You may not realize it but the #2 and #3 division three men’s lacrosse teams in the country call Maryland home. Both of them have huge weeks culminating in a showdown on Saturday April 3rd.
Second ranked Stevenson is currently 8-0 after an 11-4 win this afternoon @Mary Washington. The Mustangs have been cruising through their early season schedule but things are about to get tougher. This Saturday #7 Roanoke comes to Owings Mills for a 1:00 game. The Maroons are also undefeated for the season. Stevenson then heads out to Fredrick for a Wednesday game againist Hood College.
The number three ranked team is the Salisbury University Sea Gulls. The Gulls are currently 8-0 entering tonight’s home game against Wesley. On Saturday they have to leave the friendly confines of Sea Gull Stadium to travel to top ranked Gettysburg which has turned into a fierce rivalry featuring many close games including a NCAA semifinal that went to double overtime in 2008 before Kylor Berkman scored for Salisbury. Last season Gettysburg won at Salisbury 11-10 which snapped am 87 game winning streak overall and 80 straight wins at home. That game also starts at 1:00. After the Gulls travel to Mary Washington on Wednesday they make the trip to Owings Mills.
The Salisbury/Stevenson rivalry is heating up at a rapid pace. Last season Stevenson goes to Salisbury and wins 14-8. That loss was Salisbury’s first loss in the Capital Athletic Conference and they joined in 1994, That spans 115 games. Salisbury would also lose to St. Mary’s before getting their act together. The teams would meet again in the CAC tournament final. This time it was at Stevenson and Salisbury won 13-5 to win their 15th straight conference title. You would think that those two games would be it but the NCAA had other ideas. Round three was a NCAA quarterfinal game. Stevenson also won that 11-9 to end the Sea Gull season before the semifinals for the first time since 2002.
This seasons first meeting takes place @ Stevenson in Owings Mills on Saturday April 3. If you are planning to attend I would arrive early. There is a women’s game between the two schools at 11:30 AM that day. It was announced today that WBAL+ which is channel 208 on Comcast will televise both games live.
Next week I will provide a more in depth preview of the game.