SALISBURY, Md. – The second-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host Meredith College on Sunday, May 13 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 18-1 overall and 8-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference to earn the No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament along with a first-round bye. Salisbury took down Christopher Newport University, 18-9, in the second round of the CAC tournament and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament after defeating the University of Mary Washington, 12-7, in the CAC championship game, earning its 18th conference title, and 16th consecutive, in program history.
How they got here
Meredith earned its fifth-consecutive automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, taking down Piedmont College, 21-3, in the USA South championship game. The Avenging Angels then defeated the United States Merchant Marine Academy 20-9 in the first round at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, May 12 to earn their first NCAA tournament win in program history.
Salisbury has never faced Meredith, marking the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Meredith returns to Salisbury two years after falling to Cabrini College in the first round of the 2016 tournament.
Scouting the Avenging Angels
Meredith boasts one of the strongest offensive attacks in the nation, ranking second in the country in scoring offense at 19.80 goals per game and recording a scoring margin of 13.95, which is currently third in Division III. Carlee Joseph is 12th in the nation with a team-high 84 goals, while Maria Codispoti ranks 30th in Division III with 44 assists. Holly Hite has been all over the field defensively for the Avenging Angels, leading the team with 45 groundballs and 160 draw controls while ranking second on the team with 33 caused turnovers. Meredith has three different goalkeepers that have appeared in at least five games, with Joy Dietrich getting the start in net in the first-round game. Dietrich has a 3.49 goals-against average and 48.8 save percentage in 15 games, including six starts.
Competing against the best
The Sea Gulls have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season. Salisbury has played against nine teams in the final IWLCA top-25, including five opponents that were in the top 10. The Sea Gulls went 9-1 against those ranked teams, with the only loss coming to No. 1 The College of New Jersey.
A balanced attack
Salisbury has put forth a balanced effort on offense all season long, as 19 players have scored at least one goal this season. Eleven Sea Gulls have found the back of the net at least 10 times in 2018, with five players scoring over 26 goals so far. Senior Dana King leads the team with 40 goals on the year, while senior Krissy Murphy is first on the team with 64 points on 26 goals and a team-high 38 assists.
The winner will move on to the third round on Saturday, May 19 to take on Denison University. A game time will be determined later in the week.