Salisbury vs. Washington And Lee
May 19, 2004
The Game Story:
Salisbury, Md - The #1 ranked Sea Gulls rebounded from a two-goal second quarter deficit by outscoring #7 Washington & Lee 11-0 over the final 34 minutes for a 15-6 victory over the Generals in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Defending national champion Salisbury (18-0) advances to host Washington (Md) in Sunday's 1 pm national semifinal, with berth in the 2004 championship game on the line.

Three first half goals by W&L's Dustin Martin helped the Generals claim the early lead. Martin's third tally, an extra-man goal with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter, capped a three-goal W&L run and built the lead to 6-4.

Salisbury's Andy Murray won the ensuing face-off and two quick passes and seven seconds later, the Sea Gulls scored the first of their 11-straight goals. Sophomore Dan Boyer tallied the first of his game-high five scores on an assist from senior Mike Ricucci (1g-2a).

Unassisted goals by midfielder Justin Smith (3g-1a) and defenseman Eric Martin in the final 3:26 of the quarter pushed Salisbury ahead 7-6 at halftime.

For the second straight play-off game, Salisbury held its opponent scoreless in the second half. Boyer added four markers in the final 30 minutes and four other Sea Gulls scored as SU outshot W&L 23-8 after halftime. The Gulls finished with a final 45-24 advantage in shots and 49-22 edge in groundballs. Led by Murray, who won 15 of his 19 face-offs, the Sea Gulls also finished with a 19-4 advantage in draws.

Washington & Lee's Ansel Sanders finished with a career-high 18 saves, including 10 in the second half. Junior Gavin Molinelli added one goal and three assists for the Generals (14-4).

Salisbury returns to the national semifinal round for the 15th time in the program's history. The Sea Gulls are 6-8 all-time in semifinal round games, but have won three straight and six of eight since 1991. Salisbury defeated Washington 21-7 earlier this year during the regular season.