SU women start title defense with 18-7 victory over Rams


The reigning national champions started their road to championship weekend in style, as the No. 2 Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team downed Farmingdale State College, 18-7, on Saturday, May 10, in second-round play of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Sea Gull Stadium.

A career day for junior Bethany Baer played key into a strong victory over the Rams (18-2), as the starting captain recorded six goals and an assist for seven points. The impressive offensive charge by the Westminster, Md., native also set a career-high in draw controls with seven, while scooping a game-high three groundballs.

Farmingdale found the back of the net first in their second appearance in the national tournament, but a seven-goal run by Salisbury (19-1) would put the game away. In the run, senior Shannon Carta blasted in two while helping on one. The Annapolis, Md., native finished the contest with two goals and a game-high three assists.

Senior goalkeeper Ashton Wheatley recorded the victory in the cage, her 18th of the season and program-record 62nd of her career, making four saves through 55:53 of play.

With the win, the Sea Gulls advance to the tournament’s regional semifinals for the 12th-consecutive year, 15th overall. Salisbury will play host to two regional semifinal contests and a regional finals, which will take place this weekend, May 17-18, at Sea Gull Stadium.

SU will matchup against Augustana (Ill.) College on Saturday, who is one of two remaining teams in the country that is still undefeated. The Vikings (19-0) advance to their second regional semifinals after defeating Adrian College, 22-14, in a first-round tilt in Rock Island, Ill.

Salisbury will be playing Augustana for the first time in program history with the winner advancing to the regional finals on Sunday against the winner of the other semifinal contest at Sea Gull Stadium between No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College and the No. 8 State University of New York at Geneseo. The regional final is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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