Hamilton College opened a five-goal lead in the second half, and the Continentals held on for an 11-10 win against previously unbeaten Salisbury in an NCAA Division III women's tournament semifinal in Salem, Va., yesterday.
Hamilton (20-1) will face Franklin & Marshall for the title today. Franklin & Marshall (19-1) beat The College of New Jersey, 14-12, yesterday.
Robyn Bishop led the Sea Gulls with four goals and an assist. Sue Ackermann and Kim Cudmore each added two goals.
Seven different players scored goals for Hamilton. Nicole Tetreault, Kaillie Briscoe, Jen McGowan and Anne Graveley scored two goals each to lead the Continentals.
Hamilton led 7-4 at halftime, but Salisbury cut its deficit to two on a goal with 19:34 left in the game.
The Continentals responded with three straight goals midway through the second half. Briscoe started the run on a hard shot with 12:54 remaining, and Sarah Bray made the score 9-5 with 11:09 left. Tetreault gave Hamilton a five-goal cushion with 9:37 left.
The Sea Gulls (22-1) rallied, scoring three goals in a row in just more than two minutes to trail 10-8 with 5:49 remaining. However, Hamilton scored with 1:16 left to go up 11-8.
Salisbury scored two quick goals and got possession with 3.2 seconds left, but the Sea Gulls were unable to get off a shot.
Salisbury committed a season-high 34 fouls and gave up six free-position goals, also a season-high. The Continentals committed 19 fouls and the Sea Gulls went 0-for-5 on free-position attempts.
"We turned the ball over way too many times against a quality team," Salisbury coach Jim Nestor said .