MANHEIM, Pa. – The third-ranked Salisbury University field hockey saw their great 2019 season come to an end in the national semifinals to the two-time defending national champions, the No. 2 Middlebury Panthers, 1-0, on Saturday.
Final Score: No. 2 Middlebury 1, No. 3 Salisbury 0
Records: Salisbury (20-2) | Middlebury (20-1)
Location: Spooky Nook Sports Complex – Manheim, Pa.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Salisbury defense was tested early as Middlebury put three shots in the first quarter. Erin Nicholas made several moves in the fifth minute through the Salisbury defense but Dom Farrace made a kneeling save to end Middlebury's scoring chance.
- Farrace made two more saves in the second quarter to keep the game scoreless on a pair of penalty corners by Middlebury.
- Middlebury broke the scoreless tie in the 37th minute when the Panthers capitalized on a Salisbury substitution to get up field. Nicholas played a ball into the circle to Katie George and her shot went into the cage left post.
- Middlebury looked to add insurance on multiple corners in the early parts of the fourth quarter but the stout Salisbury defense held strong to keep the deficit at one.
- Salisbury was able to earn corners at the end of the game but Middlebury kept the Sea Gulls at bay to take the win.
- Middlebury held a 13-4 shot edge over Salisbury.
- Middlebury had a 10-6 advantage in penalty corners.
- Camryn Dennis tallied two shots, one on target.
- Tara Flavin and Arielle Johnston each notched a shot for Salisbury.
- Dom Farrace made six saves in goal.
- Katie George tallied the lone goal of the contest for Middlebury.
- Salisbury finished their 2019 season with an overall record of 20-2.
- Salisbury made their 15th Final Four appearance.
- It is the fifth time in program history that Salisbury recorded 20-plus wins in a season.