SALISBURY, Md. – For two years, Ursinus saw its season end at the hands of Messiah in the NCAA tournament.
The third time proved to be the charm as the Bears (18-3) scored three times in the final 7:29 to defeat the Falcons (14-4) 3-1 on Saturday at Salisbury in the NCAA second round.
The Bears will advance to play host Salisbury on Sunday in the national quarterfinals with a trip to Dudley, Mass., on the line.
Despite being outshot 25-12 and massively out-cornered 14-5, Ursinus came back from a deficit for the second time in the tournament.
Messiah got on the board first following a scoreless first half as Juliana Hershey scored on a pass from Kourtney Ehly at 50:16. Ursinus got on the board following a penalty corner via Corinne Freeman at 62:11, when Nicole Hanby took two shots. The first was blocked, but her second attempt at 62:31 proved true as the Bears tied the score.
The go-ahead goal came 2:27 later when senior Alyssa Thren scored on a shot from the right corner. Thren got the ball following a Freeman corner and off a rebound from two Hanby shots.
Thren scored the third and final goal on a shot from the middle of the circle at 67:53.
Senior goalkeeper Jill Lukens made eight saves in the win as the Bears improved to 15-6 all-time in tournament games. Ursinus will be facing Salisbury for the first time since 2009 when the Bears lost to the Sea Gulls 2-0 in Salisbury.