Salisbury vs. Whittier
March 27, 2004
The Game Story:
Salisbury, Md - Senior attackman Scott Simmons tallied a season-high seven goals as #1 ranked Salisbury remained unbeaten with a 20-12 non-conference win over #14 Whittier at home Saturday. The Sea Gulls scored the game's first four goals and never trailed as they improve to 9-0 overall. California-based Whittier College concludes a four-game East Coast swing with a 6-3 overall record.

Simmons scored three times in the opening quarter as Salisbury built a 6-1 lead. He added three more markers in the second quarter, including two on extra-man opportunities, as the Sea Gull lead grew to 14-6 at halftime. Senior midfielder Andy Murray also tallied three of his four goals in the first half.

Simmons notched his seventh, Murray recorded his fourth and senior Andy Arnold tallied his second of three goals during a 3-1 third quarter. SU carried a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter. The Sea Gulls scored two of the first three goals in the final period. Whittier closed the game with four of the game's last five markers.

Arnold and Corey O'Neil each finished with three goals and one assist for Salisbury. Junior midfielder Justin Smith added two goals and one assist. In addition to his four goals, Murray was also dominant on face-offs, controlling 22 of his 27 attempts.

A balanced Whittier offense featured three players - Blake Mitchell, Ryder Bateman and Dan Fink - with three goals apiece. Bateman and Fink also recorded two assists each. WC's senior goalie Adam Messick finished with 21 saves for the Poets, who were out-shot 62-31.