SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team will play in its fifth-straight NCAA Division III tournament semifinal game on Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium, hosting No. 5 Washington (Md.) College in a 7 p.m., contest.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls advanced to the semifinal round with a 15-5 victory over No. 4 Denison University on Wednesday night. Salisbury dominated the game throughout, scoring eight unanswered goals from the 9:14 mark in the first quarter to the 13:18 mark in the third quarter, while the defense held Denison's No. 4 scoring offense to only one goal in the first half. Seniors, midfielder Greg Korvin and attackman Luke Phipps, and junior attackman Mike Kane each scored three goals to lead the team, while Phipps added three assists for a game-high six points. Senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor earned the win with nine saves in the game.
How they got here
Washington took down No. 3 Stevenson University in the quarterfinals to advance, getting a game-winning goal from Jim Cusick with only 22 seconds left in the game to win 12-11. Trailing 3-1 after the first quarter, the Shoremen ripped of six-straight goals in the second to take a 7-3 lead into halftime. The Mustangs fought back and eventually tied the game, 9-9. The teams battled back-and-forth during the final quarter, before Washington would get the final tally for the win.
The last time we met
The Sea Gulls and Shoremen met earlier this season on March 19, with SU reclaiming the Charles B. Clark cup with a 12-7 win at Sea Gull Stadium. Korvin, Kane and sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo each scored two goals to lead Salisbury's offense, while Taylor made 15 saves in the cage. The Sea Gulls never trailed in the contest, and, after taking the lead, 2-1, in the first quarter to break a tie, they led for the rest of the game to take the victory.
A streak will snap
Both teams enter Sunday's game riding winning streaks of 10 or more games. The Shoremen have not lost since the Sea Gulls took back the Charles B. Clark cup and are on a 13-game run, while the Sea Gulls are on a 10-game streak, having not lost since dropping a Capital Athletic Conference game to Christopher Newport University, 8-7, in overtime.
The Shoremen come to Sea Gull Stadium with the fourth-highest winning percentage in the country at .994, while boasting the ninth-best faceoff winning percentage at .653. Michael Trapp ranks seventh in the nation with a .696 winning percentage at the "X." Washington is led by its senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki with 74 points, ranking second on the team in goals with 33 and first in assists with 41. Cusick leads the Shoremen with 46 goals. The defense is anchored by senior goalkeeper Ted DiSalvo, who is saving .618 percent of shots faced and allowing only 7.18 goals per game.
The winner of the semifinal matchup will move on to the NCAA Division III National Championship game, taking on the winner of the other semifinal game between No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology and No. 6 Tufts University. The national championship is set for 1 p.m., on Sunday, May 25 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.