Sea Gulls win D-III record 3rd straight national title

Salisbury 1 Messiah 0

College field hockey

November 20, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Salisbury became the first team in NCAA Division III history to win three consecutive field hockey titles with a 1-0 win over Messiah in the national championship game yesterday at Washington and Lee University.

"It's unbelieveable. This really hasn't set in yet, but wow," said Sea Gulls coach Dawn Chamberlin, whose team finished 21-1.

Defender Sarah Tracey scored the game-winning goal on a pass from Brittany Elliott off a penalty corner at the 40:09 mark to give the Sea Gulls the lone goal of the game.

The Falcons (20-3) controlled the play for most of the first half as they outshot Salisbury 11-4 and held a 7-2 edge in penalty corners, but they couldn't put any shots past Sea Gulls goalkeeper Maria Ramoundos (seven saves).

"We were playing some really good defense and just wouldn't give up any goals. It was just a great defensive effort today," said Chamberlin.

Tracey and Kristina Holland led Salisbury's defensive assault in the final 35 minutes. With numerous clears and saves, Salisbury appeared to keep Messiah frustrated. With about 15 minutes remaining, Tracey came up with a huge defensive save on a shot that had rolled by Ramoundos. Tracey batted the sure goal away at the last second, making her mark both offensively and defensively.

With the win, the Sea Gulls also set an NCAA record with their 12th consecutive victory in the tournament.

Goal: S-Tracey. Assist: S-Elliott. Saves: M-Herbster 2; S-Ramoundos 7. Shots: M-17, S-12. Penalty corners: M-12, S-6. Half: 0-0.

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