Salisbury 13, Roanoke 11

May 22, 2005

Salisbury, MD - The No.1-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team took a huge step toward a third straight NCAA Division III national championship Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium as the Sea Gulls came from behind and knocked off No.6 Roanoke College, 13-11, in front of 1,019 fans to earn a return trip to Philadelphia next Sunday for the 2005 championship game. They captured the Semifinal victory by overcoming the pressure of being behind in the fourth quarter. SU was led by a pair of midfielders who would not let their team lose.

Not only did the Sea Gulls (19-0) earn a trip back to the championship game against Middlebury at Lincoln Financial Field at noon Sunday, they did so while setting the all-time NCAA all-division record for consecutive wins. SU, which has not lost a game since April 10, 2003, won its 48 consecutive contest, breaking the national record, which Salisbury set in 1996. Middlebury (17-1), a 15-13 winner over Nazareth on Sunday, won't be any easy feat for the Gulls. The Panthers will be making their sixth national championship game appearance in the last seven years. The title game will be televised by CSTV (College Sports Television).

Salisbury senior midfielder Justin Smith (Annapolis, MD/St. Vincent Pallotti) and sophomore midfielder Matt Dasinger (Reisterstown, MD/Franklin) combined for eight of the team's 13 goals as the Sea Gulls were forced to come from behind in the fourth quarter - something they haven't had to do this season.

"We did a great job of possessing the ball today," Salisbury Head Coach Jim Berkman said. "We did a good job of finishing and then when we had the lead late, we executed the two-minute game at the end."

Roanoke (15-3), which has dropped two of its three losses to Salisbury this season, had obviously scouted the Sea Gulls wells after losing 22-12 earlier in the season. After falling behind 3-0 in the first 3:25 of the contest on a pair of goals by Smith and a man-down goal by junior Jimmy Creighten (Huntington, NY/Huntington), the Maroons broke on the scoreboard at the 10:32 mark when freshman Matt Duke slipped the ball past SU senior goalie Dan Korpon (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park).

The Sea Gulls then appeared as if they were going to break the game open when junior Mike Hurley (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-SD) and Dasinger scored in a span of 1:09 to give SU a 5-1 lead with 6:10 remaining in the opening quarter.

But Roanoke continued to fight back. Duke scored his second goal of the game with 4:42 left in the opening stanza and Dan Reed added one early in the second, followed by a pair of goals each by Zack Thomas and Chris Keating. The 5-0 run by the Maroons over a span of 8:43 of the quarter gave Roanoke a 7-6 lead at intermission and quieted the hometown crowd.

But as they have all season long, the Sea Gulls battled back. Smith (5g) scored a pair of man-up goals in the second half and stingy defense by Salisbury enabled the two-time defending national champs to regain the lead, 8-7, heading into the final 15 minutes.

Neither team was unable to gain momentum in the first seven minutes of the fourth period, but it was the Sea Gulls who turned on the afterburners. Senior midfielder Casey Olejniczak (Brighton, MI/St. Mary's) scored an unassisted goal with 7:45 remaining to tie the score and Dasinger scored his third goal of the game and 15th of the season just 33 seconds later to give SU the lead for good. Junior Dan Boyer (Millersville, MD/Mt. St. Joseph's), who was smothered most of the day, iced the game with 3:30 left taking one of six Chris Phillips' assists and putting the ball in the back of the net for his team-leading 69th goal of the year.

"(Roanoke) did a good job against Boyer, but a lot of other people had great opportunities for us," Berkman added.

Korpon picked up his 19th consecutive victory in goal for Salisbury, recording 10 saves. Matt Madalon (15-3) took the setback for Roanoke, finishing with 14 saves.

Thomas, Matt Duke and Adam Leahy each had a pair of goals to lead Roanoke.

 
                       Salisbury Men's Lacrosse 2005
       #6 Roanoke College vs #1 Salisbury (May 22, 2005 at Salisbury,Md.)

Roanoke College (15-3) vs.                        SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
Salisbury (19-0)                                  -------------------------------------
Date: May 22, 2005  Attendance: 1019              Roanoke College.....  2  5  0  4 - 11
Weather: Partly Cloudy 69 degrees                 Salisbury...........  5  1  2  5 - 13

Roanoke College SCORING: GOALS: Matt Duke 2; Chris Keating 2; Zack Thomas 2;
Adam Leahy 2; Dan Reed 1; Jon Mason 1; Nick Derby 1.
ASSISTS: Dan Reed 3; Jon Mason 1; Tug Schroeder 1.

