Salisbury vs. Saint Mary's (md)
April 24, 2004
The Game Story:
Salisbury, Md - Defending national champion and #1 ranked Salisbury earned its ticket for next month's NCAA Championship Tournament with a 21-4 win over St. Mary's in the Capital Athletic Conference's Championship Game Saturday.

Senior attackmen Corey O'Neil (6g-1a) and Andy Arnold (4g-1a) combined for 10 goals to lead the Sea Gulls (15-0) to their 10th straight conference championship. Salisbury also claims the CAC's automatic bid for the NCAA Division III Tournament.

O'Neil and Arnold each scored once in the opening quarter as Salisbury jumped to a 4-0 lead. The Gulls increased their advantage to 9-3 at halftime, helped by a pair of goals by O'Neil to close the second quarter. Consecutive markers by O'Neil, Arnold and senior Scott Simmons (2g-3a) over the first 4:27 of the third quarter pushed the lead to 12-3.

St. Mary's (11-6) stopped the run briefly with an extra-man goal by Pat Schmidt at 7:00 of the third quarter, but Salisbury closed the quarter with two more goals by O'Neil. Sophomore Dan Boyer tallied three of SU's seven fourth quarter goals. Justin Smith also added two goals and one assist.

Salisbury finished with a decided edge in most of the statistics, out-shooting the Seahwaks 64-19 and controlling 23 of 29 face-offs. Senior all-American Andy Murray (1g-1a) led the way by winning 16 of his 20 face-off attempts.

Three Salisbury goalies combined for eight saves, led by junior Dan Korpon with five stops. Freshman goalie Rich Barr recorded 18 saves in 54 minutes for St. Mary's. Schmidt led the Seahawk scoring with two goals.

Salisbury concludes its regular season at home next Saturday in a non-conference showdown with #2 ranked Washington. The Sea Gulls will carry a 24-game winning streak into that contest.