Salisbury 15, Colorado College 11

May 20, 2005

Ewing, N.J. -- Junior attacker Kate Scott (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) scored four goals and assisted on three others to lead undefeated and top-ranked Salisbury University to the 2005 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship game as the Sea Gulls defeated No. 6 Colorado College on Saturday afternoon in the first semifinal game of the day on the campus of The College of New Jersey.

Salisbury (17-0) will face The College of New Jersey (15-2), a 15-14 winner over the defending national champion, No. 2 Middlebury College in the second semifinal match-up, on Sunday in Lions' Stadium at noon. The game will be televised live on CSTV (DIRECTV 611).

The Sea Gulls led 6-5 at the half, but Colorado College took a brief 8-7 lead in the second half with 23:06 left to play as senior attacker Cassie Abel (Vashon Island, WA/Lakeside School) collected her second of four goals in the game. Abel finishes her career tied as the Tigers' all-time leading goal scorer with 180 after adding four goals and an assist in Saturday's semifinal contest. CC finishes the season with a 12-2 record, marking the program's first appearance in the NCAA Semifinals. For her career, Abel netted 180 goals, 61 assists, and 241 points and leaves CC ranked second all-time for the Tigers. Her 180 goals ties the mark set by Mary Everett (1996-1999).

The Sea Gulls would roar right back with four unanswered goals and mounted an 11-8 lead. Junior attacker Erin McCarthy (Gaithersburg, MD/Holy Cross) would add four goals in the match.

Salisbury's head coach Jim Nestor said of the win, "It was a great game, an exciting game to win, back-and-forth the whole time." Nestor added, "I think it was the first time all season that we were down at some point and we had the composure to come back and win."

Junior goalie Ali Goetz (Fallston, MD/Fallston) netted eight saves in the victory for the Sea Gulls, while Colorado College's junior Alana Dalton (Aurora, CO/St. Mary's Academy) had 11 saves in the game.

The Tigers' head coach Susan Stewart noted, "We battled and fought all season long to where we were today, and we had a tremendous season." Stewart added, "We gave them a run, but we gave it away in the second half. We were fighting hard in the first half and had some good control and composure, and in the second half they picked it up and took it away from us."

-- Courtesy TCNJ