SALISBURY, Md. – After taking down Cabrini College on Sunday, May 15 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament, the No. 3 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host Colorado College in the regional semifinals. The game is set for Saturday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls earned a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament after receiving the Capital Athletic Conference's automatic bid into the tournament when it defeated St. Mary's College of Maryland, 12-5, in the conference championship game on April 30. Salisbury took on Cabrini in the second round and defeated the Cavaliers, 15-1, to advance to the regional semifinals. Junior Gabbi Nieves tallied four goals in the game, while sophomore Kristen Murphy notched four points on one goal and three assists.
How they got here
Colorado Col., as an independent team, earned a Pool-B bid into the tournament after finishing the regular season with a 13-2 record. The Tigers captured a first-round bye and defeated Rhodes College, 18-2, in the second round of the NCAA tournament to head on to the regional semifinals.
Scouting the Tigers
The Tigers have had a potent offense in 2016, tallying 17.44 goals per game, 27.19 points per game, and notching a 9.75 scoring margin; Colorado Col., ranks third in the nation in all three categories. Annie Defrino has been a problem for the Tigers' opponents this season, tallying a team-high 52 goals, while Steph Kelly leads the team in assists, notching 44 helpers in 2016. Mary Taussiq has been a big threat on defense for the Tigers, picking up a team-high 73 groundballs while also leading the team with 45 caused turnovers.
Salisbury holds a 5-0 record against Colorado Col., in its program history. The last time the two teams met, the Sea Gulls came up with a 20-11 victory over the Tigers in the NCAA regional finals on May 13, 2007.
Movin' on up
Sophomore goalkeeper Gianna Falcone has been a stalwart in front of the net for the Sea Gulls for the past two years. The Florham Park, New Jersey native has moved up to fifth in program history in wins, tallying 29 in just two seasons. Falcone has also accumulated 189 saves over her brief career, needing just 48 more saves to move into ninth in program history in the save category.
Coming on in the second
Salisbury has outscored its opponents, 239-96 in the 2016 season, but the biggest difference has been coming in the second half. The Sea Gulls have scored 104 goals in the final 30 minutes, while allowing just 46 goals from opponents this season.
Despite having strong senior leaders, the Sea Gulls have relied on several key underclassmen on the field, both on offense and defense. Freshman Gabrielle Mongno has scored 25 goals this season, which is third on the squad, while sophomore Dana King is second on the team in assists (25) and third on the squad in points (37). Murphy has notched 32 points on the season, which is fourth on the team, and sophomore Emma Wall is tied for fourth on the team with 23 goals. Falcone has been unstoppable in front of the net, tallying 103 saves and sporting a 5.91 goals against average. Freshman Ryan Schrader has made an impact in the middle of the field, notching 32 draw controls, which is tied for first on the team.
The winner of Salisbury's game against Colorado Col., will take on the winner of the No. 6 Franklin & Marshall College and No. 13 State University of New York at Brockport matchup in the regional finals; that game will take place on Sunday, May 22 at Sea Gull Stadium with a game time of 1 p.m.