Salisbury vs. Roanoke
May 22, 2005
The Game Story:
Salisbury, MD - The No.1-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse
team took a huge step toward a third straight NCAA Division III national
championship Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium as the Sea Gulls came
from behind and knocked off No.6 Roanoke College, 13-11, in front of
1,019 fans to earn a return trip to Philadelphia next Sunday for the
2005 championship game. They captured the Semifinal victory by
overcoming the pressure of being behind in the fourth quarter. SU was
led by a pair of midfielders who would not let their team lose.

Not only did the Sea Gulls (19-0) earn a trip back to the championship
game against Middlebury at Lincoln Financial Field at noon Sunday, they
did so while setting the all-time NCAA all-division record for
consecutive wins. SU, which has not lost a game since April 10, 2003,
won its 48 consecutive contest, breaking the national record, which
Salisbury set in 1996. Middlebury (17-1), a 15-13 winner over Nazareth
on Sunday, won't be any easy feat for the Gulls. The Panthers will be
making their sixth national championship game appearance in the last
seven years. The title game will be televised by CSTV (College Sports
Television).

Salisbury senior midfielder Justin Smith (Annapolis, MD/St. Vincent
Pallotti) and sophomore midfielder Matt Dasinger (Reisterstown,
MD/Franklin) combined for eight of the team's 13 goals as the Sea Gulls
were forced to come from behind in the fourth quarter - something they
haven't had to do this season.

"We did a great job of possessing the ball today," Salisbury Head Coach
Jim Berkman said. "We did a good job of finishing and then when we had
the lead late, we executed the two-minute game at the end."

Roanoke (15-3), which has dropped two of its three losses to Salisbury
this season, had obviously scouted the Sea Gulls wells after losing
22-12 earlier in the season. After falling behind 3-0 in the first 3:25
of the contest on a pair of goals by Smith and a man-down goal by junior
Jimmy Creighten (Huntington, NY/Huntington), the Maroons broke on the
scoreboard at the 10:32 mark when freshman Matt Duke slipped the ball
past SU senior goalie Dan Korpon (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park).

The Sea Gulls then appeared as if they were going to break the game
open when junior Mike Hurley (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-SD) and Dasinger
scored in a span of 1:09 to give SU a 5-1 lead with 6:10 remaining in
the opening quarter.

But Roanoke continued to fight back. Duke scored his second goal of the
game with 4:42 left in the opening stanza and Dan Reed added one early
in the second, followed by a pair of goals each by Zack Thomas and Chris
Keating. The 5-0 run by the Maroons over a span of 8:43 of the quarter
gave Roanoke a 7-6 lead at intermission and quieted the hometown crowd.

But as they have all season long, the Sea Gulls battled back. Smith
(5g) scored a pair of man-up goals in the second half and stingy defense
by Salisbury enabled the two-time defending national champs to regain
the lead, 8-7, heading into the final 15 minutes.

Neither team was unable to gain momentum in the first seven minutes of
the fourth period, but it was the Sea Gulls who turned on the
afterburners. Senior midfielder Casey Olejniczak (Brighton, MI/St.
Mary's) scored an unassisted goal with 7:45 remaining to tie the score
and Dasinger scored his third goal of the game and 15th of the season
just 33 seconds later to give SU the lead for good. Junior Dan Boyer
(Millersville, MD/Mt. St. Joseph's), who was smothered most of the day,
iced the game with 3:30 left taking one of six Chris Phillips' assists
and putting the ball in the back of the net for his team-leading 69th
goal of the year.

"(Roanoke) did a good job against Boyer, but a lot of other people had
great opportunities for us," Berkman added.


Korpon picked up his 19th consecutive victory in goal for Salisbury,
recording 10 saves. Matt Madalon (15-3) took the setback for Roanoke,
finishing with 14 saves.

Thomas, Matt Duke and Adam Leahy each had a pair of goals to lead
Roanoke.