SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University field hockey team begins play in the 2018 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament on Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium, taking on No. 15 Washington & Jefferson College beginning at 11 a.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls were the top seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, earning a first round bye before rolling to a 3-0 win in the semifinal round against fourth-seeded University of Mary Washington. In the CAC title game, Salisbury came up with a 3-1 win over third-seeded Christopher Newport University for the conference championship. Junior Rachel Domanico scored the game winner late in the first half as three different Sea Gulls scored. Salisbury earned a first round bye to reach the second round of the NCAA tournament.
How they got here
The Presidents (18-1) earned an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament by winning the Empire 8 Conference tournament with a pair of 1-0 wins, topping Harwick College and St. John Fisher College for the title. In the first round of the NCAA tournament on Wednesday, Washington & Jefferson defeated Rhodes College, 3-0. Rachel Buyan scored twice in the game, including the game winner just four minutes into the contest. Alana Boyd added the final tally while goalkeeper Rena Israel notched a pair of saves for the shutout.
Saturday's game will mark the first meeting between the two programs.
Scouting the Presidents
Washington & Jefferson enters the weekend with the top defense in the nation, allowing just 0.27 goals per game. Israel has played nearly 1,200 minutes in goal for the Presidents, starting 17 of the team's 19 games. She leads Division III field hockey with a .913 save percentage. Buyan has scored 16 goals to lead Washington & Jefferson's offensive efforts, standing fourth in the Empire 8 in goals per game, while Boyd has scored 11 times.
The winner of Saturday's game will play on Sunday at 1 p.m., taking on the winner of Saturday's other game between Tufts University and Smith College, for a spot in the NCAA semifinals.