NCAA Quarterfinal: Salisbury 8, Amherst 7

Amherst Women's Lacrosse

Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information

SALISBURY, Md. – The Mammoths impressive 2019 season came to an end Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium, as a Sea Gulls goal with four seconds remaining in regulation lifted Salisbury past the Amherst, 8-7, in NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Quarterfinal play.

With the loss, Amherst closes out the 2019 season with a 14-6 record, while Salisbury improves to 19-3 on the year and advances to play Tufts in the Final Four. 

The Mammoths opened the contest with three unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes of action as Claire Dunbar kicked off scoring with a woman-down goal at the 24:10 mark off a dish from Hannah Gustafson on a set free-positon play.

Doubling Amherst's edge with 22:53 on the clock, Hannah Fox picked up a loose ball in front of the net and sent a shot into the top corner, stick side, before Dunbar potted her second of the game off a feed from Maia Noyes 34 seconds later.

Salisbury countered with Julie Talbert, Courtney Fegan, and Taylor Poore each finding nylon in a six-minute span to even the game at 3-3.

Closing the first half with back-to-back goals from Isabelle Sennett to take a 5-3 lead at intermission, Dunbar found Sennett behind her defender for the score at the 10:15 mark, before Katherine Malone faked the shot and connected with Sennett for the catch-and-shoot score with 7:31 on the clock.

Tying the game at 5-5, Gianna Demato and Alexis Strobel hit netting at the 26:11 and 21:07 marks, respectively, before Noyes cut across the zone and buried a shot into the bottom left corner to put Amherst back out in front with 17:47 to go.

Poore capitalized on back-to-back free position shots to give the Sea Gulls their first lead of the matchup, 7-6, with 4:05 remaining. 

Coming through in the clutch for Amherst, Noyes tied the score at 7-7 less than a minute later as she vacated her position behind the net, stopped short out in front and powered a feed from Fox into the top left corner to set up a thriller down the stretch. 

After time outs by both sides in the final two minutes, it was Emma Skoglund who played hero for the Sea Gulls as she tossed a shot over the sticks of two defenders and just under the bar with four seconds to play to seal the 8-7 quarterfinal victory for Salisbury.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Talia Land (14-6) recorded seven saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Skye Graham (19-3) made seven stops for Salisbury in the win.
  • Sennett, Dunbar and Noyes each had two goals to lead the Mammoths' offense, while Land's four ground balls were a game-high. Gustafson led all players with eight draw controls, while Kelly Siebert, Gustafson, and Kat Krieg each caused two turnovers.
  • The Mammoths owned the edge in draw controls (13-4) and finished 0-for-3 on free position attempts, while Salisbury held the advantage in shots (19-18) and ground balls (15-9) and finished 4-for-5 on free position opportunities.