Women’s lacrosse cruises past Colorado College, 17-7, to advance to regional finals

Women’s lacrosse cruises past Colorado College, 17-7, to advance to regional finals

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team took down Colorado College, 17-7, in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament regional semifinals on Saturday to advance to Sunday's regional final.

The Sea Gulls (18-2) got off to a quick start, scoring just over a minute into the game when senior Megan Wallenhorst caused a turnover in Colorado College's defensive zone, scooped up the groundball, and finished with a shot into the middle of the net to go up 1-0.

The Tigers (14-3) won the subsequent draw control, and after three big saves from sophomore goalkeeper Gianna Falcone, Colorado College found the back of the net at 25:43 when Steph Kelly scored on a free-position attempt to even the score at 1-1.

At 23:10, Salisbury took back the lead on an unassisted goal by junior Gabbi Nieves; Nieves took the ball around the left side past a defender and finished to the lower-right side of the net to put the Gulls up 2-1.

Nieves' goal was the first of a three-goal run during the next two minutes. At 21:29, Nieves scored her second goal of the day after picking off an errant pass from Colorado College and sprinting down the middle before scoring on a shot just inside the middle of the fan.

Twenty-eight seconds later, junior Ariana Maxwell scored off an assist from freshman Lindsey Wagner to go up 4-1.

Colorado College answered back with a goal at 18:41 to put the score at 4-2 when Kelly found the back of the net off a pass from Annie DeFrino.

The Sea Gull offense did not back down in the first half, though, as the team scored a pair of goals over the next five minutes.

Sophomore Allie Hynson started the scoring at 15:21, notching a goal off an assist from sophomore Dana King before sophomore Kristen Murphy scored an unassisted goal to put Salisbury up 6-2 with 13:45 left in the first half.

The Tigers scored once more in the first half when Nikki Blair put one in off an assist from Kelly at 4:27, but the Gulls would score three more times, with goals from Hynson, sophomore Emma Wall, and Wallenhorst; Hynson notched three points during the run, tallying a goal and two assists.

It took almost three minutes for a team to find the back of the net in the second half, until King scored an unassisted goal to put the score at 10-3.

DeFrino got the score at 10-4 when she scored an unassisted goal at 26:08, but neither team would score during the next six minutes.

Salisbury broke the silence with 20 minutes left in the half on a goal by Wall off an assist from Wagner to go up 11-4.

Wall's goal was the first of four in a row from the Gulls during the next five and a half minutes, as Maxwell, King, and Nieves also scored during the span to put the score at 14-4.

DeFrino scored another goal for the Tigers to get within nine goals at 14-5, before the Sea Gulls rattled off their final three goals of the day to take a 17-5 lead; sophomore Alissa Talbert, Murphy, and Hynson each scored during the run.

Colorado College closed out the contest with two-straight goals from Natalie Shishido to put the final score at 17-7.

Hynson led the Sea Gulls with a career-high five points on the day, tallying three goals and two assists, while Nieves put in three goals as well.

Junior Kieran Kelleher led the defense for Salisbury, tallying a game-high four groundballs, and Falcone tallied eight saves in front of the net for the Gulls.

With the win, Salisbury advances to the regional finals tomorrow, Sunday, May 22 at Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls will take on the winner of the Franklin & Marshall College/College at Brockport matchup. Sunday's game is set for 1 p.m.

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