Salisbury's War On The Shore ends quickly, 17-5

April 25, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

SALISBURY -- The annual War On The Shore yesterday was far from being the mother of all battles. Actually, it seemed like just another day at the office for Salisbury State.

The Sea Gulls, ranked No. 1 in Division III, scored seven goals in the first quarter to defeat No. 5 Washington College, 17-5, at Sea Gull Stadium. Washington (9-2), led by attackman Jason Paige and midfielder Greg Lawler, was expected to give Salisbury (12-0) one of its toughest tests of the year.

But from the beginning, there were signs of a blowout. The attack was supposed to be the Sea Gulls' weakest unit, but Salisbury had a 5-1 lead in the first 10 minutes.

"I don't think a lot of people in Chestertown take us seriously," saidChris Soper, Salisbury's senior attackman. "They have been making excuses for us beating them the last two years. We wanted to show them something today, as well as other folks around the country, that we deserve to be No. 1."

"I think we set the tone early," said Jim Berkman, Salisbury's coach, whose team has won its past three games against Washington. "Then we controlled the faceoffs and kept possession. We had a few guys step up today offensively."

Two were junior attackman Joe DiNenna and junior midfielder Erik Wynot, who finished with three and two goals, respectively. Then there were the steady performers, such as freshman attackman Jason Coffman, who had four goals, and attackmen Chris Soper and Dave Webb, who each had two.

Coffman scored the first goal with 10:29 left in the first period, and Soper scored from near the top of the crease nearly two minutes later. Washington College's Chris Cote scored with 7:34 left, but then DiNenna scored three of Salisbury's next five goals.

Salisbury was too quick for Washington's late sliding defense. The Sea Gulls also won 19 of 25 faceoffs. During the second period, Salisbury won all eight faceoffs.

"We know our defense is great," said Sloper, whose team had a 63-24 advantage in ground balls. "But our offense has played 12 games, and we're confident in our ability to [score]. We want to take some of the pressure off the defense."

Salisbury put plenty of it on Paige and Lawler. Paige entered the game as the Shoremen's leading scorer with 37 goals and 14 assists. Lawler (27 goals, 9 assists) usually runs the Shoremen's offense.

Because Salisbury won the majority of the faceoffs, Lawler wasn't on the field much. He had only one assist. Paige was smothered by Salisbury's Scott Petrie. Paige, a transfer from Syracuse, had two goals, but didn't score until there was 38 seconds left in the third period. Washington scored only one goal in every quarter except the fourth.

The Sea Gulls are 4-0 against Top 10 teams this year, and 11-2 against them during the past three seasons.

Salisbury has only one game left, against West Chester next Saturday, before the playoffs start May 16.

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