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May 20, 2000|By Katherine Dunn

Women's Div. III semifinals

No.7 Salisbury State (15-2) vs. No.1 Col. of New Jersey (15-0)

Site: Lions Stadium, Ewing, N.J.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Skinny: In their first appearance in the semifinals, the Sea Gulls face the team with the most storied history in DivisionIII. The host Lions have won 10 championships since 1985. Still, Salisbury boasts the most potent offense in the division, averaging 19.5 points a game and outscoring the opposition by an average of 11.8. Jen Mezzadra (77 goals, 17 assists) is the Sea Gulls' top scorer, followed by Amanda Moculski (42, 37), Jen Ice (45, 15) and Annie Sappington (42, 17). Dana Latona (59, 17) and Valerie Cherill (50, 23) lead the Lions, who held Salisbury to its lowest offensive output in an 18-6 win two months ago.

No.2 Middlebury (13-1) vs. No.4 Williams (13-1)

Site: Lions Stadium, Ewing, N.J.

Time: 2 p.m.

Skinny: Defending national champion Middlebury makes its seventh straight trip to the semifinals. In an all-New England Small Colleges semifinal, Williams will have a chance to avenge its only loss of the season, a 14-8 setback to the Panthers. The Ephs return to the final four for the first time since losing to the College of New Jersey in overtime in the 1998 title game. Betsy Wheeler (54, 11) and Char Glessner (42, seven) lead Middlebury, while Catherine Shortsleeve (52, 24) and Caitlin Ritchie (53, six) pace the Ephs.

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