GETTYSBURG, Pa. – One more win and the No. 2 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team can call itself national champion for the third time in program history. The Sea Gulls meet a familiar foe in the title game, as No. 3 Trinity (Conn.) College looks to claim its second title in three years. The championship match is set to begin at 2:30 p.m., at Clark Field.
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How We Got Here
After going undefeated in the regular season of the Capital Athletic 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. Hosting regionals, Salisbury downed unbeaten Augustana (Ill.) College, 16-3, before punching a ticket to the final four with an 11-6 victory over the Diplomats of Franklin & Marshall College in the regional final. In the national semifinals in Gettysburg, Pa., two of the top defenses in the country faced off as the Sea Gulls got the better part of No. 5 Amherst College, downing the Lord Jeffs, 8-4, to advance to their seventh national title game.
How They Got Here
The Bantams earned an automatic bid into the national tournament after defeating Amherst, 10-7, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship on May 4. Receiving a first-round bye, the NCAA Division III tournament kicked off in the second round for Trinity, downing Castleton State College, 16-4, to advance to the regional weekend. In the regional semifinals, Trinity traveled to Gettysburg to play the State University of New York at Fredonia, winning that contest, 16-5, moving them to the regional finals against the site host, Gettysburg College. Ripping through the Bullets, 16-8, the Bantams advanced to championship weekend where they handed the No. 1 State University of New York at Cortland its first loss of the season with an 8-7-comeback victory.
Salisbury has only competed against Trinity three times in program history, it just so happens that two of those were in the national championship. The Sea Gulls first contest against the Bantams was in the 2012 title game, where Trinity held off SU with an 8-7 victory. With redemption in mind all through the 2013 season, Salisbury blew through its schedule and defeated the Bantams in the championship, 12-5, to claim its second national championship on a perfect 23-0 record for the year. The Gulls traveled to Clermont, Fla., earlier this season, defeating the then-No.6 Bantams, 11-8, to maintain a 2-1 advantage in the series. This is the third-consecutive year the two programs have met up in the national title game. What will this year's result be?