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

Senior attacker Kate Speare (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) had a chance to pull the Generals back to within four goals with five seconds remaining but she was unable to connect, as SU took a 9-5 advantage into the break.

Salisbury opened the second half with a goal, but W&L scored three-consecutive goals to pull the squad back to within two goals (10-8). McKaig netted her third goal of the game to leave the score at 10-6 with 25:03 remaining. Senior attacker Wilton Megargel (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) and Shearin scored goals within 40 seconds of each other, as W&L left the scoreboard at 10-8 with 22:18 remaining.

Another three-goal run by Salisbury, featuring goals from sophomore attacker Katie Bollhorst (Severna Park, Md./St. Mary's), DiGirolomo and junior midfielder Alyssa Fowler (Odenton, Md./Arundel) pushed the Sea Gulls lead back to five goals (13-8), but W&L responded with four unanswered goals over a 9:12 span to get the Generals back to within one goal (13-12).

First-year midfielder Meade Brewster (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) started the scoring off an assist from Megargel, and Shearin scored on a free position shot to leave the score at 13-13 with 9:20 remaining. McKaig added an unassisted marker at 5:14, and Megargel scored with just 1:44 on the clock as W&L drew to within one goal (13-12) in the final minutes.

Junior midfielder Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) won the ensuing draw control, setting McKaig up for a game-tying goal with 58 seconds remaining. However, McKaig's shot was turned away by SU senior keeper Julie Ann Caulfield (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) and the Sea Gulls collected the ground ball, running out the clock to advance to the regional finals on Sunday.

W&L was led by McKaig, who finished with four goals and an assist. Shearin added three goals and an assist, while Megargel scored two goals and an assist. First-year midfielder Alex Van Horn (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) won a game-high five draw controls, and senior midfielder Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) collected a team-high two ground balls. Senior keeper Katharine Farrar (Lexington, Va./Episcopal) played the entirety, stopping seven shots.

DiGirolomo paced SU with six points (2g, 4a), while Wheatley (4g) and Bollhorst (2g, 2a) each added four points. Caulfield played all 60:00 in net, recording seven saves.

With the loss, the Generals end their season with a 15-5 overall record.

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2011-05-14



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