April 28, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

No. 1 Salisbury University claimed its seventh straight Capital Athletic Conference title with a 16-8 victory over Mary Washington April 24 as the Sea Gulls secured their 10th consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament beginning in May.

Sophomore attack Meagan Osipowich of Hauppauge, N.Y., tallied a career-high six points on five goals and one assist.  Osipowich also netted a career-best five goals against the Eagles during the regular season.

The Sea Gulls have now strung together 58 consecutive CAC victories since 2003. Salisbury’s senior class has posted an unblemished league record and four straight CAC championships during their careers.  They now await the bracket announcement for the Division III Tournament that begins May 6.

DIPLOMATIC VICTORY:  Second-ranked Franklin & Marshall rolled to a 14-7 win over No. 4 Gettysburg April 26 as the Diplomats took their third straight Centennial Conference title, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. 

Senior Jen Pritchard netted two goals against the Bullets, and now needs just eight points to match the school record of 312. 

Each of the Diplomats’ three CC championships in the last three years has come against the Bullets.  The two teams have faced each other in the CC title game for seven consecutive years.  Franklin & Marshall has won seven straight games against Gettysburg since April 2007. 

JUMBO-SIZED WINS: Tufts University sophomore Amanda Roberts combined for eight goals in two games as the Jumbos downed Bowdoin to earn the top seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship April 24, and followed it up with a first-round defeat of Amherst two days later in the tournament.

Roberts notched two goals against Bowdoin as Tufts became the first NESCAC squad other than Middlebury to clinch the No. 1 seed in the nine-year history of the tournament.

The native of Wenham, Mass., then sparked the Jumbos to a come-from-behind victory versus Amherst as she netted five of her career-high six goals in the second half.  Roberts was selected NESCAC Player of the Week for the second time in her career for her contributions. 

No. 7 Tufts improved to 14-1 on the year, setting a program record for wins, and earned the right to host the NESCAC semifinals and championship game on May 2-3.  The Jumbos begin play against Williams College.

NOTABLE:  No. 12 Stevens Tech remained the only unbeaten team in Division III women’s lacrosse as the Ducks cruised to a 17-7 win over Alfred University April 26 to conclude Empire 8 Conference regular season play.  Senior Grace Sack recorded 14 saves in the victory as the native of Cazenovia, N.Y., garnered Empire 8 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week honors … William Smith College’s Lucy Johnson picked up her fourth Liberty League Rookie of the Week honor of the season after compiling eight goals, three assists, nine ground balls and five draw controls during a 2-1 week.  Johnson, a native of Short Hills, N.J., paces the team with 13 assists and shares the team lead with 50 points.