SALISBURY, Md. – The second-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host No. 11 Trinity (Conn.) College on Sunday, May 20 in the NCAA quarterfinals for the right to advance to championship weekend in Salem, Virginia. The Sea Gulls and Bantams will begin the regional final match-up at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.
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How we got here
Salisbury (20-1) defeated Denison University 16-4 in the third round on Saturday, May 19. Ten different players tallied a goal for the Sea Gulls, led by Dana King's hat trick. Salisbury outshot the Big Red 37-16 in the game, including 20-4 in the first half.
How they got here
Trinity (13-6) picked up a 20-11 win in the third round over Rhodes College on Saturday. Kiley Coffey and Grace O'Donnell each notched five goals to lead the Bantams. Trinity advanced to the third round with a 16-4 victory against Springfield College in the second round last weekend.
The Sea Gulls and Bantams have met five times, all of which have come in the past six years. Salisbury has won the last four meetings, with the maroon and gold picking up a 9-6 win in Clermont, Florida in 2016 for the most recent meeting between the two teams. Two of Salisbury's four wins over the Bantams have come in the national championship game, in 2013 and 2014, while Trinity defeated the Sea Gulls for the national championship in 2012.
Scouting the Bantams
Trinity comes in averaging 12.74 goals per game, led by senior Kiley Coffey's 70 goals on the season. Freshman Sophie Berger has a team-high 16 assists on the year to go along with 28 goals. Defensively, the Bantams allow 8.66 goals per game. Trinity has three players that have caused at least 20 turnovers, with sophomore Sarah Montalbano causing a team-best 23. Zoe Ferguson has all 19 decisions in goal for the Bantams this season, going 13-6. Ferguson has posted a 52.9 save percentage and 8.57 goals-against average in the 2018 campaign.
The deciding draw
The ever-important draw control could be a deciding factor in the quarterfinal match-up. The two teams average nearly the same amount of draw controls per game, with Salisbury averaging 12.57 and Trinity scooping up 11.84. The Sea Gulls came into the weekend ranked 132nd in Division III, while the Bantams were 213th. Allie Hynson leads Salisbury with 82 on the season, while Allie Barrett is tops for Trinity with 48.
Trinity assistant coach Summer Washburn was a two-year member of the Salisbury women's lacrosse team, winning a national championship over the Bantams in 2013. Washburn was also a standout for the field hockey team, earning first team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American honors and being named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2014.
The winner of Sunday's game will advance to national championship weekend, playing in the semifinals on Saturday, May 26.