Gulls fall to Bullets in regional finals

Gulls fall to Bullets in regional finals

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - After advancing to its 16th NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament regional final game, the No. 9 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team took on No. 7 Gettysburg College Sunday, falling to the Bullets, 10-2.

Sunday's regional final's opening half saw physical back-and-forth play as both sides vied for the opening lead and control early on. Despite the Gulls' tight knit defense it was the hosts who struck first as Emma Christie found the net for her 38th of the season, giving the hosts the early 1-0 lead.

The remainder of the half saw the Bullets contine to not let up as the Gettysburg tacked on two more strikes before the halftime whistle to send the Gulls into the half down 3-0.

At the half, Salisbury was outshot by Gettysburg 7-3, while junior keeper Gianna Falcone notched two saves compared to Shannon Keeler's three. Salisbury's stout defensive wall helped scoop up six ground balls and split draw controls with the Bullets at two a piece in the games opening 30 minutes. 

The second half got under way in the same fashion as the first, following a pair of additional strikes from the home side in the opening 12 minutes, widening Gettysburg's lead to 5-0.

Sophomore Dana King broke through the Gettysburg back line, getting the Sea Gulls on the board in the 13th minute after finishing her streaking solo run, cutting the Bullet lead to 5-1.

The following five minutes saw the Bullets add two more insurance tallies, bringing the score to 7-2, with just over 10 minutes left in the contest.

Junior midfielder Allison Hynson got one back for the Gulls after she linked up with classmate Krissy Murphy to bring Salisbury within five, with just over eight minutes left in the contest.

With time winding down in the game, the final five minutes saw the Bullets tack on three additional tallies to insure the lead and the game's final scoreline at 10-2.

On the day, the Gulls were outshot 19-11, with Falcone earning four saves to Keeler's eight. Salisbury's defense notched seven draw controls, scooped up 11 ground balls and were near perfection on the day going 13-for-14 on clears.

Salisbury finished the season with an 16-6 record, with the senior class of Kelleher, Kacy Koolage, Marcy Lenz, Ariana Maxwell, Kayla Miller, Gabbi Nieves, and Hannah Young a big part of the Sea Gulls' two national championships in 2013 and 2014 and led the team to a 94-14 overall record during their tenures with the team. 

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