Salisbury Tops WAC 17-12

Salisbury Tops WAC 17-12

Salisbury Tops WAC 17-12

Salisbury Tops WAC 17-12

CHESTERTOWN, MD --- Top-ranked Salisbury University scored the first seven goals of the game en route to a 17-12 win over third-ranked host Washington College this afternoon in the annual "War on the Shore" rivalry game between the two teams. Salisbury improved to 15-1, while the Shoremen slipped to 12-3.

The Sea Gulls struck quickly as Brian Oakley scored 2:56 into the contest. It was the beginning of a seven-goal in seven minutes span for the Sea Gulls who opened up the 7-0 lead when Andy Arnold scored with 5:12 to play in the first quarter. The Shoremen finally got on the board with 1:00 left in the opening period as sophomore attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored off an assist from senior attackman Chris Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Boys' Latin).

Senior midfielder Craig Earley (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) scored for the Shoremen with 7:34 to play in the second quarter to cut the lead to 7-2, but goals by Josh Bergey with 6:26 left and Cory O'Neil with 5:59 on the clock pushed the lead to 9-2. The Sea Gulls took a 10-3 lead into the half.

Washington scored two of the first three goals in the third quarter to get back within six at 11-5, but Salisbury ran off three straight, capped off by a goal by Scott Simmons which was assisted by Chris Phillips with 59 seconds left in the quarter to extend the lead to 14-5.

Washington then went on a three-goal run of its own, getting back to within six at 14-8 off a goal by Earley with 14:15 left in the fourth. Salisbury scored the next three goals, however, all but ending the Shoremen's hopes for a comeback as O'Neil's goal off a Phillips feed with 9:12 remaining made it a nine-goal game at 17-8. The Shoremen outscored the Sea Gulls, 4-0, over the final nine minutes to provide the final margin.

Bergey and Phillips each scored four goals and had two assists to lead the Sea Gull offense. Arnold added three goals and three assists.

Junior midfielder Brent Renner (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) led the Shore offense with two goals and two assists. Spivey and Edwards each had two goals and one assist.

With the 17-goal outing, Salisbury became the first team this season to score at least 10 goals in a game against the Shoremen. The Sea Gulls also narrowed Washington's all-time lead in the series to 19-15.

Both Salisbury and Washington earned automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The full field and pairings for the tournament will be announced tomorrow night.

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    by (#19499) on 5/03/03 @7:20PM
Hey Washington players, you guys have a great team. Thanks for all the thrills. I really like D-3 play. Hey Salisbury players GREAT GAME! Now its time to see SEAGULLS FLYING HIGH over Baltimore.
Seagull Fan
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What's With the Tournament
    by (#22639) on 5/05/03 @8:43AM
It's unfortunate that the WC defense when into a deep coma in the first half, but I will not deny the superior play of the Gulls. You guys have some brutal attackmen. I hope these teams have the opportunity to meet again in the Semis, which for all purposes will be the national championship. What is with this seeding? Why not just give Courtland and Middlebury a pass on their first two games? Look who the Shoreman have to play: a strong Hampton Sydney team, then Whittier! And if they win those games, they are rewarded by facing the gulls again.
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Learn To Move the Ball
    by (#1762) on 5/03/03 @10:05PM
Hey WAC . . . try passing the ball next time and less 1 on 1. Way to go Gulls! Pretty clear now who the #1 team is in DIII. Nice try WAC, maybe you will see the Gulls in the playoffs? (Doubt it!)
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    by (#51866) on 5/04/03 @12:22AM
this was a blowout after the first half i was about to fall asleep...if not for the 4th quarter subs coming in it would have stayed a blowout..good try WAC..maybe next year...but this year you can just keep dreamin..
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DIII Lax At Its Best
    by (#52014) on 5/05/03 @2:03PM
Drunk rowdy fans, charcoal grills cookin, green grass and one of the most heated rivalries in college lacrosse. This is the epitomy of mens lacrosse and both teams served up a fantasic show of skill and raw athleticism. Great game!
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LUVLAX HERE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by (#3048) on 5/16/03 @3:01PM
Okay, Now, I love to bash the Gulls and I have a deep hatred for their coaches, players and company they hold. BUT, YES, BUT for once in history I am not going to discuss how bad the people from Salisbury are, no, I'm going to leave them alone. I'm not going to talk about the WAC players either. I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE WAC COACHES. VERY POOR DISPLAY OF COACHING ON WAC's PART!!! TERRIBLE!!!! Those kids from WAC didn't stand a chance. It's called changing up DEFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's being SMART enough to see Salisbury run the same play 3 times in a row, AND able to do something about that. SORRY TO SAY IT, BUT COACHES LOST THAT GAME FOR WAC, and against Salisbury to lose becuase you weren't coached correctly is horseshit, if Salisbury was better that day, then I'll take my hat off to that, NOT THE CASE!!! SHIT COACHING!!!
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    by (#52014) on 5/16/03 @9:09PM
Salisbury out hustled, out smarted, and out played WAC in every single aspect of the game, thats the bottom line.
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