SALISBURY, Md. – The second-seeded Salisbury University men's lacrosse team welcomes third-seeded Christopher Newport University to Sea Gull Stadium for the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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How we got here
Salisbury advanced to the semifinals after it claimed a 27-9 victory over No. 7-seeded Southern Virginia University in the first round of the CAC tournament. The Sea Gulls managed to pull away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Knights 12-0. Salisbury got goals from nine different players, including three from Cross Ferrara, who finished with a team-best five markers for the afternoon.
How they got here
Christopher Newport advanced to the CAC semifinals after posting a dominant 20-6 victory against the University of Mary Washington in first round action. Holding a 5-1 lead after the opening frame, the Captains blew the game open with a 10-goal second quarter that saw team leader in goals, Dylan Rice, net a hat trick to give the home team a 15-2 lead at the break. Rice finished the game as the Captains' points and goals leader totaling six and four, respectively.
Scouting the Captains
Christopher Newport is led by Rice, who has put up a team-best 68 points with another team-high 50 goals. Rice has totaled at least one point in all but one game this season while netting a hat trick in 13 of the Captains' 18 games. Defensively, the buck stops at Scott McAneney, who has started all 18 games for the Captains this season, making 233 stops for a save percentage of .590. He has totaled double-digit saves in 15 of the 18 contests while posting a season-high 19 saves against both Southern Virginia and Mary Washington.
Since the calendar flipped to April Cross Ferrara has raised his game to another level as he has tallied at least two points in seven straight games, including breaking his career-best mark twice during that span. On April 20, in a game against Southern Virginia, Ferrara posted a career-best seven points while netting a team and career-high six goals. Since April 6, Ferrara has accounted for 29 total points with 24 goals and five assists.
Righting the ship
Since falling to Salisbury, 18-4, on April 10, Christopher Newport has embarked on a three-game win streak in which it has scored 13 or more goals in each contest and has held its opponents to eight goals or fewer. The Captains have averaged 15.67 goals per game during the winning streak while the defense has allowed a mark of just 6.67 goals against while causing 17.33 turnovers per game.
The winner of the semifinal contest will advance to the CAC championship game on Saturday, May 4, and will take on the winner of No. 1 York College of Pennsylvania and No. 5 Frostburg State University. The game will be played at the highest remaining seed's field with a game time to be announced.