Salisbury Returns To Finals, Beats Gburg 9-6

Salisbury Returns To Finals, Beats Gburg 9-6

Salisbury Returns To Finals, Beats Gburg 9-6

Salisbury Returns To Finals, Beats Gburg 9-6

SALISBURY, Md.- The top ranked Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team advanced to its fifth consecutive NCAA Division III national title game as it beat No. 2 Gettysburg College, 9-6, Saturday afternoon in the national semifinal in front of 1100 fans at Sea Gull Field.

“I thought it was an all around great college lacrosse game,” said SU coach Jim Berkman.

Salisbury will now move on to face the winner of Wesleyan (Conn.) and the defending national champions, Cortland St., at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, May 27 at 1:30 pm. Wesleyan and CSU play Sunday May 20, at 1 pm.

Salisbury (22-0) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind unassisted goals from Kylor Berkman, Matt Hickman and Mike Von Kamecke. SU matched its biggest lead of the game before the half when senior Eric Bishop (two goals, one assist) netted his 63rd goal of the season from a Brett Yoder assist (two assists) to send the Gulls into halftime up 7-2.

Gettysburg (16-3) cut into the lead in the second half as they outscored Salisbury, 2-1, in each of the final two quarters. GC senior Ted Leonard scored back-to-back goals at the six minute mark to cut the SU lead to 9-6. Three goals was as close as the Bullets could get as the Sea Gulls tightened the screws on defense and held Gettysburg scoreless in the final minutes of the game.

“We did a good job holding the ball, we made them play us,” said Berkman. SU senior Greg Titus added two goals to up his team-high season total to 73. Other point scores for the maroon and gold were Matt Dasigner (two goals, one assist) and Kyle Burto who dished out one assist.

Salisbury net minder Max Zarchin remained perfect on the year between the pipes as he stopped four shots. GC goalie Pat Vaughan (16-3) picks up the loss as he had a game-high seven saves. “I thought our face-offs were the difference we rose to the occasion,” said Berkman.

The Sea Gulls dominated face-off as they won 12-of-18 (67 percent). Senior Ryan DeRose (7-of-11) and junior Ryan Brown (5-of-7) combined to win 12 face-offs and corralled four groundballs each.

“This was a huge win for our senior class,” said Berkman. “This group of players has never lost a home game and only lost one game in their entire four year tenures.”

The Sea Gulls round out play on the natural grass of Sea Gull stadium with 60-consective home wins. Next season the Gulls will play on newly installed Field Turf.

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    by (#136419) on 5/19/07 @9:11PM
After last years heartbreaking title game loss to Cortland, Salisbury is more hungry to win it all than they have been in quite some time. And I think they will definitely do that. I am a Gettysburg grad, so I am disappointed a little bit, obviously. But I thought that Salisbury would be too much for them, anyway. Even if they had met in the title game, the result would have been the same.

Man, Gettysburg has been so close but has never won the title!
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It was tough
    by (#65281) on 5/21/07 @11:10AM
Both teams looked flat to me when the game began. I dont know if one was scared of the other, or if each were scared of one of another. Either way it was a good game. Questionable stick penalty... for a 3 min violation (short stick) this was after the kid scored 2 goals for the game. Why did they not check and find this after he scored? That could have at least brought one goal back for G-burg. And there was a strange call on the sidelines I think before half time when the far official gave SU the ball after it rolled out from a pass (the small things killed the burg)... held his hand up and started play... meanwhile the SU coach saw what was on the field, and told the reff he wanted a horn. The close ref then blew his whistle (this is after play had begun no the far end) and allowed a horn and personnel change. After all this confusion, and line changes... SU fast broke, and got another goal. So there is 2 goals that could have gone back to the burg. and A possible momentum shift. Other than that the officiating was mediocre. At times it was questionable to home calling, but it went both ways throughout the game. SU overplayed the bullets... a lot of the burg players were hanging their sticks like laundry out on the line, SU watched this, and raped them in the long run. SU seemed to have owned the X, but overall great game. G-burgs goalie played out of his head... there was one point late in the game where he made 3 in close saves like an acrobatic act. He really kept them in the game. If not for him... it would have gone down just like any other SU game this season... 20 something to no very much. It was tough, and honestly that was the championship game to me. This weekends game is going to be a blow out, and that will only make the Burg look stronger. the bullets are losing 12 seniors I think... so next year is going to be the infamous "rebuilding year" lets hope not, but we shall see... until next time...
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No one has pointed out!!!
    by (#65281) on 5/21/07 @2:53PM
Cortland and SU again in the finals... WOW! I have to retract my earlier statement that I hope SU kills them. I hope the draGOONS beat them. I know an SU win would only make G-burg look better, but I would love to see Cortland win again against them... that would be very very cool. I think now instead of drinking beers and grilling out in the parking lot... I will go in to see the game... because before I did not want to see F-ing Salisbury play again...
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gburg will be back
    by (#163643) on 5/21/07 @4:52PM
theyll be back next year.its the closest game that salisbury has had all season. they have been the only real comp for salis. next year is a new battle.they should never should have been in the same barcket becasue that would have been a great game to see in baltimore.

