SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team will host the Capital Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, squaring off against No. 12 York College of Pennsylvania at Sea Gull Stadium at 2 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls finished the regular season with a 6-1 CAC record to earn the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament. After hosting fourth-seeded Frostburg State University in a semifinal round game for a 12-6 victory, Salisbury advanced to title game, looking for its 18th CAC championship. Junior attackman Mike Kane's five goals led the Sea Gulls past the Bobcats on Saturday, April 26, while senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor made 10 saves in the contest.
How they got here
Also finishing the regular season with a 6-1 conference record, York tied Salisbury for the CAC regular-season championship and earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament. After a first-round bye, the Spartans hosted third-seeded University of Mary Washington and advanced to the championship game with a 13-9 victory over the Eagles. Attackman Andrew Gamble led the Spartans with five goals and one assist in the win.
This meeting marks the 18th time Salisbury and York have played, with all 17 of the previous games going in the Sea Gulls' favor. SU holds a 15-0 advantage in CAC games and a 10-0 advantage in contests at Sea Gull Stadium in the series.
The last time we met
On Saturday, March 22, the Sea Gulls traveled to the Spartans for the regular-season meeting between the teams; the game ended in an 11-8 win for Salisbury. Senior midfielder Donovan Lange, sophomore midfielder Brady Dashiell, and Kane each scored two goals in the contest to lead the team. Dashiell added an assist to lead the Gulls with three points, while senior defender Josh Martin forced two turnovers to lead the defense.
Cream of the crop
Saturday's matchup features, not only the two top-seeded teams in the conference, but also will boast 19 of the 29 players selected to the All-CAC teams, the CAC Rookie of the Year, in York's Garrett Barker, and the CAC Coach of the Year, in York's Brandon Childs. Salisbury led the conference with 11 All-CAC selections, including five first-team nominations. Between the teams, 11-of-13 first-team spots are made up of Sea Gulls and Spartans. York had eight players named to the all-conference teams.
Along with featuring the CAC's Coach and Rookie of the Year, the Spartans also feature the two top goal scorers in the conference. Attackman Andrew Gamble leads the CAC with 49 goals, while attackman Tyler Hutson follows in second with 47 goals. The duo leads York with 68 and 59 points, respectively. The Spartan offense finished the regular season third with 228 goals, behind Salisbury and Mary Washington.
The winner of the CAC championship will earn the conference's automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III tournament, while the runner up will look for an at-large bid for a chance at the national championship. The NCAA selection show will take place on Sunday at 10 p.m., on NCAA.com as the teams will await their possible placements in the tournament.