Not even a half hour lightning delay in the second half could take away from Salisbury and Stevenson playing in the NCAA D-3 Men’s Lacrosse semifinals. It was 8-6 Sea Gulls with 13:32 left in the 3rd quarter when the game was delayed. After the delay Salisbury expanded the lead to 12-9 with 1:50 left in the 3rd quarter. Stevenson came back to tie the game at 12 on a goal by Andrew McCrumb with 12:32 left in the game. Then with 7:41 left Mike Winter scored to give Salisbury a 13-12 lead. With 1:51 left Stevenson’s version of “Batman and Robin” hooked up as Steve Kazmir assisted Richie Ford who scored behind his back to tie it at 13. Stevenson won the face-off and called a timeout. The had possession for the rest of the quarter but couldn’t score. They also won the face-off to start overtime. After another time-out Kyle Moffitt was stripped of the ball by Connor Burgasser. Salisbury successfully cleared and called a timeout themselves. Mike Winter would score his fourth goal of the game at the 2:01 mark assisted by Sam Bradman to send the Sea Gulls to another title game.
Stevenson won the statistical battle. They outshot Salisbury 45-36, won 18 face-offs to Salisbury’s 12 and won ground balls 42-33. Johnny Rodriguez had 16 saves in the cage for the Sea Gulls
Next Sunday Salisbury will play Tufts University who beat defending champion Cortland State 10-9. Game time is noon at M&T Bank Stadium. They will be looking for their ninth national title. Their first one was in 1994.