SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team is set to host Cabrini College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The game is set for Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 16-2, and 8-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference, and notched the No. 1 seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament along with a first-round bye. Salisbury took down York College of Pennsylvania, 8-7, in the second round of the CAC tournament and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament after defeating St. Mary's College of Maryland, 12-5, in the CAC championship game, earning its 16th conference title in program history.
How they got here
The Cavaliers earned an automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament after notching an 18-10 victory over Neumann University for its 15th Colonial States Athletic Conference championship. In the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, May 14 at Sea Gull Stadium, Cabrini took down Meredith College in a thriller, 12-11, to advance to the second round. Sasha Wozniak led the team with three goals and two assists on the day, while goalkeeper Megan Barlow tallied seven saves in front of the net a picked up a game-high nine groundballs.
Cabrini has been strong both on offense and defense this season, notching the 14th-best scoring offense in the nation (14.67) and the No. 14 scoring defense in the country (7.83).The Cavaliers have the two top goal-scorers in the CSAC, with Wozniak scoring a team-leading 57 goals and Jess Breuning tallying 46 goals, which is second on the squad. Barlow leads Cabrini with a team-high 64 groundballs, while Breuning is first on the team in draw controls (77) and second on the team in caused turnovers (34) and groundballs (56). Barlow has started every game for the Cavaliers in goal, notching 117 saves and an 8.60 goals against average.
The last time we met
Salisbury and Cabrini most recently met on May 8, 2013 in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Sea Gull Stadium, and the Sea Gulls took down the Cavaliers, 21-1, in the contest. Senior Samantha Duranti tallied two goals and an assist in the game.
Competing against the best
The Sea Gulls have had arguably the toughest schedule in the nation this season. In the 2016 season, Salisbury has played against top-20 teams 11 times, including three opponents that were in the top five. According to the NCAA, the Gulls have the toughest schedule in the nation, as their opponents boast a combined 184-76 record.
A balanced attack
Salisbury has put forth a balanced effort on offense all season long, as 20 players have scored at least a goal this season. Nine Sea Gulls have found the back of the net at least 10 times in 2016, with six players scoring over 20 goals so far. Junior Gabbi Nieves leads the squad with 33 goals on the year, while senior Megan Wallenhorst is second on the team with 25 scores.
The winner of Sunday's game will move on to the regional round of competition, which will take place on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.