SALISBURY, Md. – No. 2 Salisbury escaped with an 8-6 victory over No. 6 Franklin & Marshall in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The Sea Gulls advanced to Final Four with the win while the Diplomats season comes to an end with a 16-5 mark.
Salisbury (21-0) looked to be in control early as the Sea Gulls jumped out to a 2-0 lead 1:26 into the contest and extended their advantage to 3-0 at 17:36. F&M settled down and the defense dug in, forcing eight turnovers in the half for the Diplomats.
Maggie Mae Shields put the Diplomats on the board when she buried a feed from Kimberly Abruzzo at 12:38. Lauren Selawski tallied back-to-back goals seven minutes part to make it a 3-3 game at the break. Her first tally came unassisted at 7:13 and the second came off a free position with two seconds left in the half.
The Sea Gulls opened the second in same fashion they opened the first with three unanswered goals to take a 6-3 advantage at 20:28. Selawski picked up the hat trick four minutes later on a free position shot to bring F&M within two, 6-4, at 16:21.
Maggie Roundy put one through at 13:05 for Salisbury and Bethany Baer scored unassisted at 5:45 to increase the Sea Gulls lead to 8-4. F&M did not back down and Emily D'Erasmo scored with 2:26 left to make it 8-5.
Salisbury won the ensuing draw, but Megan Kelly forced a turnover on the other end, giving F&M the ball back at 1:18. Mary Mitchell scored 37 seconds later to make it 8-6, but the Diplomats were unable to come away with the draw as the Sea Gulls secured the win.
Christie Bonfiglio was tasked with guarding Salisbury's leading point scorer Katie Bollhorst who came into the game averaging five points per game. Bonfiglio lived up to the task limiting Bollhorst to one point.
Hoffman took the loss with four saves and Ashton Wheatley picked up the victory for Salisbury with seven stops.
F&M outshot the Sea Gulls 17-14, forced 15 turnovers and went 13-for-15 on clears.