CHESTERTOWN -- It's billed as the "War on the Shore," but the big Division III game between No. 3 Salisbury State and No. 8 Washington College was over almost before it began yesterday.
The visiting Sea Gulls took control of all facets of the game in the opening quarter, building a 5-0 lead before the Shoremen managed their first shot, and Salisbury went on to a convincing 22-8 victory at Kibler Field.
Senior attackman Jeff Chenowith (Fallston), who led Salisbury with four goals and four assists, opened the scoring on an extra-man goal a little more than three minutes into the game. The Sea Gulls then bunched four goals in a three-minute span, with Chris Boyle's score making it 5-0 with 7:11 left in the first quarter.
During the early surge, the Sea Gulls (11-1) outshot Washington 10-0, even though Salisbury had to fight off three man-down situations. Washington (10-3) didn't get its first shot until more than nine minutes had elapsed and didn't score until Salisbury had built a 7-0 lead in the first 11 minutes.
"Salisbury just took it to us," said Washington coach Terry Corcoran, who pulled his starting goalie, freshman Bill Griffin, after the seventh goal. "They came out and got all the ground balls, and they just dominated the play. We knew they were a very strong team, and they showed that today."
After Washington finally got its first goal, the first of five by sophomore Chris Cote, late in the first quarter, Salisbury answered with the first three goals of the second quarter for a 10-1 lead. Senior goalie Geoff Sanders turned back 17 Washington shots and didn't allow the Shoremen's offense to get untracked.
Last season, Salisbury ended a 12-game losing streak to the Shoremen with a 20-4 win in Salisbury. But that was against a Washington team that had been ravaged by player dismissals.
"We said there would be no excuses this year," said Sanders (Loch Raven). "It was a straight-up match on the field, and we came out and dominated. This is a big win for us on their field, and it means a lot for us not to just beat them, but by as much as we did. [No. 1-ranked] Hobart only beat them 11-7 on Hobart's home field."
In addition to the big offensive game from Chenowith, Salisbury also got solid performances from senior midfielders Art Morley (three goals, three assists), Kevin Hohner (4, 2) and Dan Gourley (3, 1).