Washington College vs. Salisbury
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting Salisbury University, the top-ranked team in Division III and the two-time defending NCAA Division III National Champion, reeled off six unanswered goals in the second half and survived a furious late rally by eighth-ranked host Washington College to post an 11-10 men's lacrosse victory and capture the Charles B. Clark Cup in the annual "War on the Shore" this afternoon at Kibler Field.

The Sea Gulls, who improved to 16-0 on the season and won their 45th consecutive game, took a quick 2-0 lead as Dan Boyer scored off an assist from Luis Gonzalez with 13:21 remaining in the first quarter and Casey Olejniczak scored off a feed from Justin Smith with 10:13 on the clock. The Shoremen (9-4) evened things up when junior attackman Chris Dodge (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) scored off a pass from freshman midfielder Andrew Generazio (Springfield, VA/West Springfield/Bridgton, ME) with 1:29 to play and junior midfielder Ryan Morrison (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset/Salisbury School, CT) fired in an unassisted goal with nine seconds left in the period.

Salisbury opened the second quarter just like the first as Boyer scored off a feed from Jimmy Creighton and Smith scored an extra-man goal with 11:01 on the clock off an assist from Mike Edwards 42 seconds later. The Shoremen trimmed the lead to 4-3 when senior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored off a pass from freshman attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin) with 8:56 left. Edwards answered for Salisbury, scoring off an assist from Chris Phillips 15 seconds later, but sophomore midfielder Mike Hughes (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph) tallied an unassisted goal for Washington with 6:54 remaining in the period to make it 6-5 at halftime.

The Shoremen scored the first two goals of the third period to take their only lead of the game. Sophomore midfielder Jason Hull (West Hartford, CT/Avon Old Farms) scored his first collegiate goal off a pass from Spivey with 10:24 on the clock and Spivey followed with an extra-man goal off a feed from Hughes with 9:27 left in the period to make it 6-5 in favor of Washington.

The Sea Gulls then began their six-goal run. Eric Bishop scored an extra-man goal with 6:41 to play in the period and Boyer fired in another extra-man goal off a Phillips assist 19 seconds later. Phillips ended the third-quarter scoring with a goal off a feed from Edwards at the 1:34 mark.

Bishop opened fourth-quarter with a goal off a feed from Mike Hurley at 11:20 and Boyer followed with a goal off an assist from Creighton with 9:27 left in the game. Matt Dasinger completed the spurt for the Sea Gulls with a goal at the 7:14 mark to push the lead to 11-6.

Generazio ended the run with a goal off an assist from Spivey with 6:04 to play to cut the lead to 11-7, but Washington would not scored again less than two minutes remained in the game. Read gave the Shoremen life with back-to-back unassisted goals with 1:55 and 1:30 remaining in the game, respectively, to make it 11-9. Spivey then fired in an extra-man goal off a feed from Generazio with 22 seconds to play to cut the lead to 11-10. Salisbury's Bryan Bradford won the ensuing face-off and scooped up the ground ball with 17 seconds left as the Sea Gulls held on for the win.

Boyer led Salisbury with four goals, while Bishop added two goals and Edwards and Phillips each finished with one goal and two assists. Creighton added two assists.

Spivey paced Washington with three goals and two assists, while Read added two goals and one assist. Generazio finished with one goal and two assists, while Hughes contributed one goal and two assists.

The Sea Gulls outshot the Shoremen, 39-38, in the game and held wider advantages in both face-offs (16-8) and ground balls (53-37). Bradford attempted all 24 of Salisbury's face-off, finishing with 16 wins and a game-high nine ground balls.

Dan Korpon made 16 saves in goal for the Sea Gulls, while junior goalie Kevin Thibadeau (Cheshire, CT/Avon Old Farms) recorded 13 saves for Washington.

The Shoremen return to action Friday when they take on Dickinson College in the Centennial Conference Semifinals at Gettysburg College.