Salisbury vs. Goucher
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
Salisbury, MD - The two-time defending NCAA Division III men's lacrosse
champions took their first official step toward a possible unprecedented
third straight title Saturday when the No.1-ranked Salisbury Sea Gulls
secured their 11th straight Capital Athletic Conference championship
with a 17-7 victory over Goucher College at Sea Gull Stadium.

Salisbury (15-0) not only captured its nation's-best 44 straight win,
but earned the CAC's automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA playoffs. The
tournament bracket will be announced on Sunday, May 8, with the opening
ground set for Wednesday, May 11. Salisbury is a strong possibility to
host post-season games. The post-season appearance will be Salisbury's
23rd overall and 17th straight, which is the longest active run by any
Division III team.

The Sea Gulls, who have never lost a CAC contest in 70 tries under head
coach Jim Berkman, started slow against the Gophers (10-5), leading only
3-2 after the first period. Justin Smith (Annapolis, MD/St. Vincent
Pallotti) took a pass from Dan Boyer (Millersville, MD/Mt. St. Joseph's)
(4g, 2a) and threw in his first of his two goals on the day with 2:58
gone and Eric Bishop (Media, PA/Penncrest) (2g, 1a) scored the first of
his pair of goals just 1:28 later when Smith, who tallied five assists,
aided in his shot attempt. Ryan Rhode (Glenmoore, PA/Malven Prep) (2g)
hit paydirt on an unassisted goal at the 6:43 mark of the opening stanza
and Salisbury led 3-0.

But Ned Phillips (Durham, NC/Riverside) and Brent Shea (Fallston,
MD/Fallston) (2g) both scored in the final 4:09 of the stanza for
Goucher as the Gophers trimmed the lead to 3-2 at the quarter break.

Those two goals appeared to be a wake-up call for Salisbury as the Sea
Gulls outscored the Gophers 6-0 in the second period to lead 9-2 at
intermission. Chris Phillips (Media, PA/Penncrest), who scored three
goals and added one assist, scored twice during the period, while Boyer
also scored twice.

The Sea Gulls, who out shot the Gophers, 48-32, and had twice as many
ground balls (52-26), continued to light up the scoreboard in the third
period, outscoring Goucher 7-2 to stretch the advantage to 16-4.

Goucher, which is 9-7 in CAC playoff games, owes all its setbacks to
the Sea Gulls. It was the first time since 2001 that the Gophers have
advanced to the title game.

Dave Duff (Westwood, MA/Suffield Academy) led the Gopher scoring with a
pair of goals and one assist. Dan Wood (Montauk, NY/East Hampton) and
goalie Reeves Craig (San Antonio, TX/St. Mary's Hall) led the team in
ground balls with four each.

Dan Korpon (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park) played 45 minutes in goal and
recorded his 15th straight victory for Salisbury. He recorded five
saves. Max Zarchin (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) and Chris Swierczek
(Media, PA/Penncrest) split time in the fourth period for Salisbury.