Salisbury beats Messiah, 1-0, wins 4th title in past 7 years

November 23, 2009|By Sports Digest

Caitlin Walker (Fallston) scored the only goal to lead second-ranked Salisbury (20-1) to a 1-0 victory over top-ranked Messiah (22-1) in the NCAA Division III championship game in South Hadley, Mass. The goal came 3:33 into the match off a penalty corner. Michelle Rowe (Elkton) passed the ball at the top of the circle to Tara McGovern, who found Walker on the left side of the goal, and she was able to put home the eventual game-winner. McGovern, Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, also assisted on the only goal in the semifinal victory over Tufts. The Sea Gulls won their fourth national championship in the past seven years and defeated the defending national champion Falcons, who had won 3-2 in overtime when the teams met in the regular season on Sept. 19.

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