CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The No. 5 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team ended its regular season with its annual War on the Shore game, falling to No. 12 Washington (Md.) College, 7-6. The win was the first over Salisbury for Washington in 13 games, and it was its first time hoisting the Charles B. Clark cup.
After Washington's Bennett Cord scored the game's first goal less than three minutes in, the Sea Gulls answered at the 8:05 mark in transition as sophomore attackman Wade Korvin picked up a ground ball five yards from the goal, ran to the crease, faked the Shoreman goalkeeper and planted the ball in the lower left corner of the goal.
The next goal would not be scored until there was 1:32 left in the first quarter with the Shoremen regaining the lead, 2-1, which they would hold into the second quarter.
Junior midfielder Greg Korvin drove down the left side, drawing a sliding Washington defender and passing the ball off to fellow junior midfielder Tyler Smith, who was wide open on the crease to score Salisbury's second goal and tie the game.
The teams entered halftime tied, 2-2, with the Shoremen leading in shots, 18-15. Both teams won 3-of-6 faceoffs, and the Sea Gulls were successful on 9-of-11 clear attempts.
The Salisbury offense came out firing in the third quarter, scoring two goals in the first two minutes of the period. Senior midfielder Eric Kluge opened the quarter by driving down the left side and ripping a left-handed shot into the back of the cage. Kluge assisted the next goal, passing the ball to senior attackman Zach Hill, who scored his first of three goals in the quarter.
Washington (11-2) cut the lead to 4-3, but Hill responded with his last two goals. He took a pass from sophomore midfielder John Brewer and planted a behind-the-back shot in the left side of the net, before picking up a ground ball near the crease and bouncing a shot over the keeper while falling to the ground for his third score.
The Sea Gulls (13-4) carried the 6-3 lead into the final quarter, but Washington outscored the Gulls in the quarter, 4-0, to come back for the win. Four different Shoremen scored in the period. Kodie Englehart tied the game with 2:17 remianing off an assist from Cord and Hunter Nowicki scored the game-winning goal with 1:04 remaining.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor played the entire game in the cage and made 11 saves in the loss.
Salisbury now looks forward to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. As the top seed, the Sea Gulls hold a first-round bye in the tournament and will host a semifinal contest on Saturday, April 27 against an opponent to be determined. Log on to www.suseagulls.com for more information about the tournament as it becomes available.