GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The No. 3-ranked Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 1 Gettysburg College, 11-10, in overtime in front of 2,527 spectators at Musselman Stadium. The game featured the two all-time winningest coaches in NCAA men’s lacrosse history in Salisbury’s Jim Berkman and Gettysburg’s Hank Janczyk.
In the overtime session, the Sea Gulls (10-0, 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference) made a successful clear following a Gettysburg (9-1) turnover and into the offensive box. Junior midfielder Shawn Zordani (Littleton, Colo.) collected the ball and headed behind the Gettysburg goal. Zordani hit a wide-open Sam Bradman (Canton, N.Y.) who was standing just inside the offensive restraining box; Bradman took two steps and fired a right-handed shot into the bottom left corner for his second game-winning goal of the season.
“That shot capped off a great game today for Sam against an outstanding Gettysburg defense,” said Berkman. “Shawn (Zordani) drew a double team and made a great pass to Sam.”
The contest will undoubtedly go down as another great game in the history of the Gettysburg-Salisbury rivalry. This marks the third straight game that the contest has featured an 11-10 final score. Last season, the Bullets ended the Sea Gulls' 55-game winning streak, the second-longest in NCAA history. This year, Gettysburg entered the contest with a 20-game home winning streak; a win today would have matched the program record.
The Sea Gulls opened out of the gates blazing hot as they reeled off five straight goals to open up the contest. Senior attackman Mike Winter (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Bradman opened up scoring with a pair of unassisted goals. Senior attackman Jake DeLillo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) followed up with two goals of his own to push the lead to 4-0 before senior midfielder Mike Von Kamecke (Winter Park, Fla.) scored his first goal of the day for the 5-0 advantage. The Bullets finally got on the board with an unassisted goal by J.C. Ward with 3:28 left to play in the first quarter before Bradman struck again after causing a turnover and marching up the field for a unassisted goal. The Bullets closed out the quarter with a goal by senior midfielder Kyle McGrath.
In the second quarter, Gettysburg slowed the pace down and began to possess the ball for longer periods of time. The Bullets outscored the Sea Gulls 2-1 in the quarter. For the half the SU held a 18-14 shots advantage, won 9-of-13 face-offs and held a 18-5 ground balls advantage.
Gettysburg controlled the start of the 3rd quarter as it reeled off three straight goals to open up the quarter. Sophomore attackman Matt Cannone (Bayport, N.Y.) scored SU’s only goal of the quarter. The Bullets kept up the pressure in the 4th quarter as they outscored the Sea Gulls 3-2. Gettysburg evened things up with just 39 seconds in regulation to force overtime; the shot came from McGrath, as he put on a shot on frame that junior goalkeeper Johnny Rodriguez (Gambrills, Md.) appeared to have saved, but the ball trickled over the goal line for the game-tying goal.
Bradman and Von Kamecke led the way for the maroon and gold, as they each finished with five points. Rodriguez played the entire contest and finished with nine saves on the day. The play of senior long-stick midfielder Connor Burgasser (Mendon, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Andrew Sellers (Baltimore, Md.) deserve special mention, as they held Gettysburg’s top two players (McGrath and Joe Brody) to five points combined.
“It was a great team win today,” said Berkman. “We did a great job against a great offensive team.”
The Sea Gulls will hit the road again for a Capital Athletic Conference contest against the Eagles of the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
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