Hampden-sydney vs. Salisbury State
May 8, 2002
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (May 8, 2002)-Salisbury?s Scott Simmons scored three goals and had one assist, while Andy Arnold also scored three times to lead the Sea Gulls (13-4) to a 15-8 victory over Hampden-Sydney (13-3) in the first round of play in the 2002 NCAA Men?s Lacrosse Division III Tournament. The Sea Gulls advance to play the winner of the Gettysburg/Stevens Tech match on Saturday.

The Sea Gulls started the scoring as Arnold scored his first goal just seven seconds into the contest. Just over a minute later, the Gulls again scored, this time on an unassisted mark by Simmons to take at 2-0 lead.

Hampden-Sydney battled back, scoring three unanswered to take a 3-2 lead as Phil Dick (Salem, VA) scored twice, while John Neal (Richmond, VA) had one. With just over a minute to play in the opening quarter, Salisbury tied the contest as Chris Lauer netted a shot off a Joe Tamberrino assist.

The Tigers then took a 4-3 lead early in the second quarter as Matt Fassnacht (Fairfax, VA) scored his first goal of the contest. Salisbury battled back to tie the game on Arnold?s second goal, then took the lead, 5-4, on Simmons? second. Tom FitzGerald (Fairfax Station, VA) knotted the game at five for the Tigers with 10:21 to play in the first half, but the Sea Gulls ended the half with two straight goals, by Tamberrino and Steve Brianas to hold a 7-5 lead in the locker rooms.

Just three minutes into the second half, Matt Fassnacht scored his second goal of the game to cut the Sea Gulls lead to one, 7-6. However, a goal by Salisbury?s Chris Phillips at the 10:42 mark of the third quarter started a 5-0 run for the Gulls that pushed their advantage to 12-6 with 14:53 to play in the game.

Jason Rostan (Farmville, VA) and Chris Lucas (Fairfax Station, VA) scored twice in the fourth quarter for the Tigers, but four goals by the Sea Gulls put the team over the top as Salisbury won, 15-8. Overall, the Sea Gulls out-shot Hampden-Sydney, 43-23, as nine different players scored goals.

Hampden-Sydney sophomore goalie Jeremy Bull (Raleigh, NC) registered 12 saves in the net, while Salisbury?s keeper Dan Korpon recorded eight in the victory.

Salisbury, in the tournament for the 19th straight season, advances into the second round. Hampden-Sydney closes out its season ranked in the top ten for the second year in a row and having recorded a team-record 13 victories on the year.