Salisbury women get to Div. III title game

Salisbury 8 Middlebury 7

May 20, 2007|By From staff reports

GENEVA, N.Y. -- Robyn Bishop scored on a free-position shot with 33 seconds left in the game to lift Salisbury to an 8-7 win over Middlebury, sending the Sea Gulls to their second NCAA Division III women's national championship game in three years.

The Sea Gulls (21-1) will have a chance to avenge their only loss of the season today at noon, when they face Franklin & Marshall (20-0) at William Smith College's McCooey Field.

The Diplomats defeated Gettysburg in the first semifinal game, 13-7, to advance to the title game. They defeated Salisbury, 8-7, in Lancaster, Pa., on March 31.

Salisbury junior Alexis Morrell tied the score at 6 with 19 minutes left and senior Natalie Degele made it 7-7 with four minutes left to set the stage for Bishop's heroics.

Salisbury goalie Sonja Stuart earned her fourth win in four starts with a seven-save effort. Middlebury's Blair Bowie also had seven saves.

Salisbury scored the game's first goal less than one minute into the first half on senior Stephanie Shores' unassisted goal.

The Sea Gulls led by as many as two goals in the first half, but back-to-back Panthers goals erased the deficit. Middlebury and Salisbury traded the final four goals of the first half to go into halftime tied at 5.

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