SALISBURY, Md. - The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team welcomes No. 11 York College of Pennsylvania back to Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday for the second-straight game, as the Sea Gulls begin the NCAA Division III tournament with a second-round contest at 12 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament by defeating York, 12-4, in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, May 3. Along with the bid, the Gulls also earned a first-round bye and a second-round home game to start their run for the 2014 national championship.
How they got here
After falling to the Sea Gulls in the conference title game, York grabbed an at-large bid to the tournament, and hosted Susquehanna University in a first-round contest. The Spartans advanced to the second round with an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders on Wednesday. Tyler Hutson and Seth Krolus both scored two goals to lead York in the game.
Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between SU and York in the NCAA tournament, but Salisbury enters play with an 18-0 all-time record over the Spartans, with two wins already during this season. The Gulls are 11-0 at home against York, as well, including this year's win in the CAC championship game.
The last time we met
Salisbury earned its 18th CAC crown with the 12-4 win in the conference title game, led by senior attackmen Rhett DePol and Luke Phipps; with two goals and two assists, each, the duo tied to lead the Sea Gulls with four points, each. Senior midfielder Donovan Lange led the Gulls with three goals, while the SU defense stepped up to only allow two York goals through the first three quarters of the contest.
An annual affair
This trip to the NCAA postseason is the 26th-straight tournament appearance for the Sea Gulls, who have never missed a tournament since Head Coach Jim Berkman took over in the 1989 season. During the span, Salisbury is a combined 56-15 in NCAA tournament games, while winning 10 national championships, advancing to 13 national championship games, and playing in 17 tournament semifinal games.
The Spartans are led by their attackmen duo of Andrew Gamble and Tyler Hutson; the players lead the team with 50 and 49 goals, respectively, while Tyler Davis joins to create a high-scoring trio. Gamble leads the team with 69 points, Hutson ranks second with 62 points, and Davis adds 61 points at No. 3. Along with a potent attack, York is anchored by its All-CAC first team goalkeeper Caleb Abney, who is only allowing 7.02 goals per game and saving .628 percent of shots faced.
The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals against the winner of another second-round contest between Denison University and Aurora University. Denison plays host to Aurora for a 2 p.m., contest on Saturday.