Gettysburg vs. Salisbury
March 29, 2008
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Salisbury University scored five times in the final 5:26 and the No. 1-ranked Sea Gulls rallied from a 7-2 halftime deficit to defeat No. 2 Gettysburg 11-8 in a non-conference men’s lacrosse showdown Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Salisbury (11-0), which extended its winning streak to 34 and its regular season winning streak to 73, received four goals from Mike Von Kamecke, with two coming in the pivotal fourth quarter. Bruce Richardson added two goals and one assist for the Sea Gulls.

Senior Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led Gettysburg (8-1) with three goals and one assist while classmate Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep (Md.)) tallied two goals and one assist. Junior Drew Duckworth (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss School (Conn.)) added a pair of goals for the Bullets, who had their 17-game home winning streak snapped. Gettysburg had not lost in Musselman Stadium since its 13-12 NCAA quarterfinal defeat to Roanoke on May 17, 2006.

The game marked a rematch of last season’s NCAA semifinal, which Salisbury won 9-6 en route to their national championship game.

After Matt Hickman scored 2:17 into the game for Salisbury, it was all Gettysburg for the remainder of the half. The Bullets reeled off a 6-0 run that spanned nearly four minutes into the second quarter as they built a 6-1 lead. Duckworth started the run when he fired home an unassisted goal at the 9:29 mark, and Gettysburg went on to score three more times before the end of the quarter. Junior Tom O’Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College) gave the Bullets the lead with 5:43 left, and Sufrin converted a feed from Dyer just under a minute later to make it 3-1. The same two players switched roles with 19 seconds on the clock, with Dyer giving the Orange & Blue a 4-1 lead after 15 minutes of play.

Sufrin deposited his second goal 46 seconds into the second quarter, and Duckworth capped the run with his second tally, making it 6-1 with 11:25 on the first-half clock. Von Kamecke stopped the bleeding for the Sea Gulls when he scored at the 5:44 mark, but less than a minute later Dyer accepted a pass from junior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) before potting his second goal of the day, giving the Bullets their 7-2 halftime advantage.

Gettysburg out-shot Salisbury 19-15 in the opening half.

The Sea Gulls came out firing in the second stanza, scoring three unanswered goals over the opening 6:21. Richardson tallied his first goal with 10:05 on the clock, and Kyle Burton followed up at the 9:28 mark to make it 7-4. Von Kamecke capped the run with 8:39 left in the third quarter, pulling Salisbury to within 7-5.

Sufrin answered for the Bullets with 4:23 showing, scoring his third goal of the day. However, that would end up being Gettysburg’s final tally of the afternoon.

Greg Titus punched in a goal for Salisbury 1:28 before the end of the third quarter, making it an 8-6 game heading into the final period.

Gettysburg blanked Salisbury over the opening 9:34 of the third quarter before the Sea Gulls opened the floodgates. Krasco scored with 5:26 left, and Von Kamecke tied the game 24 seconds later with his third goal. Richardson then posted what held up as the game-winning goal with 4:03 remaining before Von Kamecke and Jake DeLillo provided a pair of insurance goals, scoring at 3:23 and 1:18, respectively.

Salisbury out-shot the Bullets 23-14 and won 10 of 12 face-offs in the second half.

Riley Clark started in goal for Salisbury but was removed after giving up Gettysburg’s second goal. Zach Krissoff played the rest of the way, yielding six goals while stopping 10 shots in 50:43 of action.

Junior Zachary Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School (Conn.)) made a career-high 13 saves for the Bullets.

Each of the team’s leading scorers were held in check. Salisbury’s Hickman, who entered the game with 28 goals, managed only one goal while sophomore Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson), who had scored 23 goals entering the contest, was shut out, ending his 21-game scoring streak.

Gettysburg takes six days off before returning to action next Saturday, when it visits No. 5 Washington (Md.) College in a battle between the top two teams in the Centennial Conference.