Diplomats upset No. 1 Salisbury
Sea Gulls suffer first loss after free-position goal in double OT
LANCASTER, Pa. –- Top-ranked Salisbury suffered an 11-10 double overtime loss, its first of the season, to No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College on Friday at Tylus Field.
The winning goal came from junior Lauren Ehrhardt. In the second overtime session, the Sea Gulls (9-1) won the draw control after attacker Katie Bollhorst scooped up the ground ball and entered the offensive zone. Salisbury worked the ball around behind the goal before Bollhorst's pass hit midfielder Allie Wheatley in front of the net; the junior's shot was saved by Diplomat goalkeeper Kelsey Hoffman.
Franklin & Marshall cleared the ball successfully into the offensive zone and passed the ball around the SU defense. Ehrhardt finally drove toward the Salisbury goal and earned a free-position attempt after being fouled by an SU defender. Ehrhardt converted the free-position attempt to hand the Diplomats their sixth win of the season against one loss.
This was the first overtime game for the Sea Gulls since the 2009 national championship, where Salisbury fell 11-10 to Franklin & Marshall.
Friday's game featured the last two Division III national champions, as the Diplomats claimed the '09 title and the Sea Gulls earned the 2010 crown.
SU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest, with goals coming from Wheatley and midfielder Aileen McCausland. The Diplomats responded with a score by Katie Delaney at the 22:51 mark to cut the lead to one before SU bounced back with two unanswered goals. Midfielder Alyssa Fowler and attacker Trish DiGirolomo found the back of the net. Franklin & Marshall recorded the next three goals, including another from Delaney to even the score at four. Over the last two minutes of the first frame, each team would score two goals to bring the score to 6-6 at the break.
The Diplomats outscored the Sea Gulls 3-1 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with the only SU score coming from Wheatley. Over the last 20 minutes of play, Salisbury countered with its own three-goal run, including a goal by Bollhorst, to even the score at 10. Wheatley earned a free-position attempt, then passed the ball off to Bollhorst on the edge of the crease. Bolhorst slid across the face of the crease and shot the ball past Hoffman for Salisbury's 10th goal of the game.
The first overtime session featured just one shot for each team, including one that prompted a save from SU goalkeeper Julie Ann Caulfield to extend the contest.
Cat Serpe led the way for the Diplomats with a game-high five points on two goals and three assists. Lauren Selawski finished with three goals for Franklin & Marshall. Hoffman staved off six shots to earn the victory.
Wheatley posted a game-high four goals to lead the way for the Sea Gulls. DiGirolomo, Fowler and McCausland each tallied two goals for the Sea Gulls.
Caulfield played a career-high 67:46 and finished with nine saves for SU.