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Stevenson tops Denison, third date with Salisbury in NCAA semis looms

Posted on 16 May 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) totaled six points with five goals and one assist, breaking the school’s NCAA Tournament record for goals as the No. 5 Mustangs advanced to semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 14-7 victory over No. 8 Denison Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

With the win, Stevenson (18-4) improved to 13-1 at home this season and advanced to its third national semfinal in four NCAA Tournament appearances. The team is also one win shy of the school record for wins in a season set in 2010.

The win also sets up a third meeting between the Mustangs and rival Salisbury for the third time this season. Sunday’s game will mark the ninth meeting between the schools in the last three seasons and the third in last four in the NCAA Tournament.

For Reid, he now has 19 goals in five games in the NCAA Tournament, breaking the school record held by Richie Ford who had 15 in eight games.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and held an 8-3 advantage at the half. In 22 games this season, Stevenson has outscored its opponents 131-57 in the first half, including 80-27 in the second quarter.

Reid scored four of his five goals in the first half, including three in-a-row to end the second quarter.

Denison (15-2), who suffered both of its losses this season at Mustang Stadium, pulled within four on Alex Hardt’s 37th goal of the season with 10:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. Both teams would exchange goals over the next two minutes before the Mustangs finished the game by netting the final three to send the team to its third semifinals.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte) finished with four goals while senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) had two goals and one assist and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had one goal and two assists.

Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) also scored two goals.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled 11 saves to lead the defense while junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and junior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) each had three caused turnovers.

Hardt finished with three goals to lead the Big Red while Cory Couture had two goals and one assist. Nick Petracca was credited with 15 saves.

Sunday’s semifinal game time between Stevenson and Salisbury will be announced on Thursday.

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Goucher Tournament run ends at Salisbury

Posted on 13 May 2012 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday after a 12-4 victory over Goucher College.

With the win, the Sea Gulls, who came into the game having never lost to the Gophers, increased their all-time record to 23-0 over the program.

“I think it was a solid performance,” Salisbury Head Coach Jim Berkman said. “The defense shut them down, holding the team to one goal at halftime.” The Sea Gull defense dominated the game allowing only four goals total, causing 17 turnovers and picking up 39 ground balls to Goucher’s 23.

Salisbury jumped out to an early lead with three goals in the first quarter. Senior attackman Tony Mendes netted the game’s first goal at the 9:25 mark of the period. Senior midfielder Cory Nowak added the team’s second score before sophomore attackman Rhett DePol flicked an off-balance, behind-the-back shot past the Gopher’s goalkeeper with 27 seconds left in the period to give Salisbury the 3-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Senior attackmen Erik Krum and Lantz Carter and junior midfielder Ryan Clarke all got their names into the scoring column with goals in the second quarter. Goucher’s Kyle Boncaro netted his team’s first goal to start the period before Krum and Carter ripped off two scores within one minute of one another. After Clarke’s tally, the Gulls took a 6-1 lead into the half.

Salisbury dominated play in the first half winning 6-of-8 faceoffs, outshooting the Gopher’s 18-9 and converting on 5-of-7 clears. For the game, the Sea Gulls dominated at the X winning 14-of-18 faceoffs.

The Gophers entered the contest as one of the better man-up teams in the nation, converting 40 percent of their tries (11th in the country). The Salisbury defense denied all four first-half man-up chances, and Goucher was 0-for-6 on the night.

“We had a pretty good read on them,” Berkman said. “We had four or five game films of them and I had seen them play in person. They had three or four plays set that they really looked for and some guys that they definitely looked for and we took those things away.”

The first goal of the third quarter did not come until the 6:54 mark as Clarke netted his second goal to end a Salisbury scoring drought that started with 9:45 left in the second quarter and lasted 17:51.

Senior attackman Matt Cannone, who led the Gulls with three goals, added his first in the third quarter to give Salisbury an 8-2 leading going into the fourth. Cannone and Mendes both had four points to lead the team in the game.

Salisbury added four more goals in the fourth quarter to cap off the game. Cannone netted two while Mendes and senior midfielder Sam Bradman added one each. Salisbury had eight different players find the back of the net in the game.

“It was good to see a couple other guys score,” Berkman said. “Lantz Carter had a big goal and the first midfield got one or two each. Guys stepped up when they got their opportunities.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up his first NCAA tournament win, playing over 58 minutes in the cage while making 10 saves.

Salisbury moves on to host Cabrini College on Wednesday at Sea Gull Stadium for a NCAA quarterfinal game; the game time is to be announced.

