Trinity Women's Lacrosse Falls To Salisbury In NCAA Championship Finals
Owings Mills, Md. - Senior attacker Maggie Roundy (Ijamsville, Md.) totaled two goals and three assists to lead the Salisbury University Seagulls to a 12-5 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Finals this afternoon at Stevenson University's Mustang Stadium. 2012 NCAA Champion Trinity, which downed the Seagulls in last year's NCAA Finals, 8-7, in New Jersey, loses for the first time in 30 games to end the year at 21-1. Sailsbury completes a perfect year at 23-0 with its only loss of the last two springs coming against the Bantams in last year's finals.
"Today's game just never went our way," said Trinity Head Coach Kate Livesay (7th Season). "Salisbury made the most of all its opportunities and did not let us get any momentum.
Salisbury built a 4-0 lead early, beginning with a tally by senior midfielder Kara Koolage (Annapolis, Md.) from Roundy just 28 seconds into the contest. The Seagulls scored twice more in the opening 6:08, prompting a Trinity time out, and Roundy netted a fourth Salisbury goal before Bantam senior tri-captain midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) beat Seagull junior netminder Ashton Wheatley (Cambridge, Md.) with a high shot off a free position for the first Trinity points of the day. Wheatley had stopped Bantam freshman midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) on a free-position shot and Trinity senior attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) had a free-position shot blocked earlier in the first half.
Hildebrand converted on her second free position of the first half to cut the Seagull lead in half with 11:52 left in the first half, but Roundy snuck the ball past Bantam first-year goalie Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) from behind the net to make the score, 5-2, with 6:37 left before the break. Salisbury sophomore midfielder Bethany Baer (Westminster, Md.) added a free-position goal just inside the three-minute mark of the first half, and both goalies made saves in the final two minutes for a 6-2 score at halftime. Salisbury outshot Trinity, 13-7, in the first 30 minutes, while Trinity was 2-for-5 on clears against 6-for-6 for the Seagulls.
Trinity struck first in the second half when junior attacker Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) found a cutting Leonhard in front of the net, and Leonhard quickly shot past Wheatley to halve the Salisbury lead at 6-3. Salisbury senior attacker Lauren Feusahrens (Solomons, Md.) answered with her second goal of the game and the second Seagull goal with a Trinity player out for a yellow card. Trinity sophomore midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) scored twice to match two Salisbury goals for a 9-5 tally with just under 20 minutes left in the second half, but the Seagulls outscored the Bantams, 3-0, the rest of the way. Wheatley made key saves on shots by Leonhard and Griffin in the middle of the second half, and Salisbury held the ball for the majority of the final 10 minutes.
Trinity controlled the draw in the second half to finish with a 13-6 edge in the category, while Salisbury outshot the Bantams, 21-18. Leonhard and Hayes paced the Bantam offense with two goals apiece, while Hayes notched game-highs of three ground balls and five draw controls, and Leonhard added three draw controls and a team-high caused turnovers. Feusahrens scored five times for Salisbury, while Koolage totaled a goal, an assist, two ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Wheatley totaled nine saves and Mooney had three stops in the Salisbury and Trinity goals, respectively. Leonhard, Kusiak, and Hayes were named to the all-tournament team for the Bantams. Wheatley was the Final Four MVP.
"We were lucky enough to have smart players on this team who are capable of making their own decisions on the field," added Livesay. "We just fell short in execution. Their goalie deserves to be the MVP. It put extra pressure on our shooters to have to beat their defender and then get a shot past her.
Trinity senior tri-captain defender Mallory Hinman (Longmeadow, Mass.) added, "Over my four years, this team has gone further than I ever dreamed. To have our program rise to this level combined with the demands of our academics is a testament to my teammates and my coach."