Salisbury, Md. - Senior Corey O'Neil scored six goals Saturday as the
#1-ranked Salisbury men's lacrosse team built a 13-2 halftime lead and
cruised to a 21-7 victory over #2-ranked and arch-rival Washington (Md)
at Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls blitzed the Shoremen 7-0 in the first
quarter, with goals on four of their first five shots and seven of nine
in the quarter.
The victory completes an unbeaten regular season for the defending NCAA
Division III national champions as the Sea Gulls improve to 16-0. With
the victory, SU's 12th in the last 14 regular season encounters with the
Shoremen, Salisbury also claimed the inaugural Charles B. Clark Cup,
which will be awarded annually to the winner of the game between the
Eastern Shore rivals.
Salisbury, which ran its nation's-best unbeaten streak to 25 games,
dating back to last season, out-shot the Shoremen 51-27 and posted 32
more ground balls (51-29) than Washington. SU's Dan Korpon, who entered
the game with the lowest goals against average in NCAA Division III
(5.34), recorded 11 saves in goal, including seven stops during the
pivotal first quarter.
Junior Justin Smith added three goals and senior Andy Arnold, sophomore
Dan Boyer, senior Scott Simmons, freshman Mike Edwards and sophomore
Mike Hurley added two apiece. Senior Andy Murray scored one goal and
added a season-high six assists while also winning 18 of his 25 face-off
Washington (15-1), which fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, was led
in scoring by senior Stephen Berger's three goals. Sophomore Chris Dodge
added two goals.
The Gulls will now wait to find out who they play in the playoffs when
the NCAA Tournament pairings are announced on May 9.
Salisbury vs. Washington College
|Andy Murray||(1, 6)|
|Corey O'neil||(6, 0)|
|Justin Smith||(3, 1)|
|Scott Simmons||(2, 1)|
|Andy Arnold||(2, 1)|
|Mike Hurley||(2, 0)|
|Mike Edwards||(2, 0)|
|Dan Boyer||(2, 0)|
|Sean White||(0, 2)|
|Mike Ricucci||(1, 0)|