to the final seconds of the contest.

Washington & Lee struck first on Saturday, netting the first two goals of the game just 36 seconds apart; undeterred, the Sea Gulls (19-2) reeled off the next three-straight to overtake the lead. The Generals (15-5) would tie up the contest twice in the next four minutes of the first half, but Salisbury's offense seemed to find its rhythm late in the half to take a 9-5 lead at halftime.

A goal by junior Alyssa Fowler at the start of the second half made it 10-5 in favor of the Gulls, but the Generals strung together three-straight goals to cut their deficit to just two scores. The maroon and gold answered back with three consecutive goals of their own to make the score 13-8 with just 13:04 remaining, but Washington & Lee would not go quietly.

With their season on the line, the Generals relentlessly began to chip away at the maroon and gold's lead, scoring four unanswered goals in a row, and with less than two minutes left to play the score read 13-12 in favor of Salisbury.

Washington & Lee won the final draw control of the contest, and a Salisbury foul with just over one minute to play put the Generals in prime scoring position. A shot by General Maddie McKaig with just 58 seconds left was denied in dramatic fashion by senior keeper Julie Ann Caulfield; sophomore Alyssa Hardesty quickly scooped up the ground ball to preserve the one-goal victory.

Junior Allie Wheatley was on fire for the maroon and gold, scoring a team-high four goals on four shots. Four Sea Gulls scored two goals each in the win.

The Sea Gulls now await the result of today's other Regional semifinal game, between Gettysburg College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College; Salisbury will face the winner of that contest in the Regional final, scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, May 15) at 1:00 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.

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SALISBURY, Md. A late second-half rally came up short as the No. 15 Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Salisbury, 13-12, on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury.

W&L (15-5) netted the first two goals of the game, as first-year attacker Margaret Klein (North Andover, Mass./Brooks) and junior attacker Maddie McKaig (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) found the net to give the Generals an early 2-0 lead with 27:43 remaining in the opening stanza.

Salisbury (19-2) responded with a three-goal run, as senior midfielder Morgan Illian (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), junior midfielder Allie Wheatley (Cambridge, Md./Salisbury School) and senior attacker Trish DiGirolomo (Davidsonville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) each found the net to put the Sea Gulls up, 3-2, at the 21:01 mark.

McKaig ended the streak with an unassisted tally to tie the score at 3-3 with 19:27 on the clock, and after a SU goal, senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) connected on a free position shot to knot the score (4-4) with 15:55 remaining in the first half.

A streak of four unanswered Salisbury goals extended the Sea Gulls' lead to four goals (4-8) with 6:53 remaining. Junior attacker Alli Shearin (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex Regional) took a pass from senior midfielder Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John's) to put an end to the SU scoring, leaving the score at 8-5 with 4:23 remaining.

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