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Goucher tops Washington in Tourney opener, date with Salisbury looms

Posted on 09 May 2012 by WNST Staff

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — For a good portion of this afternoon’s game, it appeared as though Rory Averett (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North) might score enough goals to assure a Goucher victory over Washington (Md.) in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

The senior attackman scored twice in the first quarter and the Gophers were up 2-1 after 15 minutes. He stuck another one in the second period as Goucher enjoyed a 3-2 advantage at halftime.

There was only one goal scored the entire third period and it was an extra-man goal by Averett which made the score 4-2 in favor of the Gophers.

But in a span of nine seconds during the early stages of the fourth quarter, the Shoremen wiped out their deficit. They closed to within 4-3 on a goal by Dominic Serio with 12:44 left to play. Michael Trapp won the ensuing faceoff, scooped up a ground ball, took off up the field and deposited a shot in the net to create a 4-4 tie.

The tie would last for nearly five full minutes before Kyle Boncaro (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) scored to put Goucher back on top.

Although the Shoremen got off six more shots over the final 7:45, not one reached its intended target as the Gophers held on for a 5-4 victory. By winning, head coach Kyle Hannan’s squad, which is at No. 10 again this week in the USILA Division III national rankings, advances in the tournament to play No. 1 Salisbury, the defending Division III national champion, on Saturday.

Averett, Goucher’s all-time leader with 190 career goals, took only two of his team’s 11 shots in the opening period, but still accounted for both of the Gophers’ goals. The first one was set up by Sam Woodruff (Glen Ridge, N.J./Kent School) and the second one by Matt Lynch (Ivyland, Pa./LaSalle College). It was Lynch’s 38th assist of the season, which breaks the former school record of 37 established in 1997 by Tim Asher.

Woodruff also picked up an assist on Averett’s goal in the second quarter.

Connor Mishaw (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) made 15 saves in goal for the Gophers and some could only be described as “remarkable.” The junior goalkeeper was particularly solid down the stretch, making three of his saves after Boncaro scored midway through the fourth quarter to put Goucher back in the lead.

In addition, Mishaw rose to the occasion when one of his teammates was serving time for a penalty, making saves on three of the nine shots the Shoremen (11-6) got off during their five extra-man opportunities.

While Washington was 0-for-5 in man-up situations, three of Goucher’s five goals came on extra-man opportunities for the Gophers (18-1). Averett’s goal that broke a 1-1 tie in the first quarter was an extra-man tally, as was with his goal in the third period and Boncaro’s tie-breaking goal in the final stanza.

Today’s win evens Goucher’s all-time record in NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse playoff games at 1-1. The Gophers made their only other appearance in the tournament in 2010 and lost to Middlebury, 10-6, in the opening round.

It’s also the school’s first victory in an NCAA postseason tournament in any sport since the men’s basketball team defeated Cabrini, 67-60, in a first-round game during the 1996-97 season.

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Stevenson blasts Birmingham-Southern in NCAA Tournament opener

Posted on 09 May 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) tied a career-high with five goals while
adding one assist for six points, one shy of his career-high, as the fourth-ranked Mustangs began their fourth NCAA Division III Men’s
Lacrosse Championship with a 13-2 win over Birmingham-Southern in the first round Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (16-4) won their sixth NCAA tournament game with all six victories coming at home where they have posted a 6-1 record.

After Erik Klein scored his team-leading 62nd goal of the season with 12:33 left in the first quarter to give the Panthers an early 1-0
lead, the Mustangs scored the next 10-straight, including four from Reid, as they built a 10-1 advantage with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

Two of Reid’s goals came with on the man-up where Stevenson was 4-for-10 for the game. Three of the Mustangs’ final four goals came
with a man-advantage. After going 0-for-3 on the extra-man in the first quarter, Stevenson scored on four of its final seven extra-man
opportunities.

The Mustangs also did well at the face-off dot, winning 13-of-18 with freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) winning 10-of-13. He also had seven ground balls.

Freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) also had a career-high, totaling three points with two goals and one assist.  Sophomore J.P. Coombe (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) also had two goals while sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) and senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) each had one goal and one assist.

Meanwhile, the Stevenson defense was led by 10 saves from senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) while juniors Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) each had three caused turnovers.

Jacob McPherson finished with one goal and one assist for Birmingham-Southern who was making its first-ever appearance in the
NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship in just its fourth season as a program. Andrew Huffman was credited with 15 saves.

The Mustangs host Gettysburg in the second round on Saturday. Game time will be announced on Thursday. The Bullets lead the overall
series with Stevenson 2-1 with the last meeting coming in the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship
with Gettysburg prevailing on the road, 12-7.

