No. 5 Trinity Edges No. 1 Salisbury to Win Division III Crown

With momentum on their side, the Sea Gulls were able to take their only lead of the game with 17:11 remaining in the game on a goal by senior Amanda Holsclaw to cap a 5-0 Salisbury run. The lead was short lived however, as Hildebrand scored the second of her team-high three goals. That was the first goal of a 4-0 Bantam run that gave them an 8-5 lead with 9:40 remaining in the game.

Baer was able to add two goals down the stretch but the comeback fell short. The Sea Gulls had a last gasp chance from 50 yards out, as Feusahrens was fouled with three seconds left on the game clock. The Trinity goalie was away from the net when the foul was committed, so Feusahrens had an open net in front of her. Her desperation heave fell short and Trinity had claimed its first national championship.

This was the last game for a five-member senior class which had advanced to the final weekend three of the four years at Salisbury, including taking home the 2010 national championship. Classmates Fowler, Holsclaw, Allie Wheatley, Mackenzie White and Carrie Bray finish their careers at Salisbury with a record of 82-7.

"This has been an incredible four years," Wheatley said. "This team has come so far this year. This was so different from 2010, when I was a sophomore. It was all still new then. I have no regrets about anything this year and this was just an incredible run this year."

While this loss certainly hurts, the future is bright for the Sea Gulls, who fully expect to be back again next year at Montclair State University, which will host next year's Division III women's lacrosse final four.

"We're returning a lot of scoring and all the defense except Mackenzie," Assistant Coach Liz Filgueras said. "It's tough to keep it in perspective right now, but we'll be okay and be back next year."

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2012-05-20



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