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Ladies fall to No. 1 Salisbury in NCAA Tournament

Ewing, N.J. – On Saturday, the Kenyon College women’s lacrosse team saw their season come to an end against the No. 1-ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls in the third round of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Sea Gulls held a 10-1 advantage at half before taking the postseason game, 16-3. 

The Ladies held with the Sea Gulls in the opening minutes of the contest. Kenyon’s first scoring chance came with 12:13 left in the first quarter as Emma Hutchison watched her shot saved by Salisbury goalkeeper Mary Claire Hisle. The Sea Gulls started their scoring a few minutes later as Camryn Pepper snuck a shot past Nola Garand. Salisbury built onto its lead less than a minute later on Delaney Hill’s free-position goal. At the seven and a half minute mark, Erin Scannell put the Sea Gulls up three. The Ladies, determined to get on the board, placed three shots on goal over the course of three possessions, but Hisle held strong in net. Before the quarter ended, Salisbury added in two more to take a 5-0 advantage into the second period. 

In the second quarter, the Sea Gulls netted four more, giving them a 9-0 lead. The Ladies cracked the scoreboard with 2:48 left before halftime. After drawing a foul, Emma Hutchison wrapped a shot around Hisle to give Kenyon its first goal of the game. Before halftime, Salisbury added another, carrying a 10-1 lead into the break. 

 After halftime, the Sea Gulls pushed their advantage to double-digits on a Maggie Sanders’ goal. While on a woman-up opportunity, Hutchison scored her second goal of the game with 10 minutes left in the period off a Tatumn Eccleston pass. Before the quarter ended, the defending champions netted a second goal, bringing their advantage to 12-2.

The Sea Gulls brought the score to 13-2 early in the fourth quarter, but Eccleston responded with a goal of her own. Following the Ladies’ scoring play, Ella Mannix answered with a goal of her own, putting Salisbury up 14-3. Before the game ended, the Sea Gulls netted two more goals.

The Ladies’ historic season ends with a remarkable record of 16-2, an 8-0 record in the North Coast Athletic Conference, regular-season and conference tournament championships, and a win in the NCAA Tournament.

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