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Salisbury, Stevenson, Goucher, Washington College in same region of DIII Tourney

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Stevenson men’s lacrosse team will be making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the fourth-ranked Mustangs will host Birmingham-Southern at Mustang Stadium in the first round on Wednesday, May 8. Game time will be announced on Monday.

Stevenson (15-4) finished the regular season with at least 15 wins for the fourth-straight year and is 5-3 in the NCAA tournament. The team has advanced to the national semifinals in two of its three previous appearances, but has never played a first round contest.

Meanwhile, Birmingham-Southern (14-4) is making the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse
Championship after capturing its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. The Panthers, who are located in Birmingham,
Alabama, defeated Colorado College 8-5 in the SCAC championship game on April 29.

Wednesday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Mustangs and Panthers.

Tickets for Wednesday’s first round are $7.00 and will be available beginning Monday, May 7 in the University Store adjacent to the Owings Mills campus. Live stats, video and audio of the game will be available at GoMutangSports.com.

The winner between Stevenson and Birmingham-Southern will advance to the second round on Saturday, May 12 to face the winner between Gettysburg and Ohio Wesleyan.

The quarterfinals will be on Wednesday, May 16 with the semifinals on Sunday, May 20. The Division III national championship game will be played on Sunday, May 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Ohio Wesleyan is one of seven opponents from Stevenson’s 2012 schedule that were selected to the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Four of those opponents, SUNY Cortland, Tufts, Salisbury and Lynchburg, all received first round byes as the top two seeds in the North and South regions. The other two teams are Western New England and Denison.

The Mustangs posted a 4-3 record against those seven opponents with wins against Tufts, Western New England, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan.

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Stevenson wraps regular season with win at Ohio Wesleyan

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

DELAWARE, Ohio - Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led the team with two goals and three points, scoring both of his goals in a decisive third quarter as the No. 4 Mustangs wrapped up the regular season Saturday with a 10-5 non-conference road victory at Ohio Wesleyan.

Stevenson (15-4) finished the regular season with at least 15 wins for the fourth-straight year in anticipation of its fourth consecutive selection to the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

The NCAA selection show will take place Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 p.m., on NCAA.com.

As for Saturday, the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Ohio Wesleyan (11-4) scored three of the next four goals to pull within one when Spencer Schnell netted his second of the game just 54 seconds into the third quarter.

However, that would be as close as the Battling Bishops would get as Stevenson outscored them 5-2 in the third quarter, the last two of which came from Banick to give the Mustangs their biggest lead of the game at 9-4.

Stevenson outshot Ohio Wesleyan 16-5 in the third, but won just 2-of-7 face-offs. The Battling Bishops won 12 of the game’s 16 face-offs, but were 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities.

The Mustangs, who committed a season-low 10 turnovers, received two goals each from Banick, sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) and senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph).

Senior Nick Rossi (Baltimore, Md./Towson) also had two points with one goal and one assist.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was credited with nine saves to lead a defense that allowed five goals or less for the 10th time in 19 games this season.

Schnell and Tommy Minkler each had two goals and one assist to lead Ohio Wesleyan while Ryan McMahon had 15 saves.

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Stevenson Drops CAC Championship Game to Salisbury

Posted on 28 April 2012 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team is the Capital Athletic Conference champion for the 17th time after defeating No. 4 Stevenson University 12-9 on Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The contest was the final CAC tournament meeting between the two programs as Stevenson is moving to the Middle Atlantic Conference after this season. The Sea Gulls have won 17-of-18 conference titles since joining the CAC.

Salisbury got on the scoreboard first as senior attackman Matt Cannone netted a pass from senior attackman Erik Krum. Cannone led the team with seven points and six assists in the game. The Mustangs took the lead back with two goals, including one from their leading scorer midfielder Justin Lea who scored three in the game.

The Sea Gulls regained the advantage with a six-goal run that lasted from 7:57 left in the first quarter until 5:31 in the second quarter. Senior midfielder Cory Nowak, the team leader with four goals in the game, tallied three of his scores during the run.

After taking a 7-2 lead in the second quarter, the Sea Gull offense sputtered and Stevenson ripped off four-straight goals to cut the Gulls’ lead to 7-6 at halftime.

At the half, Salisbury was outshot by the Mustangs 18-15 but had the advantage on faceoffs and clears by winning 9-of-15 at the X and was successful on 7-of-9 clears.

Senior midfielder Sam Bradman netted all three of his goals in the second half to keep the Sea Gulls on top of the Mustangs for the remainder of the game.

Krum started the third quarter with his third goal of the game, and with that goal, he moved past former Sea Gull Matt Hickman as the No. 10 all-time career goal scorer with 143.

