Salisbury Downs Trinity to Win the Division III Championship

The senior captain has become one of the most decorated women's lacrosse players in program history, finishing her career with 66 wins and 412 saves, while being named to the All-Tournament team for the third-straight year. Wheatley finished the national championship game with four saves and tied game highs in caused turnovers and groundballs with two apiece.

"The seniors had a 'senior meeting' before the semifinal game and said that this is it for us, we are going to walk off the field and that's the last time we are going to play lacrosse," Wheatley said. "What better way to leave your senior year than with back-to-back championships, something that has never been done before and uphold that Salisbury legacy that is so important to us."

Also named to the All-Tournament team were senior Meghan Toomey, sophomore Allison Toomey and Baer, who claimed the honor as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament.

"I always wanted to be in this position because I can't say that I'm the best," Baer said. "It's all the girls on the team, even the girls on the bench. I feel like everyone should get that award on the team."

The junior captain concluded the tournament with 14 goals and three assists for 17 points through five games, while winning 21 draw controls, scooping 13 groundballs and causing five turnovers.

The Toomey sisters both caused one turnover and scooped one loose ball in the final game of the season, while helping the Sea Gull backline only allow six goals by an offense that averaged 11.45 per game this season.

The 2014 title is third in program history (2010, '13) and Salisbury's 18th team championship.

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Gettysburg, Pa. - Trinity fell short of its second NCAA Division III title in three years, suffering a 9-6 setback against the Salisbury Sea Gulls in the finals on Gettysburg's Clark Field this afternoon.

Trinity, which won the 2012 NCAA title with an 8-7 win over Salisbury and lost last year's finals, 12-5, against them, finish the 2014 season with a 19-3 record. Salisbury improved to 23-1 and snapped Trinity's 14-game winning streak with its second victory over the Bantams this spring. No. 3-ranked Trinity had last lost, 11-8, against Salisbury on March 18 during its spring break trip to Central Florida.

Trinity senior tri-captain defender and all-tournament selection Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.) said, "Making three appearances in the NCAA Finals is what I dreamed about when I thought about being a college athlete. This was the greatest experience I could have asked for as a student-athlete at Trinity, and I could not have gone through it with a better group of teammates."

Trailing, 5-0, at the break, Trinity came our firing in the seocnd half, as senior tri-captain Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) scored the first Bantam goal for the second day in a row, converting on a feed by junior midfielder Lindsay Mullaney (Boston, Mass.) just 32 seconds into play after freshman Clare Lyne (Concord, Mass.) had won the draw. Bantam junior attacker Molly Cox (Norwell, Mass.) scored unassisted at the 26:31 mark to make the score, 5-2, but Salisbury junior attacker Shelby Nemecek (Marriottsville, Md.) ignited a 4-0 Sea Gull rally with a tally from classmate Kate Haker (Westminster, Md.). Junior midfielder Bethany Baer (Westminster, Md.) scored twice during the Salisbury spurt, and Trinity faced a 9-2 deficit with 17:52 on the clock.

Trinity did not go quietly, scoring the next four goals after a sophomore goalkeeper Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) made a clutch save against Sea Gull freshman Kieran Kelleher (Ellicott City, Md.) at the 13-minute mark while the Bantams played a player down. Trinity senior tri-captain attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored first with a side-arm sling off a free position with 17:16 left, and rookie midfielder Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.) made a nice move to navigate through the Salisbury defense and converted the first of her two goals at 9:59. Kusiak beat Sea Gull senior backstop Ashton Wheatley (Cambridge, Mass.) with a high shot at 9:12, again on a free position, to make the score, 9-5, but Wheatley broke up a pass in front of her net moments later to take Trinity's momentum away.

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