May 14, 2011

Caulfield Preserves Salisbury Win in Final Minute; Sea Gulls Advance to Regional Final

from press release

SALISBURY, Md. – The NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional semifinal game between Salisbury University and Washington and Lee University was everything one would expect from a clash between two nationally-ranked teams vying for a national championship. On Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium, it was the fifth-ranked Sea Gulls who prevailed over the 15th-ranked Generals to advance to Sunday's Regional final, but the decision came down to the final seconds of the contest.

Washington and Lee struck first on Saturday, netting the first two goals of the game just 36 seconds apart; undeterred, the Sea Gulls (19-2) reeled off the next three-straight to overtake the lead. The Generals (15-5) would tie up the contest twice in the next four minutes of the first half, but Salisbury's offense seemed to find its rhythm late in the half to take a 9-5 lead at halftime. 

A goal by junior Alyssa Fowler at the start of the second half made it 10-5 in favor of the Gulls, but the Generals strung together three-straight goals to cut their deficit to just two scores. The maroon and gold answered back with three consecutive goals of their own to make the score 13-8 with just 13:04 remaining, but Washington and Lee would not go quietly.

With their season on the line, the Generals relentlessly began to chip away at the maroon and gold's lead, scoring four unanswered goals in a row, and with less than two minutes left to play the score read 13-12 in favor of Salisbury.

Washington and Lee won the final draw control of the contest, and a Salisbury foul with just over one minute to play put the Generals in prime scoring position. A shot by General Maddie McKaig with just 58 seconds left was denied in dramatic fashion by senior keeper Julie Ann Caulfield; sophomore Alyssa Hardesty quickly scooped up the ground ball to preserve the one-goal victory.

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