SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host No. 8 York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 4 in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game. The Sea Gulls and Spartans will begin play at 2 p.m. as Salisbury looks to capture its 17th consecutive CAC crown.
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How we got here
The top-seeded Sea Gulls earned a first-round bye after going 6-0 in CAC play. In the semifinals, Salisbury defeated fifth-seeded Christopher Newport University, 22-11, behind six goals from Courtney Fegan and three goals and five assists from Alexis Strobel.
How they got here
The second-seeded Spartans went 12-5 in the regular season and 5-1 in CAC action before winning their first two games of the CAC tournament to move to 14-5 overall. York picked up a 20-3 victory over Southern Virginia University in the first round before earning a narrow 12-11 victory against third-seeded University of Mary Washington in the semifinals.
Last time we met
The regular season meeting between the two teams proved to be a thriller as Salisbury outlasted York in double overtime, 10-9. The Spartans took a 9-7 lead with 9:10 remaining in the second half, but the maroon and gold rallied back to send the game to overtime. After a scoreless first overtime period, Gabby Mongno notched the game-winner with just 19 seconds remaining in the second overtime for the win.
Scouting the Spartans
York comes in with the second-highest scoring offense in the conference at 14.11 goals per game. Meghan Fox leads the team with 55 goals on the season, which is good for third in the CAC. The Spartans rank third in the conference defensively with a 7.85 goals-against average. Goalkeeper Abby Smith ranks second in the CAC with a 50.5 save percentage and 8.29 goals-against average.
Distributing the wealth
Both teams have had 17 players record a goal on the season, with nine players tallying 10 or more goals for each squad. The Sea Gulls have six players who have recorded over 20 goals, while the Spartans boast four.
The Sea Gulls are tops in the conference with 192 caused turnovers on the season. Kendall Bannan leads the team with 26, while Taylor Poore is right behind with 25, ranking them seventh and eighth in the conference, respectively. York comes into the game last in the CAC with 148 caused turnovers on the year, though Nicole Clauter comes in right behind Bannan and Poore with 24.
The winner of Saturday's championship will receive the CAC's automatic bid in the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament, while the runner up will wait to see if it has earned an at-large bid. The selections for the NCAA tournament will be released on Sunday, May 5. The tournament begins with opening-round action on Saturday, May 11.