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Women's lacrosse NCAA championship 2nd round preview


Hamilton College travels to Salisbury, Md., to take on Salisbury University at Sea Gull Stadium in a 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship second round game on Sunday, May 10.

Webcast and live statistics | NCAA championship program | Salisbury's NCAA championship webpage | Bracket

The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Tickets will cost $5 for general admission and $3 for students with ID or children ages 12 and under.

Nationally ranked No. 13 Hamilton (11-5 overall) returns to the NCAA championship for the first time since 2011 but it's the program's first trip to the event since the Continentals joined the NESCAC for lacrosse in 2012. The NESCAC received four of the eight at-large bids available for the women's lacrosse championship. Hamilton advanced to the national semifinals every year from 2008 to 2010, won the title in 2008 and played in the final in 2010.

No. 8 Salisbury (14-3) rides a three-game win streak into the weekend. The Sea Gulls picked up two of those victories in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament and they were a perfect 10-0 in conference regular season and postseason games this year. The Sea Gulls are the two-time defending national champions and they are in the event for the 13th straight year.

These two teams have met three times in the NCAA championship. Salisbury defeated the Continentals in the 2000 quarterfinals and Hamilton returned the favor in the 2008 semifinals en route to its national title. The Sea Gulls edged the Continentals 7-6 in the 2010 final.

HAMILTON COLLEGE CONTINENTALS
Location: Clinton, N.Y.
Overall record: 11-5
Road/neutral record: 7-2
Conference: NESCAC
Conference record (finish): 7-3 (4th place)
IWLCA Top 20 poll ranking: No. 13
How they reached the NCAA championship: At-large bid
Head coach: Patty Kloidt, 13th year at Hamilton, 164-64 (190-97 overall, 17 years)
NCAA championship appearances (last): Eighth (2011)
NCAA titles: One (2008)
NCAA championship record: 13-6
Goals per game: 8.81
Goals allowed per game: 7.69
Leading goal scorers: Morgan Fletcher ’17 (27), Caroline McCarthy ’16 (22), Ashleigh Stephan ’15 (21)
Assist leaders: Margaret Gabriel ’16 (8), Fletcher (6)
Starting goalie: Hannah Rubin ‘17 (7.70 gaa, .417 save pct., 10-5 record)

SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS
Location: Salisbury, Md.
Overall record: 14-3
Home record: 9-1
Conference: Capital Athletic
Conference record (finish): 8-0 (1st place)
IWLCA Top 20 poll ranking: No. 8
How they reached the NCAA championship: Won CAC championship
Head coach: Jim Nestor, 14th year at Salisbury, 258-28 (337-67-1 overall, 22 years)
NCAA championship appearances (last): 16th (2014)
NCAA titles: Three (2010, 2013, 2014)
NCAA championship record: 38-12
Goals per game: 11.88
Goals allowed per game: 5.46
Leading goal scorers: Megan Wallenhorst ’16 (33), Kate Haker ’15 (28), Hannah Young ’17 (27)
Assist leaders: Kara O’Rourke ’15 (46), Wallenhorst (19), Haker (13)
Starting goalie: Gianna Falcone ‘18 (4.92 gaa, .559 save pct., 14-1 record)

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