Salisbury SCORING: GOALS: Justin Smith 5; Matt Dasinger 3; Mike Edwards 1; Dan
Boyer 1; Mike Hurley 1; Casey Olejniczak 1; Jimmy Creighton 1.
ASSISTS: Chris Phillips 6; Mike Edwards 2.

SHOTS BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
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Roanoke College.....  5  8  6  7 - 26
Salisbury........... 10  5  9 10 - 34

GROUND BALLS BY PRD   1  2  3  4  Tot
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Roanoke College.....  8  9  6  7 - 30
Salisbury........... 14  9  3  9 - 35

FACE-OFFS BY PRD       1     2     3     4     Total
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Roanoke College.....  2-8   2-7   2-2   4-10 - 10-27
Salisbury...........  6-8   5-7   0-2   6-10 - 17-27

EXTRA-MAN OPPS         1     2     3     4     Total
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Roanoke College.....  0-2   0-0   0-2   0-0  -  0-4
Salisbury...........  0-1   0-1   2-2   0-1  -  2-5


SAVES BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
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Roanoke College.....  2  2  6  4 - 14
Salisbury...........  1  2  4  3 - 10

PENALTIES - ROANOKE 5/5:00; SAL 4/3:00.
Officials: Butch West (R); David Seidman (U); Pat Flynn (FJ). Scorer: John Krueger.                                                      

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                         Salisbury Men's Lacrosse 2005
       #6 Roanoke College vs #1 Salisbury (May 22, 2005 at Salisbury,Md.)

Salisbury
Pos. ## Player                       G   A Pts  Sh GB  Face  Pen-Min
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G    33 Dan Korpon..........         -   -   -   -  3   -
ATT  3  Chris Phillips......         -   6   6   1  -   -
ATT  4  Dan Boyer...........         1   -   1   2  2   -
DEF  6  Jeff Bigas..........         -   -   -   -  4   -
MID  7  Justin Smith........         5   -   5  11  -   -
ATT  13 Eric Bishop.........         -   -   -   3  1   -    1/ 0:30
MID  16 Bryan Bradford......         -   -   -   3 13 17-27  1/ 0:30
MID  18 Sean White..........         -   -   -   -  2   -
DEF  19 Chris Heier.........         -   -   -   -  4   -    1/ 1:00
DEF  31 Tony Incontrera.....         -   -   -   -  1   -
     ---------- Substitutes ----------
     5  Mike Edwards........         1   2   3   4  1   -
     8  JB Sheridan.........         -   -   -   -  -   -
     9  Ryan Rohde..........         -   -   -   1  -   -
     10 Luis Gonzalez.......         -   -   -   1  -   -
     12 Joe Parker..........         -   -   -   -  -   -
     15 Jimmy Creighton.....         1   -   1   1  -   -
     17 Mike Hurley.........         1   -   1   2  -   -
     24 Casey Olejniczak....         1   -   1   1  1   -
     27 Kyle Burto..........         -   -   -   -  -   -
     29 Chris Sgritta.......         -   -   -   1  2   -
     30 Joe Patalak.........         -   -   -   -  -   -
     40 Matt Dasinger.......         3   -   3   3  1   -
     45 Ryan DeRose.........         -   -   -   -  -   -

        Totals..............        13   8  21  34 35 17-27  4/ 3:00

GOALTENDER SUMMARY
Salisbury                 Minutes   GA   W/L   1   2   3   4 Saves
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33 Dan Korpon..........     59:42   11    W    1   2   4   3    10


Legend: Sh=shots  SOG-shots on goal  G=goals scored  A=assists  Face=faceoffs  T/O=turnovers
CT=caused turnover  SC=stick check  INT=interception  BLK=blocked pass/shot  DCH=drawn charge

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                         Salisbury Men's Lacrosse 2005
       #6 Roanoke College vs #1 Salisbury (May 22, 2005 at Salisbury,Md.)