-the future gettysburg pole-
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    by (#126203) on 5/21/07 @6:33PM
"Future Gettysburg Pole"...the 9-6 score was a lot closer then the game actually was - it was never in doubt for Salisbury. By the way...

-You're a tool-
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Good one, Mr. Esquire...
    by (#78222) on 5/21/07 @7:34PM
Current Gettysburg Tool and Bigaire...other teams may mature, but look at the offensive production from the Gulls present underclassmen. Lot of seniors on defense though.....So get a cold one (Rob get a milk) and relax Sunday.
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    by (#1248) on 5/21/07 @8:10PM
Has All-American's waiting in the wings to unload 70-80 points a year. They are either burried on the roster somewhere or lighting it up in a JUCO uniform. Either way, they'll be fine. Gettysburg seems to be reloading every year as well, just not quite as deep as Salisbury. I'm thinking these were the two best teams all year, we'll see this weekend, but I think the Gulls are going to lay the wood to the Dragons. If this kid is posting on here that he is the future long pole at Gettysburg, I've got a strange feeling he'll either quit or get cut. He'll be real poplular on campus either way if he shows up calling himself the future, I'm sure he won't get hazed at all.
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go for the throat
    by (#163643) on 5/22/07 @12:15AM
its a joke, you all want to play somewhere im just saying that i want to play there. But yea salisbury is going to sweep cortland like they did last year in philly. being cocky didnt help salisbury last year and it will hurt them this year.
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Easy Rob
    by (#1248) on 5/22/07 @8:15AM
Some of us have already been there and done that. It's great you want to play for Gettysburg, just remember nothing is guaranteed to you once you get there. You'll need to earn everything you get in college, so work hard and stay humble.

Salisbury was overconfident last year and the big boy in the cage for Cortland played the game of the century. I don't think they'll have a problem being overconfident this year, that loss is still fresh in a lot of their minds.
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    by (#24670) on 5/24/07 @1:34PM
take it from me young robert, one minute your kicking butt and taking sames, rocking your laxuedo all over campus, crushing mongo sized beer plastic beer mugs at JD's one wednesday nights after the game( or whatever the efff they're calling it these days) telling everyone about the sweet humpty dumpdty slient ninja back check you landed,

the next minute your riding on a bar stool at the pub, drowning your sorrows with buffalo wings and 2 dollar pitchers of naty light. Telling tall tales of past high school glory days.

I don't know what to say really. Three minutes till the biggest battle of our professional lives. It all comes down to today. Now either we heal as a team, or we're gonna crumble. Inch by inch, play by play, till we're finished. We're in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the sh#t kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell. One inch at a time.

Now I can't do it for you. I'm too old. I look around, I see these young faces, and I think... I mean I've made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who's ever loved me, and lately, I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror. You know when you get old in life, things get taken from you. That's part of life. But you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life's this game of inches. And so is lacrosse. Because in either game, life or lacrosse, the margin for error is so small. I mean... one half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow too fast, you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when we add up all those inches, that's gonna make the effing difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying! I'll tell you this - in any fight, its the guy whose willing to die who's gonna win that inch. And I know if I'm going to have any life anymore, it's because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch. Because that's what living is! The 6 inches in front of your face...

Now I can't make you do it. You've got to look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now I think you're gonna see a guy who will go that inch with you. You're gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team, because he knows when it comes down to it, you're gonna do the same for him.

That's a team, gentlemen. And either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die, as individuals. That's football, guys. That's all it is. Now, what are you going to do?
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    by (#78222) on 5/24/07 @7:34PM
All Preston esq. and I did was call Crazyrob a tool....Gulls by 6.
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why would salisbury win
    by (#163643) on 5/25/07 @9:26PM
hey ass, someone should beat your mother with a ore. but sides that detour why would salisbury win? whose left over from last year from them or whose is going to be a death nail in their coffin? i just saying lets not over rate both teams. but probaly salisbury is going to win but it should be a close fought game.
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Stay in school, Rob...............
    by (#78222) on 5/26/07 @2:10PM
You'll never get into Gettysburg with verbal skills like that.
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    by (#14061) on 5/24/07 @9:36PM
I can't believe you took the time to write all that....WOW!!!

Birds by 4
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Let's Go C-State...
    by (#155016) on 5/26/07 @2:08PM
...dragon breath is much more potent than seagull trash...
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salisbury should be D1
    by (#125413) on 5/26/07 @5:47PM
gettysburg is the next best that DIII can muster and they still get whipped. for anybody to beat them, salisbury has to play like crap and the other team has to play their best game ever (a la Cortland)
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