NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championships preview

For the third straight year, Hamilton College is one of the last four teams standing as the Continentals roll into the final weekend of the 2010 NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championships at Gettysburg College's Clark Field in Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23.

Click here for Gettysburg's official championships Web page, which includes information regarding tickets, lodging, schedule of events, directions, live statistics and available live audio or video streaming.

Hamilton plays Franklin & Marshall College in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Gettysburg hosts Salisbury University in the second semifinal at 2 p.m. The winners meet for the 2010 championship on Sunday at noon. The final will be televised by CBS College Sports.

Hamilton (20-0 overall) is the last undefeated team in NCAA lacrosse this year across both genders and all three divisions. The Continentals received an automatic bid to the NCAA championships after they won their fourth straight Liberty League tournament title earlier this month. Hamilton defeated Kenyon College and Colby College in the NCAA regional. The Continentals won the national title in 2008.

Franklin & Marshall (16-3) defeated the Continentals in a 2009 semifinal, and Hamilton knocked off the Diplomats in the 2008 final. F & M, which is appearing in its sixth national semifinal, won national titles in 2007 and 2009. The Diplomats received an automatic bid for capturing the Centennial Conference tournament title, and blew past SUNY Brockport and University of Mary Washington in regionals.

Gettysburg (18-3) is in the semifinals for the fourth time and will try to win its first national title on its home field. The Bullets posted a perfect 9-0 record in the Centennial Conference in the regular season before they lost to F & M in the conference championship game in overtime. Gettysburg took its at-large bid and ran past Babson College and Trinity College in regionals.

Salisbury (19-1) and the Bullets are meeting in the semifinal for the second straight year. The Sea Gulls edged Gettysburg in 2009 and went on to lose to F & M in overtime in the championship game. Salisbury is in the semifinals for the seventh time, but is still searching for its first national title. The Sea Gulls earned an automatic bid through their Capital Athletic Conference tournament title. Salisbury defeated Catholic University and College of New Jersey in regionals.

A capsule look at all four teams in this weekend's championships can be found below.

Location: Clinton, N.Y.
Overall record: 20-0
Road/neutral record: 10-0
Conference: Liberty League
League record (finish): 8-0 (1st place)
How they reached the NCAA semifinals: Defeated Kenyon 15-3 in regional semifinals; defeated Colby 14-9 in regional final
Head coach: Patty Kloidt, eighth year at Hamilton, 112-30 record (138-63 overall)
NCAA championship appearances (last): Sixth (2009)
NCAA semifinal appearances: Third
NCAA championship titles: One (2008)
NCAA championships record: 11-4
Scoring offense: 15.20
Scoring defense: 5.85
Leading goal scorers: Liz Rave ’10 (42), Rachel Friedman ’13 (39), Anne Graveley ’11 (39)
Assist leaders: Sarah Bray ’11 (45), Libby Schultz ’12 (8), Hilary Saverin ’10 (8)
Starting goalie: Kate Fowler ’10 (6.19 gaa, .467 save pct., 20-0 record)

Location: Lancaster, Pa.
Overall record: 16-3
Road/neutral record: 8-3
Conference: Centennial
Conference record (finish): 8-1 (2nd place)
How they reached the NCAA semifinals: Defeated SUNY Brockport 16-4 in regional semifinals; defeated Mary Washington 16-3 in regional final
Head coach: Lauren Paul, second year at Franklin & Marshall, 37-4 record
NCAA championship appearances (last): 13th (2009)
NCAA semifinal appearances: Sixth
NCAA championship titles: Two (2007, 2009)
NCAA championships record: 17-10
Scoring offense: 13.87
Scoring defense: 5.92
Leading goal scorers: Meredith Lussier ’11 (56), Blake Hargest ’10 (51), Erin Dunne ’12 (33)
Assist leaders: Hargest (38), Sarah Veneski ’10 (36), Lussier (26)
Starting goalie: Lidia Sanza ’10 (6.08 gaa, .534 save pct., 16-3 record)

Location: Gettysburg, Pa.
Overall record: 18-3
Home record: 8-2
Conference: Centennial
Conference record (finish): 9-0 (1st place)
How they reached the NCAA semifinals: Defeated Babson 18-5 in regional semifinals; defeated Trinity 17-3 in regional final
Head coach: Carol Cantele, 18th year at Gettysburg, 248-83 record
NCAA championship appearances (last): 10th (2009)
NCAA semifinal appearances: Fourth
NCAA championship titles: None
NCAA championships record: 13-9
Scoring offense: 15.33
Scoring defense: 6.51
Leading goal scorers: Nina Emala ’10 (59), Hollis Stahl ’10 (56), Jessica Crane ’10 (37)
Assist leaders: Marnie Commins ’11 (30), Crane (21), Emala (21)
Starting goalie: Kristen Krammer ’10 (6.94 gaa, .498 save pct., 17-3 record)

Location: Salisbury, Md.
Overall record: 19-1
Road/neutral record: 7-1
Conference: Capital Athletic
Conference record (finish): 7-0 (1st place)
How they reached the NCAA semifinals: Defeated Catholic 18-9 in regional semifinals; defeated College of New Jersey 12-7 in regional final
Head coach: Jim Nestor, ninth year at Salisbury, 136-19 record (215-58-1 overall)
NCAA championship appearances (last): 11th (2009)
NCAA semifinal appearances: Seventh
NCAA championship titles: None
NCAA championships record: 21-10
Scoring offense: 17.40
Scoring defense: 7.35
Leading goal scorers: Logan Bilderback ’11 (47), Beth Rhodey ’10 (41), Aileen McCausland ’11 (38)
Assist leaders: Kim Cudmore ’10 (50), Trish DiGirolomo ’11 (34), Jessica Chmielewski ’10 (24)
Starting goalie: Julie Ann Caulfield ’11 (8.55 gaa, .439 save pct., 14-1 record)

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