May 22, 2010

By Jeff Seidel
Special to

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Kim Cudmore led a powerful offense with two goals and six assists as Salisbury broke the game open in the second half en route to a 20-12 victory over host Gettysburg on Saturday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championships.

Salisbury advances to Sunday's national final at noon against Hamilton, a 12-7 winner over Franklin & Marshall in the other semifinal. This is the Sea Gulls' fourth trip to the national title game in the last six years.

Salisbury (20-1) simply had too many weapons for Gettysburg (18-4) as the Sea Gulls finished with 19 assists on their 20 goals. Allie Wheatley (five goals, two assists), Beth Rhodey (three goals, four assists) and Jessica Chmielewski (one goal, six assists) each finished with seven points. Aileen McCausland (five goals, one assist) added six points.

Salisbury held an 11-9 halftime lead and then outscored the Bullets 9-3 in the second half.

In addition, Sea Gulls goalie Julie Ann Caulfield finished with 11 saves. The Bullets came up with several good scoring chances, but Caulfield stopped Gettysburg on a number of tough shots.

This game was a shootout from the start. But Salisbury began to take charge midway through the game with a four-goal run that gave it a 14-9 lead with 25:58 left. Wheatley had a hand in all four goals, scoring three times and getting one assist.

Gettysburg never got closer than three again. Salisbury then slowed the pace for longer stretches in the second half, keeping Gettysburg from trying to come back.

Hannah Church led the Bullets with four goals and three assists. Nina Emala added three goals.