No. 2 Salisbury Nips No. 3 Middlebury to Advance to Title Game

"Going into this game I thought it was going to be really mental," Wheatley said. "I have faith in every single girl in front of me. Even when we were down I still thought we had control of the game. Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous today, even when we were down."

Salisbury would gain possession on a turnover caused by Feusahrens, with 2:09 left, and the Gulls never gave the ball up, until the final horn.

Salisbury jumped out to the early lead in the game, with senior Kara Koolage getting the opening score off a feed from Roundy. Roundy found Koolage coming across the front of the crease, four yards in front of Polomba. Koolage grabbed the pass and put the first tally in for the 1-0 advantage.

The teams traded goals with Feusahrens scoring Salisbury's second goal and Bollhorst hooking up with Baer on a tally to push the Gulls ahead 3-2. But it was a 3-0 Middlebury burst in the closing 11:20 which gave the Panthers the two-goal cushion at halftime.

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STEVENSON, Md. Middlebury saw its hopes of a national title come to an end as the Panthers fell 8-7 to Salisbury in an NCAA semifinal game at Stevenson University in Maryland. Middlebury ends its season with an 18-3 mark, while Salisbury advances to the NCAA Championship game with a perfect 22-0 record.

Salisbury took a 1-0 lead at the 23:47 mark when Maggie Roundy found Kara Koolage in front. The Panthers tied the game 2:25 later when Chrissy Ritter scored with a high shot cutting to the goal. The Sea Gulls regained the lead at 16:58 when Katie Bollhorst had a free position. Instead of shooting, she made a quick pass down low to Lauren Feusahrens, who netted her 63rd of the year. The Panthers tied the game at 2-2 when Ellen Halle scored in transition after a feed from Ritter following a big save from Alyssa Palombo. The goal was her team-leading 57th of the season.

Salisbury regained the lead when Bollhorst found Bethany Baer in front at the 12:20 mark The Panthers answered when Halle found Liza Herzog cutting down the middle for her 30th of the year. Middlebury took its first lead of the game with 3:20 left in the half when Laurel Pascal cut to the middle and scored with a low shot for her 30th of the year. Alice Pfeifer scored the final goal of the half at 1:16, finding an open net after a foul had put Salisbury netminder Ashton Wheatley out of the crease.

Salisbury opened the second half with a 3-0 run, taking a 6-5 lead. Kate Haker scored after taking a feed from Bollhorst just 56 seconds into the second half. Bollhorst then found Lauren Feusahrens for a quick-stick goal. Middlebury looked to regain the lead at the 24-minute mark, but could not convert on three free position, unable to take a shot on two of the attempts.

Kat Gartner nearly scored for the Sea Gulls at the 22:05 mark, but was denied by a big stop from Palomba. Bollhorst earned her third straight assist shortly thereafter, finding Maggie Roundy for her 34th of the year. Trailing 6-5, Middlebury called a timeout.

The Panther ended the run at 18:06 when Margaret Souther cut down to the middle after a feed from Halle for her 39th of the year. The Sea Gulls regained the lead at 7-6 when Feusahrens ripped a hard shot to the bottom right corner of the net cutting to the goal with 14:40 left to play. Middlebury drew even when Herzog scooped up a ground ball and scored after Ritter's original shot hit the post at 9:09. Salisbury wasted little time tying the game, as Shelby Nemecek scored down the middle just 37 seconds later to give her team an 8-7 advantage.

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