March 25, 2011

F&M Takes Down No. 1 Salisbury in 2OT

from press release

Franklin and Marshall's Lauren Ehrhardt pumps her fist in the air after scoring the game-winning goal on a free position in double overtime Friday at Salisbury.

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LANCASTER, Pa. – The No. 1-ranked Salisbury University women's lacrosse team suffered an 11-10 double overtime loss to No. 7 Franklin and Marshall College on Friday evening at Tylus Field.

This was the first overtime game for the Sea Gulls since the 2009 national championship, where Salisbury fell 11-10 to Franklin and Marshall. Friday's game featured the last two Division III national champions, as the Diplomats claimed the '09 title and the Sea Gulls earned the 2010 crown.

In the second overtime session, the Sea Gulls (9-1) won the draw control after sophomore attacker Katie Bollhorst scooped up the ground ball and entered the offensive zone. Salisbury worked the ball around behind the goal, before Bollhorst's pass hit junior midfielder Allie Wheatley in front of the net; the junior's shot was saved by Diplomat goalkeeper Kelsey Hoffman.

Franklin and Marshall cleared the ball successfully into the offensive zone and passed the ball around the SU defense. Lauren Ehrhardt finally drove toward the Salisbury goal and earned a free-position attempt after being fouled by an SU defender. Ehrhardt converted the free-position attempt to hand the Diplomats (6-1) the victory in this hard-fought contest.

SU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest, with goals coming from Wheatley and senior midfielder Aileen McCausland. The Diplomats responded with a score by Katie Delaney at the 22:51 mark to cut the lead to one before SU recorded the next two goals, as junior midfielder Alyssa Fowler and senior attacker Trish DiGirolomo found the back of the net. Franklin & Marshall recorded the next three goals, including another tally from Delaney to even the score at 4-4. Over the last two minutes of the first frame, each team would score two goals to bring the score to 6-6 at the break.

The Diplomats outscored the Sea Gulls 3-1 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, with the only SU score coming from Wheatley. Over the last 20 minutes of play, Salisbury countered with its own three-goal run to bring the score to 10-10, including a nice goal by Bollhorst to even the score. Wheatley earned a free-position attempt, then passed the ball off to Bollhorst on the edge of the crease; the Severna Park, Md., native slid across the face of the crease and shot the ball past Hoffman for Salisbury's 10th goal of the game.

The first overtime session featured just one shot for each team, including one that prompted a nice save from SU senior goalkeeper Julie Ann Caulfield to extend the contest.

Wheatley posted a game-high four goals to lead the way for the maroon and gold. DiGirolomo (one assist), Fowler and McCausland each tallied two goals for the Sea Gulls.

Caulfield played a career-high 67:46 and finished with nine saves for SU.

Cat Serpe led the way for the Diplomats, as she posted a game-high five points on two goals and three assists. Lauren Selawski finished with three goals for Franklin & Marshall. Hoffman staved off six shots to earn the victory.

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