MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Junior attack Kaitlin Hilldebrand scored three goals and fifth-ranked Trinity College beat top-ranked and previously unbeaten Salisbury University 8-7 to win the NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship Sunday.

Trinity, which won its eighth straight game to finish a school-best 21-1, posted the school’s second NCAA national
championship. The Bantams, who were playing in the first NCAA Final Four in program history, had reached the quarterfinals in six of their previous seven NCAA appearances.

Trailing 5-4 in the game at Montclair State University, Trinity scored four consecutive goals in 6:28. Hildebrand started the run with consecutive goals. Hadley Duncan added the third and midfielder Liz Bruno got the last one for an 8-5 lead with 9:40 to play.

Bethany Baer scored twice to close the gap to a goal with 2:28 to go, but the Connecticut school was able to hold on for the win.

Salisbury, second in 2009 and the national champion in 2010, was looking to become the 13th undefeated national champion and the first since 2007. The Sea Gulls (22-1) also got two goals from midfielder Lauren Feusahrens.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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