SALISBURY, Md. – No. 2 Salisbury defeated No. 7 Franklin & Marshall 11-6 in the regional finals of the 2014 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Sunday afternoon. The Sea Gulls advanced to their third straight Final Four with the victory and improved to 21-1 while the Diplomats fell to 17-6 this season.
Salisbury jumped out to an early 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the game before Mary Mitchell put the Diplomats on the board on a free position shot at 18:23. The Sea Gulls answered with two straight and went up 5-1 at 11:13 before Caroline Krohn made it 5-2 when she ran down the middle and fired to the top left of the cage. Both teams struggled to hold onto to the ball the remainder of the half with multiple turnovers for a 5-2 halftime score.
The Diplomats came out of the break strong with two straight to come within a goal, 5-4, seven minutes into the second half. Emily Everdell put the first goal through and Grace Saliba fed Krohn from behind the net for the second score.
Salisbury answered with a commanding 4-0 run and put the game out of reach with a 9-4 lead just under the midway point in the second. Mary Mitchell found Grace Saliba at 13:39 to bring F&M within four, 9-5, and Everdell made it 9-6 off an Anastasia Mergner pass at 9:59, but Salisbury countered with the final two goals of the game to secure the 11-6 victory.
Krohn and Everdell finished with two goals each while Saliba and Mitchell both scored once. Shannon Carta led the way for Salisbury with four goals while Katelyn Biondino and Bethany Baer finished with a pair for the Sea Gulls.
Christie Bonfiglio along with Mergner paced the defense with two caused turnovers each and Mergner finished with a team-high three ground balls.
Kelsey Hoffman took the loss with six saves and dropped to 15-6 while Ashton Wheatley picked up the win with eight stops.
Salisbury held a 12-7 advantage in draws, outshot F&M 23-16 while both teams went 14-for-15 in clears.