Salisbury Downs Trinity to Win the Division III Championship

With just over three minutes left, Bantam junior attacker Renee Olsen (Ridgewood, N.J.) just missed wide left after driving down the middle with Trinity again playing at a disadvantage due to a yellow card, but Simpson made good on a free position with 2:17 on the clock to pull the Bantam to within three at 9-6 with ample time left. Trinity sophomore midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) secured the ensuing draw and Lyne had a free-position opportunity with just under two minutes left, but was called for a dangerous shot attempt and Salisbury kept possession for the remainder of play.

"We did a great job on the draw to give ourselves a chance, but it came down the little things late that kept us from making it all the way back," said Trinity Head Coach Kate Livesay.

Trinity had won the game's opening draw and Griffin did not hesitate with a strong move past her defender on the right side, but Wheatley saved the shot. Sea Gull senior attacker Shannon Carta (Annapolis, Md.) made the first of her three assists in the opening 20 minutes with a pass to sophomore attacker Megan Wallenhorst (Ellicott City, Md.) for the game's first goal at the 23:15 mark. Carta found Nemecek for a second Sea Gull score off a Bantam turnover in its own end 3:05 later, and Haker scored with a low shot on a free position for a 3-0 Sea Gull lead with 17:19 remaining in the first half.

Kusiak nearly put the Bantams on the board midway through the half, weaving through traffic for a shot a close range, but the bid was stopped by Wheatley. Mullaney and freshman middie Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.) both just missed wide from very close on the right side, and a Wheatley save against Simpson while the Sea Gulls were playing a player down in the final minute kept Trinity without a first-half goal for the first time this spring. Mooney made three saves in final three minutes to keep the deficit within striking distance, including a pivotal stop against Nemecek at point-blank range with just two seconds on the clock.

Trinity won 13 draws and lost just four, but Salisbury held a 12-to-5 advantage on ground balls and forced 13 turnovers while committing eight. Mooney finished with five saves, while Lyne and junior middie Caroline Hayes (Greenfield, N.H.) added four draw controls apiece, and senior defender Midge Daniel (Wellesley, Mass.) added a pair of caused turnovers. Haker led all scorers with three goals and one assist, while Carta finished with four assists, and Wheatley had five stops. Kusiak, Shepard, and Hayes made the Final Four all-tournament team, while Baer was named the MVP of the weekend.

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2014-05-25



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