Salisbury took a 10-8 lead into the final quarter, and two goals from Bradman capped off the win for the Gulls.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the victory playing the entire game in the cage and making seven saves.

Salisbury will next be in action in the NCAA tournament. The field for the tournament will be announced next week.

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Many Locals on Tewaaraton Nominee List

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2012 – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2012 Tewaaraton Award men’s and women’s nominees, presented by Panama Jack. Twenty five women and 25 men were selected as nominees, from which the 12th annual Tewaaraton Award 10 finailists (5 women, 5 men) will be selected and honored May 31, 2012, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
 
The men’s award nominees include players from 20 schools, including 2011 winner Steele Stanwick (Virginia) and representatives from 18 of the current top 20 teams in the April 23 USILA Men’s Division I Poll. Salisbury University’s Sam Bradman the lone Division III representative. Five schools had two players nominated, including Johns Hopkins (Pierce Bassett, Tucker Durkin), Loyola (Scott Ratliff, Michael Sawyer), Princeton (Tyler Fiorito, Tom Schreiber), Massachusetts (Anthony Biscardi, Will Manny) and Virginia (Colin Briggs, Stanwick). Men’s nominees are as follows:
Pierce Bassett, Goalie – Johns Hopkins University
Peter Baum, Midfield – Colgate University
Jesse Bernhardt, LSM – University of Maryland
Anthony Biscardi, Midfield – University of Massachusetts
Sam Bradman, Midfield – Salisbury University
Colin Briggs, Midfield – University of Virginia
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Cunningham, Attack – Villanova University
Tucker Durkin, Defense – Johns Hopkins University
Billy Eisenreich, Attack – Bucknell University
Tyler Fiorito, Goalie – Princeton University
Marcus Holman, Attack/Midfield – University of North Carolina
Austin Kaut, Goalie – Penn State University
John Kemp, Goalie – University of Notre Dame
Roy Lang, Midfield – Cornell University
Will Manny, Attack – University of Massachusetts
Kiel Matisz, Midfield – Robert Morris University
Mark Matthews, Attack – University of Denver
Brian Megill, Defense – Syracuse University
Mason Poli, Defense – Bryant University
Scott Ratliff, LSM – Loyola University
Michael Sawyer, Attack – Loyola University
Tom Schreiber, Midfield – Princeton University
Steele Stanwick, Attack – University of Virginia
Garrett Thul, Attack – United States Military Academy
The women’s award nominees include players from 17 schools, including 2011 winner Shannon Smith (Northwestern) and representatives from 16 of the current top 20 teams in the April 24 IWLCA Division I Poll. Maryland (Kari Ellen Johnson, Iliana Sanza, Katie Schwarzmann) and North Carolina (Kara Cannizzaro, Becky Lynch, Laura Zimmerman) led all schools with three nominees each. Schwarzmann and Smith have been nominated for a second straight year.
Dana Cahill, Goalie – Penn State University
Kara Cannizzaro, Midfield – University of North Carolina
Ally Carey, Midfield – Vanderbilt University
Kitty Cullen, Attack – University of Florida
Brittany Dashiell, Midfield – University of Florida
Emma Hamm, Attack – Duke University
Kristin Igoe, Midfield – Boston College
Karri Ellen Johnson, Attack – University of Maryland
Becky Lynch, Attack – University of North Carolina
Alayna Markwordt, Attack – Ohio State University
Alyssa Murray, Attack – Syracuse University
Josie Owen, Attack – University of Virginia
Marlee Paton, Midfield – Loyola University
Sarah Plumb, Midfield – Dartmouth College
Iliana Sanza, Defense – University of Maryland
Katie Schwarzmann, Midfield – University of Maryland
Shannon Smith, Midfield – Northwestern University
Jessi Steinberg, Attack – Cormell University
Maggie Tamasitis, Attack – University of Notre Dame
Mary Teeters, Goalie – Towson University
Sophia Thomas, Midfield – Georgetown University
Taylor Thornton, Defense – Northwestern University
Michelle Tumolo, Attack – Syracuse University
Kim Wenger, Midfield – Duke University
Laura Zimmerman, Midfield – University of North Carolina
Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced May 10 and invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony. The original men’s and women’s watch lists, were announced Feb. 15 with additions made March 20 and April 3 and were ultimately comprised of 82 men’s players and 57 women’s players.
“We congratulate these 50 elite student-athletes on their remarkable accomplishments thus far this season,” said Jeff Harvey, chairman of the Tewaaraton Foundation. “With the help of our selection committees, we look forward to announcing this year’s finalists next month.” The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and ten women’s current and former coaches.
For more information on the Tewaaraton Award, please visit www.tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at www.facebook.com/Tewaaraton and www.twitter.com/tewaaraton.
 
