SALISBURY, Md. – The third-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team opens the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday, May 2 when it hosts Christopher Newport University in semifinal action at 4 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury went 16-1 overall in the regular season and a perfect 8-0 in the CAC to earn the top seed in the playoffs. The Sea Gulls beat six ranked teams on the season and eight teams that are currently in the top-25. The lone blemish was a loss at the hands of current No. 1 The College of New Jersey.
How they got here
Christopher Newport finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-8 while going 5-3 in CAC action to enter the tournament as the four seed. The Captains defeated No. 5 seed St. Mary's College of Maryland in the first round, 19-16.
Salisbury has never lost to Christopher Newport, going 17-0 all-time dating back to the first game between the two teams in 2004. Last season's game in Newport News, Virginia was the closest of the 17 meetings, as Salisbury defeated the Captains 14-12.
Last time we met
The Sea Gulls and Captains met at Sea Gull Stadium nearly a month ago on April 4, with Salisbury picking up an 18-6 win. Six different players registered two goals for the maroon and gold, while Krissy Murphy led all players with three goals on the day. Salisbury outshot Christopher Newport 33-13 in the game, with Gianna Falcone making four saves on eight shots on net in just under 44 minutes of action to earn the win.
Scouting the Captains
Christopher Newport comes in as the third highest scoring team in the conference, averaging 14.61 goals per game, just ahead of Salisbury's 14.12. Sarah Culver and Colleen Bourgal have led the attack, combining for 108 goals on the season. The Captains have surrendered over 100 more goals on the season than the Sea Gulls, coming in with a goals-against average of 12.36, which ranks sixth in the CAC.
Both teams come in with the leaders in nearly every individual statistical category in the conference. For Christopher Newport, Culver ranks first in the conference with 65 goals, 71 points, and 138 shots. Carly Wilson is also tops in the CAC with 45 assists, while goalie Kaitlyn Ready has registered a league-leading 213 saves. For Salisbury, Falcone has allowed a league-low 86 goals while ranking first with a 55.2 save percentage and 7.13 goals-against average.
The winner will advance to the CAC championship game and face the winner of the No. 2 York College of Pennsylvania and No. 3 University of Mary Washington semifinal contest. The championship game will be played at the highest remaining seed's field on Saturday, May 5 with a game time to be determined.