The Salisbury and Stevenson men’s lacrosse teams will play this Sunday in Salisbury for the right to play for a national championship. Stevenson beat Roanoke 15-14 in overtime. Richie Ford got the game winning goal for the Mustangs who trailed 14-12 with 7 minutes left. The Mustangs were outshot by Roanoke 72-40 and lost the groundball battle 40.29 but Geoff Herbert had 27 saves in the goal for Stevenson.
In Salisbury the Sea Gulls also trailed 11-9 with 7 minutes left and scored the game tieing goal with 33 seconds left. In overtime, Ryan Finch won the face-off and scored the game winner 12 seconds into the OT period to give Salisbury a 12-11 win over Haverford College. The Sea Gulls won 20 of 26 face-offs, outshot the Fords 37-35, and won the groundballs 36-26.
Salisbury and Stevenson have split their first two games. Salisbury won 16-10 during the regular season at Stevenson. The Mustangs were without their starting goalie Geoff Herbert for that game. The teams met again 3 weeks later in Salisbury with the Capital Athletic Conference tournament title on the line. The Mustangs snapped Salisbury’s 15 year run of titles with a 10-6 win.
This Sunday will be the rubber match. The time hasn’t been officially announced but it probably will be sometime in the afternoon. The winner of this game plays the Cortland State/ Tufts winner on May 30 at M&T Bank Stadium for the NCAA Division III national title.