SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team opens the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday, April 30 when it hosts Christopher Newport University in semifinal action at 4 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 15-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 in CAC play to earn the top seed and first-round bye in the CAC tournament. Salisbury defeated seven ranked teams on the season, including two top-10 CAC opponents.
How they got here
The Captains went 8-9 in the regular season and 2-4 in conference play to enter the tournament as the fifth seed. Christopher Newport advanced to the semifinals with a 14-13 win over St. Mary's College of Maryland in the first round.
Last time we met
The two teams met just under three weeks ago in Newport News, Virginia, with Salisbury picking up an 18-8 victory. The Captains took a 3-2 lead midway through the first half before the Sea Gulls went on a 3-0 run to take the lead for good. After going up 6-4 at halftime, Salisbury outscored Christopher Newport 12-4 in the second half for the 18-8 win.
Scouting the Captains
Offensively, Christopher Newport is tied for fourth in the conference, averaging 13.71 goals per game. Cat Leighty leads the team with 65 points on 31 goals and 34 assists, while Sarah Culver has posted a team-high 56 goals. The Captains are sixth in the CAC with a 13.22 goals-against average. Sam Wettengel leads the team with 39 caused turnovers and 53 groundballs. Kaitlyn Ready has started all 18 games in goal for the Captains, posting a 13.63 goals-against average.
Alexis Strobel leads the conference with 56 assists on the season and ranks seventh in points with 68. The sophomore is currently tied for sixth in program history in single-season assists and only two away from cracking the top 10 in career assists. In just her second season with the maroon and gold, Strobel is three points away from 100 for her career. Strobel has three games this season in which she has recorded six assists.
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 4 at a time to be determined.