Salisbury vs. Wooster
May 15, 2004
The Game Story:
Salisbury, Md. - Senior attackman Corey O'Neil scored five goals, including three during a 5-0 first-quarter run, as #1-ranked Salisbury defeated Wooster, 13-2, in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.

The Sea Gulls (17-0), who own the nation's best 26-game winning streak dating back to last season, will advance to play Washington and Lee (14-3), a 12-8 winner over Messiah Saturday afternoon. The game will be played in Salisbury on Wednesday at a time yet to be decided.

Despite falling behind 1-0 just 35 seconds into the contest, the Sea Gulls dominated every statistical category. Salisbury out shot Wooster 52-14 and won 14 of the 19 face-offs. SU senior Andy Murray was successful on 11 of his 15 face-offs.

While O'Neil was increasing his season goal total to a team-leading 67, senior Andy Arnold added three goals and one assist while sophomore Dan Boyer added a pair of goals. Seniors Mike Ricucci, James Simpson and Scott Simmons each added one goal. Simmons and junior Justin Smith led the Gulls in assists with two apiece.

Wooster (8-5), which was making it's first men's lacrosse post-season appearance, got off to a quick start when senior Steve Burton put the ball in the back of the net inside the first minute of play for his 21st goal of the year. But the Sea Gulls retaliated with five straight goals through the rest of the opening quarter to take a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes. O'Neil scored three unassisted goals over a span of 2:12 to highlight the run.

The Scots' Eric McKinney scored his fourth goal of the year on a pass from sophomore Shawn Handy to close the gap to 6-2 with 12:32 remaining in the half, but that was as close as Wooster would come in this first-ever battle between the two squads. The Gulls went on an 8-0 run over a span of 16:42 in the third and fourth quarters to put the contest out of reach.

SU junior Dan Korpon allowed just two goals and recorded five saves in 56 minutes in goal, while Wooster's Courter Shimeall allowed 13 goals and had 17 saves in 60 minutes.