D3 Lacrosse: Middlebury Captures The 2019 NCAA D3 Women’s Championship

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Middlebury College’s Emma McDonagh netted four goals in her team’s 14-9 win on Sunday over Salisbury University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello – WillCImages)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Behind a combined eight goals and one assist from Jane Earley and Emma McDonagh, the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team captured its seventh NCAA Division III national championship this afternoon with a 14-9 win over Salisbury University.

With the win, the Panthers conclude their 2019 campaign with an impressive 22-1 record, which includes the nation’s longest winning streak of 22-straight victories dating back to a 16-1 win over Springfield College on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Middlebury began Sunday’s championship by racing out to a 3-0 lead before constructing a five-goal run minutes later as the Panthers entered the break leading Salisbury, 8-4.

Salisbury trimmed the deficit early in the second half with goals from Alexis Strobel, Lydia McNulty, and Emma Skoglund before McDonagh halted the three-goal burst with an unassisted strike with 14:50 remaining.

Kirsten Murphy helped Middlebury push ahead, 11-7, on a free position attempt with 12:03 remaining, but Salisbury responded with a strike from Courtney Fegan that was set-up by McNulty with 10:23 remaining.

The Panthers would counter with a trio of goals, including a pair from McDonagh before Skoglund netted the Sea Gulls’ final goal of the contest with 46 seconds remaining.

Sunday’s championship, which was held in Ashland, Virginia, was halted with 3:10 remaining in the second half due to inclement weather. The delay lasted roughly one hour before the game resumed around 5:40 p.m. eastern time.

Middlebury secured a date with Salisbury by defeating Wesleyan University, 16-8, in yesterday’s NCAA Division III semifinals. The Sea Gulls punched their ticket to the title game with an exciting 14-11 win over Tufts University.

Julia Keith scored her 20th win between the pipes with nine saves on 18 shots, while Salisbury’s Skye Graham concluded the contest with five saves on 19 shots.

Middlebury concluded the game with 14 draw controls, while Salisbury scooped a game-high 18 ground balls.

Sunday’s win provided coach Kate Livesay with her third national championship, including her second with Middlebury. Livesay guided the Panthers to their sixth national championship in 2016 when the Blue and White beat Trinity College, 9-5.

Livesay earned her initial Division III women’s lacrosse crown on the sidelines in 2012 when she led the Bantams of Trinity to an 8-7 win over Salisbury.

D3 Lacrosse: New England D3 Women’s Midseason Team

NS MID SEASON UPDATE

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

The 2019 New England Division III lacrosse season has slowly past the midway point, which means its time to unveil our Noontime Sports Women’s Midseason Teams (first and second).

As always, stay connected with our lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax.


New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse | First Team

Claire Dunbar Amherst College  Lutherville, Md. 
Maia Noyes  Amherst College  Lexington, Mass.
Talia Land  Amherst College Larchmont, N.Y. 
Katie Allard  Bates College  Ridgewood, N.J. 
 Margaret Smith  Bates College  Wilton, Conn. 
Katie Miller  Bowdoin College  Rye, N.Y. 
Eliza Denious  Bowdoin College Wilton, Conn.
Jamie Navoni  Conn. College  Natick, Mass.
Dakota Adamec  Tufts University  Katonah, N.Y.
Abby Manning  Wesleyan University  Wilmington, Del. 

New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse | Second Team 

 Lexi Lenaghan  Babson College  Hanover, Mass.  
Fiona Bundy  Bowdoin College  Easthampton, Mass.
Robyn Pirie Colby College  Ipswich, Mass. 
Allison Pazienski Johnson & Wales  New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Emma McDonagh Middlebury College  Reading, Mass. 
Lilianna Khosrowshahi Trinity College Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
Colette Smith  Tufts University  Moorestown, N.J.
Dacia Persky  Wellesley College  Las Vegas, Nev. 
Emily Rogers Wentworth Inst. of Tech. Pembroke, Mass. 
Lauren Bradshaw   Western Conn.  Bethel, Conn. 

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