SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team saw its bid for a fourth straight trip to the national championship come up short on Sunday evening as the Sea Gulls fell to No. 6 Cabrini University in the national semifinal, 16-13.
The Cavaliers (21-2) jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the opening frame, scoring three straight unassisted markers in the opening five and a half minutes. Jordan Krug, who finished with both a team and contest-high seven goals and eight points, netted three in the opening 15 minutes to help the visitors take the four-goal lead.
However, the Sea Gulls (22-2) rallied back in the second quarter behind a seven-goal outburst to take a 9-8 lead into the break. Joe Saulino netted his second marker of the season to spark a 7-1 run by the maroon and gold. Cross Ferrara, who netted a team-best three markers, found the back of the cage twice during the scoring spree, including the last goal of the run, to give Salisbury its first lead of the evening, 8-7, with just over a minute left in the opening half.
Overall, five different players' netted goals in the quarter, including two from both Ferrara and Emory Wongus.
The two sides traded goals throughout the third quarter as Ferrara netted his final tally of the night to give Salisbury a one-goal lead, 11-10, with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. That was the last lead though of the game for the maroon and gold as the Cavaliers went on a 5-1 run between the waning minutes of the third quarter and throughout the fourth to push its advantage to 15-12.
Tyler Snyder netted the maroon and gold's final tally of the day, finishing off one of Josh Melton's team-best two assists, to pull Salisbury within two with just over two minutes left to play. Krug capped the game by netting the final tally of the contest to push the score line final and send Cabrini to its first-ever national championship.
Six different members of the Salisbury defense recorded a caused turnover, with Brad Apgar leading the way with two. However, the team totaled 18 turnovers as compared to Cabrini's 14 while the Cavaliers' defense forced 11 turnovers. Jackson Woodward scooped up a team-best seven groundballs while Brad Greik and Drew Borkowicz combined for seven.