Salisbury vs. Roanoke
May 16, 2007
The Game Story:
SALISBURY, Md. - Senior co-captain Eric Bishop stepped up in the first half of Wednesday's NCAA Division III men's lacrosse quarterfinal game and took over for the top-ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls. Bishop scored five straight goals en route to a season and game high seven goal and nine point performance as Salisbury defeated No. 7 Roanoke College 15-9 before 828 at Sea Gull Stadium.

Salisbury (21-0) advances to its fifth straight national semifinal game where the Gulls will host No. 2 Gettysburg College on Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium. The winner of that game will advance to the national championship game in Baltimore on May 27 at 1:30 p.m. Gettysburg defeated Ithaca 11-5 on Wednesday afternoon at home. The 21 wins this season by the Sea Gulls is a new team record.

Salisbury senior Eric Bishop gets ready to make a pass.The visiting Maroons (15-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead less then four minutes into the game to throw the SU defense onto their heels. The Salisbury offense went to work and slowly chipped away at the lead. Junior midfielder Brett Yoder (three assists) found Bishop twice on back-to-back goals as SU trailed 3-2 at the end of the quarter.

Bishop scored the first three goals in the decisive second quarter where the Gulls outscore the Maroons 5-0. Fellow senior Matt Dasinger (one goal, two assists) and junior Greg Titus (three goals, one assist) got into the mix as they scored a goal apiece to send SU into the half up 7-3.

SU senior goalie Max Zarchin played his best game of the season as he stopped 10 of his season-high 15 saves in the first half. Roanoke took 19 first half shots and 39 for the game.

The Maroons dominated early on faceoffs as they won 5-of-6 in the first quarter and 8-of-12 after the first half. SU got back on track in the second half as the Gulls won 8-of-11 in the third. For the game SU won 15-of-28.

Roanoke was led offensively by junior attackman Zach Thomas who scored three of his team-high four goals in the second half. The Maroons had five other players register one goal in the game. Freshman goalie Jake Dorsey made 12 saves in between the pipes for the Maroons.

SU went on a 4-0 run midway through the third quarter to stake itself to a 13-5 lead. Roanoke scored two goals within a 20 second span with the latter on one of the Maroons three extra-man goals on the afternoon. The Maroons scored one more goal to complete their 3-0 run to cut the lead back to five, 13-8, to begin the fourth quarter.

Bishop, who had two third quarter assists, scored two goals in the fourth quarter to give the maroon and gold the extra insurance to secure win number 59 in a row at home. The senior attackman registered at least two points in each quarter. He also took over the team scoring lead with 92 points (61 goals, 31 assists). Bishop's seven goals also made him the third Sea Gull this season to surpass the 60-goal plateau.

Salisbury had seven different goal scorers and assisted on 13 of its 15 goals. SU took 47 shots, scooped up 43 groundballs and was 24-of-26 on clears.