MLAX NCAA Third Round vs. Christopher Newport

May 13, 2018

The number seven Salisbury University squared off against Capital Athletic Conference opponent number 16 Christopher Newport University in the third round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday night at Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls had defeated the Captains twice already this season with the most recent time coming just 10 days prior on the same field in the CAC Semifinals. The stage was set for a classic battle but the opening 30 minutes was anything but as Christopher Newport stormed out to a 9-3 halftime advantage. But the final 30 minutes was anything but ordinary as Salisbury staged a playoff comeback for the ages storming back on a nine-goal run to down the visiting Captains 12-11 and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Trailing 10-3 in the third quarter Griffin Moroney, who netted a team-high three goals, got the run started finishing off a Zach Pompea pass to bring the score line to 10-4. Josh Melton kept the momentum going as he picked up the rebound off a Pompea shot that ricocheted out in front of the net and fired it home to pull Salisbury within five. Less than a minute later Moroney finished off a Pierre Armstrong pass to cut the deficit to just four, at 10-6, and the comeback was on! In the fourth quarter the run continued for the maroon and gold after tallies by Reynolds and Pompea, Armstrong trimmed the Captains advantage to just two with over 11 minutes remaining capitalizing in transition off the pass from Reynolds. Less than two minutes Corey Gwin made the comeback complete and seven-goal deficit erased as he buried his second goal of the night to level the score at 10 all with 9 minutes and 47 seconds left to play. The less than minutes later it would be Moroney one more time, tallying his final and most important goal of the night netting the game winner finishing off the Josh Melton offering to give Salisbury its only lead of the night. Christopher Newport had one last ditch effort but with the horn sounding and the shot attempt being denied the game was over and the celebration began as the Sea Gulls punched their ticket into the quarterfinal round. Salisbury will take on Dickinson College on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium

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