Gulls, Spartans set to face off in CAC title game for fourth-straight year

Gulls, Spartans set to face off in CAC title game for fourth-straight year

SALISBURY, Md. – For the fourth-consecutive year, the top-seeded Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will play host to second-seeded York College of Pennsylvania for the Capital Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, May 2 at Sea Gull Stadium. First draw is set for 3:30 p.m.

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How We Got Here

The Sea Gulls (13-3) kept their league record unblemished for the 13th-straight season, maintaining a perfect 8-0 tally, in turn earning them the top seed and a first-round bye in the tournament. Hosting a semifinal matchup against fifth-seed University of Mary Washington last weekend, SU battled out a 6-4 win to advance to Saturday's championship. Senior Bethany Baer led the offense with a game-high three goals, while senior Kara O'Rourke dished out three assists.

How They Got Here

The Spartans (13-4) dropped just one contest all season in the league, to Salisbury, to grab the No. 2 seed in the tournament. With a first-round bye, York hosted St. Mary's College of Maryland in the semifinals, coasting to an 11-6 victory to advance to Saturday's championship. Jayme Verman, Katelyn Cattrano and Brittany Noell all recorded hat tricks to pace the Spartan offense.

Last Time We Met

In the first conference game of the season on March 14, Salisbury faced off against York at Sea Gull Stadium. The Gulls put together two four-goal runs in the game to take a 10-7 victory. Sophomore Hannah Young posted a game-high four goals, while senior Kate Haker registered four points off three finishes and an assist. It was also the first game that freshman Gianna Falcone started in goal, making a career-high 11 saves to earn her first victory in net.

Series History

Dating back to 2006 when York created its women's lacrosse program, the Sea Gulls have yet to drop a contest to the hands of the Spartans with an untouched 14-0 tally. In the CAC championship, Saturday's meeting will be the fourth-straight year the two squads have faced off. The Gulls claimed the previous three titles from York, combining for a 43-16 total score.

Welcome Back

Seniors Laura Maskell and Baer, the two returning All-Americans from last season, have missed much of the year due to injuries. But the duo returned to the field last weekend and made an instant impact, seeing Baer notch a game-high three goals and Maskell scoop a game-high five ground balls to go along with her team-high two caused turnovers in the victory over the Eagles. While the two have been absent on the turf, the Sea Gulls put together a 12-1 record with their only loss being to then-No. 14 The College of New Jersey. But, having the twosome back on the field to contribute in the postseason can only be beneficial for SU.

What's Next?

The winner of the CAC championship will not only hoist the trophy, it will also earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The selection show for the Division III women's lacrosse national tournament is set for 9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 3 on NCAA.com. 

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