Salisbury Knocks off Defending Champ Trinity to Win D3 Crown

The six goals scored by SU tied the most Trinity had allowed in a first half this season, matching The College of New Jersey in the quarterfinals last weekend.

Starting the second half, the Bantams (21-1) scored the first goal to cut the Sea Gull advantage to 6-3, but it was as close as Trinity would get the rest of the game.

Feusahrens scored two of Salisbury's next three goals, with a Bollhorst tally in the middle, allowing the Gulls to go up 9-4 with over 23 minutes left.

Caroline Hayes made it 9-5 before Salisbury scored the final three goals, two more from Feusahrens, and then stalled for the closing five minutes to collect the national championship.

"I thought it was a great game," Head Coach Jim Nestor said. "Today, what we've work on all week, leading up to this weekend, it paid off with all the hard work. The players went with the game plan to a 'T', and they executed exactly the way we wanted them to. Defensively, I thought we played great. Ashton, again, was superb, and it really resulted in that win today."

The win gives Salisbury its 23rd win of the season, a new program record, and brings to the end the careers of seniors Feusahrens, Bollhorst, Koolage, Roundy, defenders Alyssa Hardesty and Kat Gartner.

Feusahrens, Roundy, Baer, junior Meghan Toomey and Wheatley were all named to the All-Tournament Team.

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Owings Mills, Md. - Senior attacker Maggie Roundy (Ijamsville, Md.) totaled two goals and three assists to lead the Salisbury University Sea Gulls to a 12-5 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship this afternoon at Stevenson University's Mustang Stadium.

Defending champion Trinity, which downed the Sea Gulls in last year's NCAA Finals, 8-7, in New Jersey, loses for the first time in 30 games to end the year at 21-1. Salisbury completes a perfect year at 23-0 with its only loss of the last two springs coming against the Bantams in last year's finals.

Salisbury built a 4-0 lead early, beginning with a tally by senior midfielder Kara Koolage (Annapolis, Md.) from Roundy just 28 seconds into the contest. The Sea Gulls scored twice more in the opening 6:08, prompting a Trinity time out, and Roundy netted a fourth Salisbury goal before Bantam senior tri-captain midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) beat Sea Gull junior netminder Ashton Wheatley (Cambridge, Md.) with a high shot off a free position for the first Trinity points of the day.

Wheatley had stopped Bantam freshman midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) on a free-position shot and Trinity senior attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) had a free-position shot blocked earlier in the first half.

Hildebrand converted on her second free position of the first half to cut the Sea Gull lead in half with 11:52 left in the first half, but Roundy snucked the ball past Bantam first-year goalie Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) from behind the net to make the score, 5-2, with 6:37 left before the break.

Salisbury sophomore midfielder Bethany Baer (Westminster, Md.) added a free-position goal just inside the three-minute mark of the first half, and both goalies made saves in the final two minutes for a 6-2 score at halftime. Salisbury outshot Trinity, 13-7, in the first 30 minutes, while Trinity was 2 for 5 on clears against 6 for 6 for the Sea Gulls.

Trinity struck first in the second half when junior attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) found a cutting Leonhard in front of the net, and Leonhard quickly shot past Wheatley to halve the Salisbury lead at 6-3. Salisbury senior attacker Lauren Feusahrens (Solomons, Md.) answered with her second goal of the game and the second Sea Gull goal with a Trinity player out for a yellow card.

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2013-05-19



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