SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team begins its postseason play on Saturday, April 26 in a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal game against Frostburg State University at Sea Gull Stadium, as the Sea Gulls look to make a run for their 18th conference championship. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury finished the regular season with a 6-1 record in the CAC, giving it the No. 1 seed and home field advantage for the tournament. The Sea Gulls ended the season on a 3-0 stretch in the conference with wins over St. Mary's College of Maryland, Wesley College, and Marymount (Va.) University to earn a first-round bye and advance to Saturday's semifinal game.
How they got here
Fourth-seeded Frostburg defeated St. Mary's in a first-round game on Wednesday, 17-9, to earn a spot in a semifinal matchup. The Bobcats defeated the Seahawks in the final game of their regular season, 17-10, to earn the No. 4 seed in the tournament and a first-round home game.
The teams have met a total of six times in the series, with the Sea Gulls holding a 6-0 record against Frostburg. The teams first met on April 13, 1977 in a 23-6 SU victory, and since the 2011 season, have met each year in the CAC. Salisbury is 3-0 in the conference and 2-0 at home over FSU.
The last time we met
Senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick netted three goals to lead the Sea Gulls over the Bobcats, 10-5, on March 15 this season. Salisbury outscored Frostburg 8-3 in the final three quarters of the game to take the victory, as seven other Sea Gulls netted a goal each in the game. SU's offense outshot Frostburg, 60-21, in the game, while the defense forced 25 Bobcat turnovers and senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor made eight saves.
On the offensive
Salisbury's first line of attack, made up of seniors Rhett DePol and Luke Phipps and junior Mike Kane, has led the offense throughout the season. Kane leads the team with 34 goals, while DePol and Phipps come in first and second on the team with 54 and 51 points, respectively. Phipps has netted 29 goals, while DePol has scored 25 to ranked second and third behind Kane, while DePol has dished out a team-high 29 assists. With 20 points in the last four games, Phipps has come on strong to lead Salisbury's late-season push.
Since their loss to the Sea Gulls, the Bobcats have gone on an 8-2 stretch, including four conference wins. Frostburg enters today's game with the fourth most goals in the CAC with 213 and the fourth best goals per game average with 12.53. The Bobcat defense has also allowed the third fewest goals on the year with 115 in the conference, just five more than the Sea Gulls. Senior attackman Ryan Serio leads the team with 36 goals, while junior attackman Devin Colegrove lead the Bobcats with 52 points.
The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the CAC championship game against the winner of the other semifinal matchup between second-seeded York College of Pennsylvania and third-seeded University of Mary Washington. The championship game will take place on Saturday, May 3 at the location of the highest seed; the time is to be determined.