By Brett Wright
BALTIMORE – The Salisbury University women's lacrosse team was ranked No. 2 in both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll and Lacrosse Magazine ranking this week.
The 17-1 Sea Gulls started their postseason play with a match with a semifinal match in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, finding themselves up against the Christopher Newport University Captains. Salisbury would ultimately come out on top with a final score of 21-4. Salisbury Senior Shannon Carta scored a career-high of five goals while getting assists for six points. Junior Kate Haker also played strong, adding four points of her own while supporting another five goals.
In this week’s IWLCA polls, the State University of New York at Cortland kept a hold on the top ranking for the second week in a row thanks to a 17-0 record and all 400 first-place points. Salisbury came in right behind Cortland with 376 votes. Trinity (Conn.) College rose to the third place spot this week after a 7-4 victory over now-No. 5 Amherst College in Amherst’s first loss of the season. The College of New Jersey occupies the No. 4 ranking this week with only a single loss against the Sea Gulls three weeks ago.
Lacrosse Magazine’s rankings are similar to that of the IWLCA, with Cortland and Salisbury occupying the top spots. The top five also includes TCNJ, Trinity and Amherst.
The Salisbury women’s lacrosse team will host the CAC championship this Saturday, May 3, when they face off against the York College of Pennsylvania’s Spartans. The Spartans are currently ranked 12th in this week’s Lacrosse Magazine rankings and 13th in the IWLCA poll. Salisbury has come up against York in the past three CAC title games, ultimately winning each and contributing to their 13 conference championships. The championship game will begin at 6 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.?