Salisbury 3, Ursinus 2

Nov. 18, 2005

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Salisbury University tied the NCAA Division III Tournament record for consecutive victories (11) with a 3-2 win over Ursinus in the NCAA Field Hockey Semifinals on Friday afternoon at Washington and Lee University.

The Seagulls (20-1), winners of the last two Division III National Championships, tied the win streak held by the College of New Jersey (1990-92).

Salisbury jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 32:11 mark as junior forward Megan Powell (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) found the cage unassisted.

Following the intermission, Salisbury added to its lead as sophomore midfielder Danielle Twilley (Delmar, Del./Delmar) scored off an assist by junior defender Sarah Tracey (Hampstead, Md./Hereford) just 4:55 into the second half.

Ursinus immediately came storming back to tie the game at 2-2. Junior defender Karen Wendler (Burlington, N.J./Burlington) scored the first goal off an assist by freshman forward Kait Sutherland (Perkiomenville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) at the 41:58 mark and the duo hooked up again for the game-tieing goal at 55:46.

The tie would be short-lived, however, as Salisbury scored the game-winner just 48 seconds later on a rebound goal by sophomore forward Ashley Twigg (Elkton, Md./Elkton).

Sophomore Maria Ramoundos (Gloucester, N.J./Highland) recorded 13 saves for the Seagulls, including 10 in the second half. Sophomore Jess Lamina (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) notched five saves in goal for the Bears.

For the game, Ursinus held a 21-12 advantage in shots and a 12-7 edge in penalty corners.

Salisbury advances to Saturday's National Championship game, where it will face Messiah College. Messiah recorded a 2-1 win over Bowdoin in the first semifinal contest. Salisbury and Messiah have played once already this season, with the Seagulls taking the game by a score of 5-2.

"I think this game is going to be very different from the last meeting," said Salisbury Head Coach Dawn Chamberlin. "The first game was played on grass and this one will be played on turf which is to Messiah's liking. I think it's going to be a really good game."

The NCAA Division III National Championship game is slated to begin at 1:00 pm.

-- Courtesy Washington and Lee