SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will take on No. 7 Gettysburg College in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament in a regional final game on Sunday, May 21 at Clark Field. The first draw is set for 2:30 p.m.
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How we got here
After defeating Hamilton College in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Salisbury took on Ithaca College in a regional semifinal matchup and earned a 15-8 victory. Sophomore Lindsey Wagner led Salisbury offensively on the day with three goals, while junior Gianna Falcone came up with seven saves in goal.
How they got here
Gettysburg earned a first-round bye and took down Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in the second round, 13-5, before returning home to take on Rhodes College in a regional semifinal match. Katie Willis had a dominant performance for the Bullets, tallying four goals for the day in the 19-1 victory.
Salisbury has a long history against Gettysburg College, and has an overall record of 4-3 against the Bullets. The last time the Sea Gulls and the Bullets met was on May 15, 2011 with Salisbury falling to Gettysburg in a 14-13 thriller in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Scouting the Bullets
The Bullets have a solid offense, scoring just over 13 goals per game, which is ranked 52nd in the country. For Gettysburg, Caroline Jaeger leads the team in scoring with 41 goals, while Katie Landry has the most assists on the team, notching 39 on the season. The Bullets have also been strong defensively, notching a 5.20 team goals-against average, which is fourth in the nation. Shannon Keeler has garnered 99 saves on the season with a 5.26 goals-against average to lead Gettysburg in front of the net. Cassie Smith leads the team in 34 groundballs and caused turnovers with 20.
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 highly in the nation in several different team categories. The Gulls sport the No. 9 scoring defense in the country, allowing just 5.95 goals a game. Salisbury also has the 37th-ranked scoring margin in the nation with a 5.55 mark, while boasting a .750 winning percentage, which ranks 33rd in the country.
Coming on in the second
Salisbury has outscored its opponents 245-127 in the 2016 season, but the biggest difference has come in the second half. The Sea Gulls have scored 119 goals in the final 30 minutes, while allowing just 61 goals from opponents this season.
The winner of Sunday's game will move on to the NCAA tournament championship weekend to compete in a national semifinal match in Salem, Viginia on Saturday, May 27.