Roanoke College
Pos. ## Player                       G   A Pts  Sh GB  Face  Pen-Min
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G    38 Matt Madalon........         -   -   -   -  1   -    1/ 1:00
ATT  11 Jon Mason...........         1   1   2   2  2   -
DEF  16 Josh Bryant.........         -   -   -   -  2   -
ATT  17 Zack Thomas.........         2   -   2   3  5   -
DEF  21 Ben Love............         -   -   -   -  3   -
MID  23 Chris Keating.......         2   -   2   4  1  0-1
ATT  27 Tug Schroeder.......         -   1   1   1  -   -    1/ 1:00
MID  32 Dan Reed............         1   3   4   2  2   -    1/ 1:00
DEF  43 Tom Schaefer........         -   -   -   -  1   -
MID  45 Matt Duke...........         2   -   2   7  -   -    1/ 1:00
     ---------- Substitutes ----------
     1  Pat Hurley..........         -   -   -   1  1   -
     3  Adam Leahy..........         2   -   2   2  2   -
     8  Ryan Wilkerson......         -   -   -   1  -   -
     13 Rich Li.............         -   -   -   -  3  5-10
     19 Wes McFarlane.......         -   -   -   1  1   -
     22 Andrew Hall.........         -   -   -   -  2   -
     24 Billy Cameron.......         -   -   -   -  1  1-4
     26 Jeremiah Morrow.....         -   -   -   -  -   -
     46 Will Stark..........         -   -   -   -  -   -
     48 Nick Derby..........         1   -   1   2  3  4-12  1/ 1:00

        Totals..............        11   5  16  26 30 10-27  5/ 5:00

GOALTENDER SUMMARY
Roanoke College           Minutes   GA   W/L   1   2   3   4 Saves
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38 Matt Madalon........     58:23   13    L    2   2   6   4    14
26 Jeremiah Morrow.....      1:19    0         0   0   0   0     0


Legend: Sh=shots  SOG-shots on goal  G=goals scored  A=assists  Face=faceoffs  T/O=turnovers
CT=caused turnover  SC=stick check  INT=interception  BLK=blocked pass/shot  DCH=drawn charge

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                         Salisbury Men's Lacrosse 2005
       #6 Roanoke College vs #1 Salisbury (May 22, 2005 at Salisbury,Md.)

SCORING SUMMARY:
    Prd  Time Team     Type Goal Scorer                       Assists
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1.  1st 14:26 SAL      EVEN Justin Smith                      Unassisted
2.      13:11 SAL      EVEN Justin Smith                      Chris Phillips
3.      11:35 SAL      DN   Jimmy Creighton                   Chris Phillips
4.      10:32 ROANOKE  EVEN Matt Duke                         Unassisted
5.       7:19 SAL      EVEN Mike Hurley                       Unassisted
6.       6:10 SAL      EVEN Matt Dasinger                     Unassisted
7.       4:42 ROANOKE  EVEN Matt Duke                         Tug Schroeder
8.  2nd 14:32 SAL      EVEN Justin Smith                      Mike Edwards
9.      10:09 ROANOKE  EVEN Dan Reed                          Unassisted
10.      9:05 ROANOKE  EVEN Zack Thomas                       Dan Reed
11.      8:12 ROANOKE  EVEN Zack Thomas                       Unassisted
12.      2:14 ROANOKE  EVEN Chris Keating                     Jon Mason
13.      1:26 ROANOKE  EVEN Chris Keating                     Unassisted
14. 3rd 14:15 SAL      UP   Justin Smith                      Chris Phillips
15.      2:13 SAL      UP   Justin Smith                      Mike Edwards
16. 4th 14:25 ROANOKE  EVEN Jon Mason                         Unassisted
17.     13:43 SAL      EVEN Mike Edwards                      Chris Phillips
18.     13:07 ROANOKE  EVEN Adam Leahy                        Dan Reed
19.     12:14 SAL      EVEN Matt Dasinger                     Chris Phillips
20.     12:04 ROANOKE  EVEN Nick Derby                        Unassisted
21.     11:30 ROANOKE  EVEN Adam Leahy                        Dan Reed
22.      7:45 SAL      EVEN Casey Olejniczak                  Unassisted
23.      7:12 SAL      EVEN Matt Dasinger                     Unassisted
24.      3:30 SAL      EVEN Dan Boyer                         Chris Phillips


PENALTY SUMMARY:
Prd  Time Team     ##-Player                Min     Offense
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1st 14:18 ROANOKE  32-Dan Reed             1:00 PP  SLASHING................................
    12:54 SAL      16-Bryan Bradford       0:30 PP  PUSHING.................................
    01:29 SAL      19-Chris Heier          1:00 PP  SLASHING................................
2nd 00:04 ROANOKE  45-Matt Duke            1:00 PP  PUSHING.................................
3rd 13:09 ROANOKE  27-Tug Schroeder        1:00 PP  PUSHING.................................
    06:17 SAL      13-Eric Bishop          0:30 PP  PUSHING.................................
    06:17 SAL      TM-TEAM                 1:00 PP  UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT.................
    03:02 ROANOKE  48-Nick Derby           1:00 PP  SLASHING................................
4th 01:37 ROANOKE  38-Matt Madalon         1:00 PP  SLASHING................................






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