SALISBURY, Md. – The seventh-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host No. 12 Amherst College on Sunday, May 19 in the NCAA quarterfinals for the right to advance to championship weekend in Ashland, Virginia. The Sea Gulls and Mammoths will begin the regional final match-up at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.
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How we got here
Salisbury defeated No. 19 Colorado College 18-8 in the third round on Saturday, May 18. The Sea Gulls jumped out to a 13-4 halftime lead to cruise to the convincing victory. Gabby Mongno recorded a team-high four goals, while Emma Skoglund and Lydia McNulty each notched hat tricks.
How they got here
Amherst picked up a 9-6 win over No. 10 The Catholic University of America in the third round. Four different players tallied two goals each, while Talia Land made nine saves in net to earn the win. Sabrina Solow was part of a defensive effort that forced the Cardinals into 25 turnovers, causing four of her own.
The Sea Gulls and Mammoths have met four times, with the teams splitting the meetings 2-2. Salisbury won the most recent meeting between the two teams in 2014. The Sea Gulls got the better of the Mammoths 8-4 in the national semifinals before going on to win the national championship. Before 2014, the teams had not met since 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with Salisbury picking up an 11-4 win. Both of Amherst's victories have come in Salisbury.
Scouting the Mammoths
Amherst comes into the game averaging 12.32 goals per game. Sophomore Claire Dunbar leads the team with 70 points on 37 goals and 33 assists. Defensively, the Mammoths boast a goals-against average of 8.21. Land has started all 19 games, going 14-5 with a 50.7 save percentage and 8.65 goals-against average. Solow has a team-high 31 caused turnovers on the year, while sophomore Maia Noyes has recorded 28 caused turnovers, scooped up 34 groundballs, and won 73 draw controls.
Skye's the limit
In her first season as a starter in net, junior Skye Graham has posted a 48.0 save percentage and 8.36 goals-against average, which ranks her 26th in Division III. She has added a team-high 50 groundballs to go along with 18 caused turnovers on the year. Graham has held 15 of Salisbury's 21 opponents to single digit goals this season. When Graham and the Sea Gulls hold their opponent to 12 goals or fewer, they are 18-1.
The winner of Sunday's game will advance to national championship weekend, playing in the semifinals on Saturday, May 26.