SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team heads into Saturday's NCAA Division III women's lacrosse regional semifinals with the plan to knock off yet another undefeated foe, as the Sea Gulls take on Augustana (Ill.) College at Sea Gull Stadium; first draw is set for 11:30 a.m.
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How We Got Here
After going undefeated in the regular season of the conference for the 12th-consecutive year, Salisbury downed York College of Pennsylvania for the third-straight year in the conference title game, 13-6. The 14th championship for the Sea Gulls earned them the automatic bid into the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse tournament. As one of two top-seeded teams in the tournament, Salisbury received a first-round bye. In the second round, the Sea Gulls defeated Farmingdale State College, 18-7, to advance to the regional semifinals.
How They Got Here
Battling back from a 3-0 deficit against Carthage College in the conference championship, the Vikings earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament claiming the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference title with a 17-11 victory. Receiving a first-round bye in the tournament, Augustana met up with Adrian College in the second round, defeating the Bulldogs, 22-14. The Vikings' Hilary Kargl recorded a game-high eight goals and three assists to pace the offense.
Saturday's contest will mark the first meeting between the two programs.
Battling the Unbeatens
Salisbury has proven to be one of the top teams in the country, matching up in nine games this season with opponents ranked in the top 20. Of the nine games, three have had competitors with unblemished records. On March 23, then-No. 4 Franklin & Marshall traveled to Sea Gull Stadium where SU downed the 6-0 squad with a score of 9-8. On April 12, the Sea Gulls made a trip to No. 4 TCNJ, as SU handed the Lions their first loss with a 9-6 tally. In the final regular-season game, Salisbury squared off against then-No. 2 SUNY Cortland, who at the time was 14-0, falling to the Red Dragons for its only loss in 39 games, 12-8. Cortland sits as one of two teams in the country that remains undefeated with a 19-0 record, the other squad being Augustana.
Dorothy Said It Best...
"There's no place like home." The Sea Gulls have protected their turf for three-straight seasons, riding a 39-game winning streak into Saturday's game. Since Feb. 25, 2012, Salisbury has outscored its opponents, 604-109, at Sea Gull Stadium, with 22 of the games limiting the competitor to five goals or fewer.
The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the regional finals on Sunday, May 18, against the winner of the Franklin & Marshall/State University of New York at Geneseo matchup. First draw is set for 1 p.m.