SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will take on the host and No. 12 ranked Hamilton College in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament in a second round game on Sunday, May 14 at Steubin Stadium. The first draw is set for 1 p.m.
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How we got here
After earning a automatic bid by defeating the York College of Pennsylvania in the Capital Athletic Conference finals and defeating Regis College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Salisbury is slated to take on Hamilton College in a second round matchup. Sophomore Courtney Fegan led Salisbury offensively against Regis with a career-high four points on four goals, while sophomore Lindsey Wagner also earned four points on a solo goal and three assists. Junior keeper Gianna Falcone notched a lone save in the contest, while freshman keeper Skye Graham earned two for her efforts.
How they got here
Hamilton earned a first-round bye after earning an at large bid to get into the NCAA tournament. The Continentals fell to then ranked No. 12 Trinity College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinals, 12-3. Junior keeper Hannah Burrall had a dominant performance between the pipes for Hamilton as she picked up a career-high 18 saves in the loss to the Bantams.
Salisbury has a history against Hamilton, and has an overall record of 3-2 against the Continentals. Two years ago both teams met on mothers day as Hamilton defeated the Sea Gulls in a overtime thriller at Sea Gull Stadium. This will be the two teams' third meeting in the NCAA tournament (sixth all time), as the Sea Gulls have a 1-1 record against Hamilton in the playoffs.
Scouting the Continentals
The Continentals have a strategic offense, scoring just X under goals per game. Hamiltons Darby Phillbrook leads the offensive attack for the Continentals with a team high 30 goals and six assists. Morgan Fletcher has the most assists on the team, notching 15 for the season. The Continentals have also been strong defensively, posting a 7.59 team goals-against average, which is good for 41st in the nation. Hannah Burrall has garnered 82 saves on the season with a 7.65 goals-against average to lead Hamilton in front of the net. Fletcher also leads the team in groundballs with 35 and 27 caused turnovers.
Turning it on in the tournament
The Sea Gulls have quite an impressive resume in the NCAA tournament throughout the program's illustrious history. Salisbury has won three national championships (2010, '13, '14), seven national finalist appearances (2005, '07, '09, '10, '12, '13, '14), and 18 overall NCAA tournament appearances (1999-2001, '03-'17).
Salisbury is ranked in the top 50 in the nation in two different team categories. The Gulls sport the No. 15 spot in scoring defense in the country, allowing just 6.22 goals a game. Salisbury also has the 47th ranked scoring margin in the nation with a 5.11 mark, while boasting a .722 winning percentage, which ranks 48th in the country.
Coming on in the second
SU has outscored its opponents 204-112 in the 2017 season, but the biggest difference has come in the second half. The Sea Gulls have scored 99 goals in the final 30 minutes, while allowing just 50 goals from opponents.
The winner of Sundays's game will move on to the NCAA regional semifinals next Saturday, May 20. That game time and location are TBD.