Salisbury advances to regional final
Last-minute save preserves victory for fifth-ranked Sea Gulls
SALISBURY, Md. – The NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional semifinal game between Salisbury and Washington & Lee was everything one would expect from a clash between two nationally-ranked teams vying for a national championship. On Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium, it was the fifth-ranked Sea Gulls who prevailed over the 15th-ranked Generals 13-12 to advance to Sunday's Regional final, but it came down to the final seconds.
Washington & Lee struck first on Saturday, netting the first two goals of the game just 36 seconds apart. Undeterred, the Sea Gulls (19-2) reeled off three unanswered goals to take the lead. The Generals (15-5) would tie up the contest twice in the next four minutes of the first half, but Salisbury's offense found its stride late in the half to take a 9-5 lead at halftime.
A goal by junior Alyssa Fowler at the start of the second half made it 10-5 in favor of the Gulls, but the Generals strung together three consecutive goals to cut their deficit to two. The maroon and gold answered back with three consecutive goals of their own to make the score 13-8 with just 13:04 remaining, but Washington & Lee would not go quietly.
With their season on the line, the Generals relentlessly began to chip away at the maroon and gold's lead, scoring four unanswered goals and with less than two minutes left to play, Salisbury led 13-12.
Washington & Lee won the final draw control of the contest, and a Salisbury foul with just over a minute to play put the Generals in prime position. A shot by Maddie McKaig with just 58 seconds left was denied in dramatic fashion by senior keeper Julie Ann Caulfield; sophomore Alyssa Hardesty quickly scooped up the ground ball to preserve the one-goal victory.
Junior Allie Wheatley was on fire for the maroon and gold, scoring a team-high four goals on four shots. Four Sea Gulls scored two goals each in the win.