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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.