September 29, 2012

Chamberlin celebrates 400th career victory with 3-1 win over York

YORK, Pa. – With a 3-1 win over Capital Athletic Conference foe York (Pa.) College, the top-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team improved to 10-0 on the season and Hall of Fame Head Coach Dawn Chamberlin collected her 400th victory at the helm of the Sea Gulls.

Salisbury (10-0, 2-0 CAC) earned a penalty corner in the first two minutes of action against the Spartans but it would be York who got on the scoreboard first.

York (5-4, 0-2 CAC) controlled action from the 9:40 mark to 10:55 taking five of its seven first-half shots, but strong play by SU's defense throughout the Spartan attack kept the game scoreless as the Sea Gulls blocked all five shots.

The Spartans would then score as Kailey Brewer dished a pass to Holly Martin for the 1-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining in the half.

It was the fourth time this season the Sea Gulls found themselves trailing, but Salisbury battled back to enter halftime tied with the Spartans after junior forward Mallory Elliott banged home a shot from the top of the circle.

At halftime, SU led in all statistical categories having taken 10 shots, seven of which were on goal, and earning five penalty corners. The Spartans entered the final 35 minutes of play with seven shots and two penalty corners.

Salisbury would up the intensity in the second half, scoring two goals to go on to win 3-1. Junior forward Bernice Jere and sophomore midfielder Summer Washburn put up the second-half tallies for the Sea Gulls.

With this win, Chamberlin has now become the 12th coach in all divisions of NCAA field hockey to achieve 400 victories. With 10 wins this season, she has the fifth-highest winning percentage (.793) all-time, surpassing Cynthia Wetmore (.790) and Missy Meharg (.789).

Chamberlin is the fifth coach in Division III history to reach 400 wins. She is also one of only three Division III coaches who have reached 400 wins at one institution. She now sits as the third winningest active coach in Division III by percentage and victories.

In Chamberlin's 26 seasons at Salisbury, she has coached four NCAA championship teams, 86 All-Americans, 110 All-Region selections, 104 All-CAC selections, 14 CAC Players of the Year, eight CAC Rookies of the Year, and has been named CAC Coach of the Year 14 times since 1995.

Chamberlin and the Sea Gulls will continue on the road as they head to Rowan University on Wednesday, Oct. 10, for a non-conference matchup. That game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Chamberlin will be honored for reaching her 400th victory prior the start of a CAC matchup against No. 7 University of Mary Washington. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.

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