Salisbury vs. Cabrini
May 14, 2005
The Game Story:
Salisbury, MD - Two-time defending NCAA Division III men's lacrosse
champion Salisbury University received five goals and one assist from
junior Chris Phillips (Media, PA/Penncrest) and three goals and an
assist from junior Dan Boyer (Millersville, MD/Mt. St. Joseph's) as the
Sea Gulls got past a pesky Cabrini College ballclub Saturday afternoon
in Sea Gull Stadium, 13-9, in the second round of the NCAA Men's
Lacrosse National Championship Tournament.

The No.1-ranked Sea Gulls (17-0) won their 46th consecutive game, which
is not only the longest active winning streak in the nation among NCAA
MLAX teams, but it is within one win of the all-time NCAA winning streak
of 47, set by Salisbury since 1996. Cabrini ended the season at 10-6
with Saturday's setback.

Salisbury will host No.4-ranked Gettysburg College (15-3), a 16-9
winner over No.11 Ohio Wesleyan Saturday. The quarterfinal game will be
played at Sea Gull Stadium on Wednesday (May 18). Tentative starting
time is 4 p.m. SU defeated Gettysburg, 13-7, at Sea Gull Stadium back on
April 3.

SU senior Justin Smith (Annapolis, MD/St. Vincent/Pallotti), along with
sophomores Mike Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) and Luis Gonzalez
(Crofton, MD/Arundel) each added one goal and one assist in the win,
while senior Jeff Bigas (Media, PA/Penncrest) and sophomore Eric Bishop
(Media, PA/Penncrest) both had one goal. Junior Mike Hurley (Cambridge,
MD/Cambridge-SD) added a pair of assists. Senior Bryan Bradford
(Fallston, MD/Fallston) won 16-of-22 face-offs. As a team, the Gulls won
20-of-26 face-offs and totaled 40 ground balls, compared to 24 for the
Cavaliers.

Cabrini, however, didn't go down easy. They were led by Paul
Middleton's (Ridley Park, PA/Ridley) three-goal effort. Kevin Rayer
(Woodlyn, PA/Ridley) added a pair of goals and Rory Friel (Ridley Park,
PA/Ridley) and Matt Grosse (Pt. Jefferson Station, NY/ Comseqogue) each
scored a goal and tallied one assist.

Salisbury senior goalie Dan Korpon (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park) (17-0)
kept his record spotless in goal, totaling 11 saves and giving up eight
goals in 57 minutes. Senior Chris Swierczek (Media, PA/Penncrest) worked
2:54 in goal when Korpon received a penalty and made a key save in his
reserve role.

Kevin Quinn (Lindenhurst, NY/Lindenhurst) took the loss in goal for the
Cavaliers. He faced 32 shots and recorded 12 saves.

The teams traded goals in the first period, which ended with the Sea
Gulls holding a 3-2 advantage. But Salisbury, which is making its 23rd
postseason appearance (17 straight), outscored the Cavaliers 5-2 in the
second period to build an 8-4 gap at halftime.

Salisbury looked to set the tempo early in the third quarter when Bigas
scored 14 seconds after the second-half face-off, but Cabrini wouldn't
go away, pulling to within 10-6 on Middleton's goal at the 6:00 mark. SU
then received two goals from Phillips and one from Gonzalez to hold a
13-6 lead after three quarters.

The Cavaliers outscored the Sea Gulls 3-0 in the final quarter and
outshot SU 5-2, but the gap was too much to overcome.