SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University women's lacrosse team will host No. 19 Colorado College in the third round of the 2019 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls advanced to the third round with a convincing 16-3 victory over Lebanon Valley College in the second round on Sunday, May 12. Ten different players recorded a goal for Salisbury, while six finished with two goals. Alexis Strobel tallied a team-high four points on two goals and two assists, while Kendall Bannan helped lead the defensive charge with three caused turnovers and two groundballs.
How they got here
Colorado College rolled to a 21-7 second-round victory against George Fox University after also earning a first-round bye. The Tigers come into the game with an 18-1 record, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after capturing the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.
The two teams have met six times, with Salisbury winning all six matchups. Four of the six meetings have come in the NCAA tournament, with the most recent meeting coming in 2016. The Sea Gulls claimed a 17-7 victory in the third round here in Salisbury, Maryland.
Scouting the Tigers
Colorado College comes in fifth in Division III in goals per game, averaging 17.26. Junior Eva King leads the team with 98 points on 48 goals and 50 assists. Defensively, the Tigers have a goals-against average of 7.37, ranking them 21st in the nation. Senior Ellie Meyer has a team-high 31 caused turnovers while adding 36 groundballs and 30 draw controls. Goalkeeper Alena Stern has posted an 8.24 goals-against average and 52.1 save percentage, recording a 17-1 record.
Skye's the limit
In her first season as a starter in net, junior Skye Graham has posted a 47.7 save percentage and 8.37 goals-against average, which ranks her 26th in Division III. She has added a team-high 48 groundballs to go along with 16 caused turnovers on the year. Graham has held 14 of Salisbury's 20 opponents to single digit goals this season. When Graham and the Sea Gulls hold their opponent to 12 goals or fewer, they are 19-1.
Near and far
The three teams traveling to Salisbury for regional weekend have quite the difference in distance. Colorado College is 1,751 miles away, while The Catholic University of America has to travel just 116 miles. In between is Amherst College at 391 miles. Catholic and Amherst will meet in the other third-round game at Sea Gull Stadium at 2:30 p.m.
The winner of Saturday's third round game advances to Sunday's regional final to face the winner of the Catholic-Amherst game. The regional final will be held at Sea Gull Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.