SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host 14th-ranked York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 23 in a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal matchup at Sea Gull Stadium. The contest is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
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How We Got Here
For the 14th season in a row, the Sea Gulls finished the regular season with an unblemished record in conference play, going 8-0, while capturing a 14-2 overall record. Salisbury earned the top seed in the tournament along with a first-round bye and the possibility of hosting throughout the tournament.
How They Got Here
The Spartans ended the regular season with an overall record of 11-5 and a 5-3 mark in conference play, which earned them the No. 4 seed in the CAC tournament. York (Pa.) hosted a first-round CAC matchup Wednesday, April 20, and downed fifth-seeded Christopher Newport University, 10-5, to advance to the semifinals.
Salisbury has been victorious over York in all 16 matchups in the series history, dating back to 2006 when the two teams competed for the first time.
Last Time We Met
The Sea Gulls travelled to take on the Spartans earlier this season on Saturday, March 12, and came up with an 8-6 road victory, led by three goals from freshman Gabrielle Mongno and four assists from sophomore Dana King.
The Spartans have had a strong defense all season long, posting a team goals-against average of 5.47, which is good for second in the conference. Rachel Donovan, the net minder for York, has the top goals against average in the CAC with a 5.52 mark, while Megan Strauch has accumulated 43 groundballs on the season, which is good for fourth in the conference. Offensively, York has several weapons, including Allison Kolacy, who leads the team in points with 38 on 15 goals and 23 assists. Britanny Noell has also been productive on offense for the Spartans, leading the team in goals with 21 on the season
A Balanced Attack
The Sea Gulls have used a balanced effort on offense all season long, as 20 different players have scored at least one goal on the year, and eight have lit up the scoreboard 10 or more times. Four Gulls have notched 21 or more goals on the season, with junior Gabbi Nieves leading the team with 29 goals, senior Megan Wallenhorst and junior Ariana Maxwell with 22 goals each, and Mongno with 21 scores.
The winner will advance to CAC championship game on Saturday, April 30, against the winner of the other semifinal matchup between second-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland and third-seeded the University of Mary Washington. If Salisbury advances, the championship game will be held at Sea Gull Stadium with a game time that is still to be determined.