SALISBURY, Md. – The seventh-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host Lebanon Valley College on Sunday, May 12 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at 1 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 16-3 overall and 6-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference to earn the No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament along with a first-round bye. Salisbury took down Christopher Newport University, 22-11, in the second round of the CAC tournament before falling to No. 2 seed York College of Pennsylvania, 13-11, in the championship game. The Sea Gulls earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, making their 20th appearance in program history.
How they got here
Lebanon Valley advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, earning its first-ever MAC Commonwealth championship with a 10-5 win over Stevenson University. The Flying Dutchmen went 11-7 overall and 6-2 in conference play in 2019 before defeating United States Merchant Marine Academy, 13-11, in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. The win marks the first-ever NCAA tournament victory for the Dutchmen, moving their record to 12-7.
Salisbury has never faced Lebanon Valley, marking the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Scouting the Flying Dutchmen
Lebanon Valley comes in averaging 13.47 goals per game. Leading the attack is Veronica Venezia, who has amassed 109 points on the season with 52 goals and 57 assists. Her 109 points rank 17th in the nation. Defensively, the Flying Dutchmen are allowing 10.00 goals per game. Jen Eck leads the team with 37 caused turnovers while tallying 37 groundballs. Goalkeeper Leah Franklin has appeared in 11 games on the year, starting eight of them. Franklin has a 9.22 goals-against average and 47.5 save percentage on the season.
Competing against the best
The Sea Gulls have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season. Salisbury has played against nine teams in the final IWLCA top 25, including six opponents that finished in the top 10. The Sea Gulls went 7-3 against those ranked teams, splitting a pair of match-ups with No. 6 York.
On the draw
Salisbury has two current players in the top 10 in program history in career draw controls. Martha Hutzell ranks third all time with 145, while Ryan Schrader ranks 10th with 110. Both players have a chance to move up the list in this game, as Hutzell is three behind third place and Schrader is three behind ninth place. Hutzell has recorded a team-high 67 draw controls this season, while Schrader is third on the team with 41.
The winner will move on to the third round on Saturday, May 18 to take on the winner of the Colorado College and George Fox University game. A game time and location will be determined later this week.