Salisbury Completes the Dream Season

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.

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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.

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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.

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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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