Salisbury vs. Goucher
April 21, 2006
The Game Story:
SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury menís lacrosse team (15-0) opened the CAC tournament Friday afternoon with victory over the Gophers of Goucher College (5-10), 18-10. Senior midfielder Mike Hurley (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-SD) led the offense with six points, scoring five goals and recording one assist.

In the first quarter, the Gophers were able to hang with the Sea Gulls, holding Salisbury to two goals while scoring two of their own. Hurley opened the scoring with an unassisted tally at the 6:14 mark. Goucherís James Clement would tie the score at the 4:08 mark with his own unassisted score. Senior midfielder Jimmy Creighton (Huntington, NY/Huntington) would then make it 2-1 at the 2:45 mark with an unassisted tally, while Clement would tie the score once again at the 2:10 mark to close the scoring in the quarter.

The Sea Gull offense exploded in the second quarter, scoring 12 unanswered goals after Clement scored his third for the Gophers to give Goucher a short-lived 3-2 lead to open the quarter. Hurley scored his second goal of the afternoon to open the scoring at the 10:43 mark. Senior attackman Dan Boyer (Millersville, MD/Mt. St. Josephís) then scored his first of the day, taking a pass from Kylor Berkman (Salisbury, MD/Parkside) for the score. Junior midfielder Mike Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) added a goal at the 9:20 mark, taking a pass from Creighton for the score. Boyer answered with two more goals, the first at the 8:40 with a pass from Ryan Rohde (Glenmoore, PA/Malvern Prep), and the second at the 8:00 mark with a pass from Brett Yoder (Parkton, MD/Hereford). Hurley then connected with Creighton at the 5:38 mark to make it 8-3 in favor of the Sea Gulls.

At the 5:30 mark of the second quarter, Goucherís Dave Duff executed a flagrant body check, placing him in the penalty box for a non-releasable one minute major. Duffís error led to three Salisbury goals with the man advantage, with Hurley scoring at the 5:19 mark, followed by Berkman with a tip-in off a goalie rebound at the 4:41 mark, and Eric Bishop (Media, PA/Penncrest) with a goal from a pass by Ryan Browning (Cockeysville, MD/Calvert Hall) at the 4:32 mark. Berkman would add another goal on a wrap-around shot and Boyer would add his fourth goal at the 1:37 mark to close the scoring, giving Salisbury the 13-3 edge at halftime.

Rohde opened the scoring in the third quarter, connecting with an unassisted strike at the 12:52 mark. Goucherís Dan Flamholz then answered with a score, taking a pass from Sam Fitzpatrick. Junior midfielder Matt Dasinger (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) then connected at the 9:49 mark. Goucherís Alan Tiet then scored at the 5:57 mark, but Salisbury converted two more goals, one from Rohde at the 5:16 mark and one from Hurley at the 4:30 mark with the man advantage.

In the fourth quarter, Goucher would actually out-score the Sea Gulls, 5-1. Hurley scored his fifth goal to open the scoring in the quarter, but Goucher would rattle off five straight unanswered goals, with a man-advantage goal from Brent Shea, two strikes from Binz Hansen, one from Fitzpatrick, and one from Clement, his fourth of the game.

In net, Salisbury starter Max Zarchin (Annapolis, MD/St. Maryís) earned his fourteenth win of the season, stopping five shots on ten attempts in forty minutes of play. A trio of Riley Clark (Chevy Chase, MD/St. Johnís College), Eric Fleegle (Greensboro, MD/St. Peter & Paul), and Nick Fiorentino (Baldwinsville, NY/Baldwinsville) would close the final twenty minutes, stopping three of eight shots on goal.

Goucherís Austin Main took the loss as he stopped sixteen of thirty-four shots on goal in fifty-four minutes of play.

Salisbury advances to the CAC championship game to take on the second seeded Seahawks of St. Maryís College on Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m. The Seahawks advanced to the championship game after defeating the third-seeded Spartans of York College on Friday afternoon, 15-5.