Salisbury, Md - The #1 ranked Sea Gulls broke a 7-7 halftime tie by
outscoring Washington 6-4 in the second half en route to a 13-11 victory
in the national semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday. Salisbury
(19-0) earns its seventh trip to the national championship game and will
try to secure its second straight and fifth overall title against
Nazareth in next Sunday's final in Baltimore. Washington finishes the
season with an 18-3 record, with two of its three losses coming against
Salisbury opened the second half with three consecutive goals, as Andy
Arnold (2g-3a) scored twice and assisted on the other goal by midfielder
Jimmy Creighton (2-1). The Sea Gulls outscored Washington 4-2 in the
pivotal third quarter and never trailed after gaining the second half
Jon Spivey added his third and fourth goals of the game for Washington,
sandwiched around a goal from SU's Mike Edwards, to make the score 11-9
after three quarters. Washington would get no closer than two goals
during the fourth quarter.
Four players finished with two goals each for the Sea Gulls, who tied a
school-record with their 19th victory of the season. Midfielder Scott
Simmons, attackman Corey O'Neil, Arnold and Creighton each finished with
two markers. Junior midfielder Justin Smith added three assists.
Spivey's four goals led Washington. Stephen Berger added two goals and
three assists for the Shoremen.
Salisbury finished with a small edge, 37-34, in total shots. SU goalie
Dan Korpon and WC goalie Richard Yost finished with 11 saves each.
Salisbury and Nazareth will be meeting in the championship game for the
second time. Salisbury defeated Nazareth 22-13 in the 1995 title game.
The overall series is tied 3-3.
Salisbury vs. Washington College
|Andy Arnold||(2, 3)|
|Jimmy Creighton||(2, 1)|
|Justin Smith||(0, 3)|
|Scott Simmons||(2, 0)|
|Ryan Rohde||(1, 1)|
|Corey O'neil||(2, 0)|
|Andy Murray||(1, 1)|
|Andrew Reed||(1, 0)|
|Mike Edwards||(1, 0)|
|Dan Boyer||(1, 0)|