About The Tewaaraton Foundation
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Iroquois descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit www.tewaaraton.com.
About Panama Jack
Panama Jack is an international company that has built a powerful brand and loyal following with product offerings synonymous with a carefree beach lifestyle. Its offerings include suncare products, sunglasses, beach apparel, sandals and shoes, hats, jewelry, and beach chairs and umbrellas. Panama Jack added home furnishings to its product offerings in 2011, introducing its Home Collection and Outdoor Collection that allow people to live the Panama Jack lifestyle at home. The company also launched branded luggage and beach-cruiser bicycles in 2010, as well as opening the first of several Panama Jack retail stores at top travel destinations. Founded in 1974, Panama Jack is based in Orlando, FL. To learn more, please visit www.panamajack.com.

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Stevenson Tops St. Mary’s to Advance to CAC Championship Game

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson junior attack Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) netted a hat trick, and scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7:46 remaining, as the fourth-ranked Mustangs advanced to the title game of the CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, 10-8, Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium.

Tonight’s victory sets up the 10th meeting between Stevenson and Salisbury in the last four seasons and the final time the two schools
will meet in the CAC Championship as Stevenson departs for the Middle Atlantic Conference.

The two teams have met in the Championship every season the Mustangs have been a member of the CAC except 2007, when they were ousted by the Seahawks, 8-7, in the semifinals.

Stevenson (14-3) would extend their lead to the largest of the game at 7-2 on an unassisted tally by senior midfielder Kenny Whittaker
(Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

The Seahawks (10-6) would score six of the next seven goals over the next 11:40 to knot the game at 8-8 after being held scoreless for over 28 minutes.

An otherwise statistically even game, both teams fired off 28 shots, while Stevenson held a slight edge in ground balls, 31-27.  St. Mary’s
(Md.) held more than a 2-to-1 edge in faceoffs and capitalized on both extra-man opportunities.  The Seahawks turned the ball over 23 times, four more than the Mustangs, including a critical turnover by Justin Harty with 1:00 remaining, that sealed the victory for Stevenson.

Senior goalkeeper Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made six saves, while his counterpart Stu Wheeler made nine.

The CAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at Salisbury on Saturday.  Opening face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Salisbury Dominates Washington College in War on the Shore

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team had a lot to celebrate on Saturday as it defeated No. 17 Washington (Md.) College 17-5 at Sea Gull Stadium to capture the Charles B. Clark Cup during the Sea Gulls’ second annual Lax for Leukemia game on Senior Day.

The Sea Gulls’ silent auction and t-shirt sales for Lax for Leukemia raised $11,000 that will go toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Marrow Donor Program.

Eighteen Salisbury seniors played in their final regular-season home game in the win and were recognized before the game.

With the victory, Salisbury has now won 12-straight contests against the Shoremen to improve its all-time record to 26-19 in 45 official meetings with the Eastern Shore rival.

Midfielder Sam Bradman and attackman Matt Cannone, both seniors, combined for 17 points to lead the Sea Gulls to an undefeated regular-season record of 17-0. Bradman led the team with seven goals and added an assist to finish with eight points. Cannone netted two scores and led the team with a career-high seven assists for nine points.

The Gulls started the game on a 5-0 run after junior midfielder Ryan Clarke sparked the offense with the game’s first goal just 47 seconds into the contest. Cannone netted two of the scores while Bradman and senior attackman Erik Krum each added one.

The Shoremen cut the lead to three with goals at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter. Both defenses stiffened up in the second period, holding each team to only one goal. Krum added the Gulls’ tally with 2:45 left in the period, and Salisbury took a 6-2 lead into the half.

Salisbury outshot Washington College 23-17 and won 5-of-8 faceoffs in the first half but was only able to score on 1-of-7 extra-man opportunities.

In the third quarter, Bradman caught fire with two goals within one minute of each other to ignite the Sea Gull attack. He added four more tallies in the fourth period to put the game out of reach. The Canton, N.Y. native netted six of the Gulls’ first nine goals of the second half.

The Sea Gulls took a 9-4 lead into the fourth quarter before exploding for an eight-goal quarter. Along with Bradman’s four, senior attackman Kyle Quist had two scores in the period, and Krum and Clarke both added one.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor played 55:44 in the cage and made seven saves on route to a perfect regular-season record (17-0).

Salisbury will next be in action in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The Gulls will have a first-round bye and will host a CAC semifinal game on Wednesday against an opponent that is to be determined.

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