Salisbury completes the dream season with a 14-13 win for the championship. The Tufts Jumbos (9-1) took on the Salisbury Seagulls (19-0) in the Women’s DIII Championship. The heavyweights came in with a combined 28-0 record so, something had to give.
Salisbury, as normal, jumped out a 4-0 lead with just 7:45 played furnished by goals from Erin Scannell (1g), Alexis Strobel (1g,1a) off a free position shot. Jackie Talbert (2g) and Riley Hartman (2g) to set the Sea Gulls up. Save yer breath fella. Colette Smith (3g) at 15:40 and again at 14:46 halved the lead. The Jumbos were making a statement with Claire Wright (1g) making it a 4-3 game.
Talbert made it a 5-3 affair. Tufts countered with goals from Emily Games (3g.1 helper) off a feed from Catherine Lawliss. Lawliss (5G,1a) doing it herself to a 5-5 affair. Camryn Pepper (2g) on the advantage with an answer from Games closed the exciting first half with a 6-6 score. Salisbury opened the second half with net benders from Pepper, Delaney Hill (1g) on the advantage, followed by Lauren Valenti (1g), and seemed to be running away with this one, 9-6.
However, Tufts has something to say. Games with the helper on another Lawliss marker got it to 9-8 and yet another battle was on. Riley Hartman (2g) followed by Lydia McNulty (1g,1a) pushed the Sea Gulls to an 11-8 advantage. Lawliss stepped up with a free position goal but Valenti answered keeping the lead intact.
Four minutes later it was Valenti’s turn and the lead stretched to 12-9. Lawliss added another before Anna Robinson (1g,1a) with Delaney Hill the following suit to make it 14-10 with 6:24 to play. The Jumbos were not going quietly into the night as Emma Joyce (1g), Sami Rothstein (1g), and Caroline Walter (1g) would testify to. We sat at a 14-13 game with 4:04 remaining but Tufts could not get the equalizer and the Salisbury Sea Gulls walked off with the Women’s DIII Lacrosse Championship. Salisbury completes the dream season.