Washington avenges regular-season loss to advance to Centennial semifinals

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Washington soundly defeated host Muhlenberg, 17-9, in the opening round of the Centennial Conference women’s lacrosse tournament May 1, avenging an 11-6 loss at home last month.

The stories inside that story include: junior McKenna Seashole, in her first year for the Maroon and Black, had a career high of 19 saves; senior attacker Morgan Sutherland finished with career highs of nine points and six assists; senior midfielder Abby Laubach won her 200th career draw; and sophomore attacker Mia Salvatierra became the 36th player in program history to total 100 career points.

It was an eventful day for Washington, which was seeded fifth in the six-school tournament.

Junior attacker Tobin Chambers dented the scoreboard less than two minutes in for the first goal of the afternoon, and the Shore ladies (11-7) led the rest of the way.

Laubach, Salvatierra and Sutherland scored in succession, all unassisted, to stretch the lead to 5-1 with 7:01 remaining in the second quarter. Salvatierra’s 100th career point came at the 12:33 mark on her 40th goal of the season.

Chambers closed out the quarter’s scoring with back-to-back goals, both on assists from Sutherland, to extend the spread to 7-2 at halftime. She completed her first-half hat trick with 51 seconds to go.

Washington led by as many as nine goals twice — at 16-7 on Chambers’ goal with just under five minutes to play and at 17-8 on Salvatierra’s man-down goal with 1:41 to go. Both tallies were unassisted.

All told, seven players found the back of the net for the Shore ladies: Chambers (on seven shots) and Anna Wilson (on five shots) with four goals apiece; Salvatierra (on five shots) and Sutherland (on three shots) with three goals apiece; and Laubach, Piper Evans and Valerie Rock (on one shot) each with one goal.

Laubach led all players with eight draw controls, moving up to second in program history with a total of 202. She passed Ellie Morall ’23, who won 199.

Washington, 5-1 in first-round tournament games, lost in the semifinal round on Friday. May 3 at No. 6-ranked Gettysburg, 20-6.

The top-seeded Bullets opened up an 8-1 lead after one quarter and cruised to their 16th win of the season. The spread was 14-4 at halftime.

Jordan Basso (on five shots) and Julia Daly (on eight shots) each scored five times for the winners.

Chambers had two goals in defeat. Laubach, Sutherland, Wilson and MaryCate Anson each contributed one goal.

Laubach led all players with 10 draw controls to finish with 212 in her all-star career, tying All-American Emily Hubley ’15 for the program record.

Laubach totaled 91 draw controls on the season, which is the third most in a single season for the Shore ladies. Cecily Docktor ’19 established the program record of 101 in 2019 and Morrall ’23 had 100 last season.

Laubach and Hubley also share the single-game record of 11.

The Laubach-led Class of 2024 competed in three Centennial Conference tournaments; there was no tournament in their freshman season of 2021.

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No. 4-ranked Franklin & Marshall (16-3) successfully defended its conference title with a thrilling 16-15 victory Sunday, May 5 at No. 6-ranked Gettysburg.

With the win, the Diplomats earned the Centennial Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

F&M engineered a 6-0 run in the fourth quarter to turn a 13-9 deficit into a 15-13 advantage with 6:45 remaining.

Host Gettysburg (16-3) answered with back-to-back goals to level the score at 15 with 1:06 to play.

Lane Lambeth scored what held up to be the winning goal with 38 seconds remaining.

F&M now has won 10 Centennial championships.

Senior midfielder Sarah Bowyer of Chestertown (Queen Anne’s County High School) has started all 19 games for the Diplomats this season. Her line includes 60 draw controls (second most on the team), two goals and two assists.

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Franklin & Marshall will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12. F&M received a first-round bye and will await the winner of St. Mary’s (Maryland) and Grove City (Pennsylvania) on Sunday, May 12.

St. Mary’s (United East Conference) and Grove City (Presidents’ Athletic Conference) punched their tickets as automatic qualifiers.

Gettysburg also will host a first- and second-round pod, receiving one of 14 at-large bids into the field of 46.

Gettysburg, gaining a first-round bye, will await the winner of Saturday’s first-round game between Trinity (Connecticut) and Farmingdale State (New York).

Farmingdale is the Skyline Conference champion.

No. 24-ranked Haverford (12-6), which lost to F&M in the Centennial Conference semifinals, 14-5, also earned an at-large bid and will travel to Salisbury for a first-round game against Cabrini (14-4) on Saturday.

Cabrini is the Atlantic East Conference champion.

Thirty-one conferences have been awarded automatic qualification for the tournament.

No. 5-ranked Salisbury was the one team selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The 14-3 Sea Gulls also will host this weekend.

The final 14 berths were reserved for Pool C, which includes the remaining institutions in conferences with automatic qualification that are not the conference champion plus remaining independents and members of non-qualifying conferences.

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