Salisbury 12, Gettysburg 9

May 18, 2005

SALISBURY, Md. -- No.4-ranked Gettysburg (15-4) threw the biggest scare of the season into the No.1-ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls (18-0) as the two-time defending national championships saw the Centennial Conference champions battle back from a 9-6 deficit to knot the score at 9-9 at the end of the third quarter. But after neither team could score in the fourth quarter for more than 11 minutes, the Sea Gulls showed why they're the defending champs as they outscored the Bullets 3-0 in the final 3:41 to advance to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship semifinals with a 12-9 victory.

The Sea Gulls, who tied the NCAA all-time winning streak mark at 47 games with the victory, will host No.6-ranked Roanoke College (15-2) Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium at 1 p.m. in one of the Division III two semifinals. Roanoke outlasted No.7 Lynchburg Wednesday, 10-9, in another quarterfinal contest.

Sophomore Eric Bishop (Media, PA/Penncrest) scored four goals and handed out one assist and junior Dan Boyer (Millersville, MD/Mt. St. Joseph's) added four goals to lead the way offensively for Salisbury. Senior Justin Smith (Annapolis, MD/St. Vincent Pallotti) added a pair of goals and two assists and junior Ryan Rhode (Glenmoore, PA/Malvern Prep) and sophomore Luis Gonzalez (Croften, MD/Arundel) each scored one goal.

SU senior Bryan Bradford (Fallston, MD/Fallston) won 14-for-23 face-offs and had nine ground balls. SU held the advantage in ground balls (31-24), but only a slim margin in shots (37-36).

Four different Gettysburg players scored two goals. Juniors Bryan Pryor (Dallas, TX/St. Mark's) and Chase Stewart (Downington, PA/Downington) each had one assist to goal with their two goals, while sophomores Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) and Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) each dropped in a pair of shots.

Senior Dan Korpon (Annapolis, MD/Severna Park) recorded his 18th consecutive win in goal for Salisbury. He finished with 14 saves, seven coming in the third period. Sophomore Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) took the loss for the Bullets. He surrendered 12 goals but had 13 saves.

Salisbury took a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds into the contest when Smith scored an unassisted goal. The Sea Gulls went on to take a 4-1 lead after the first period.

Gettysburg closed the gap just before intermission when the Bullets scored three goals in a span of 5:42 to cut the SU advantage from 7-3 to 7-6. The final two goals - both by Stewart - came in the final 31 seconds before the half.

The Sea Gulls led 9-6 with 10:05 remaining in the third quarter, but Freehill and Pryor combined for three goals to knot the score at 9-9 with 2:35 remaining in the period.

After a timeout late in the fourth period, the Gulls appeared to turn up the tempo and Boyer scored a pair of goals (at 3:41 and 2:29) and Ganzalez added a third with 1:33 remaining as SU put the game on ice.

-- Courtesy Salisbury