Ncaa Lacrosse Playoffs

May 21, 1994


Gettysburg (12-1) at Salisbury State (14-0)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m. today

Outlook: Salisbury State has traditionally had a tough time in the semifinals, where the Sea Gulls are 1-6. To get to their first championship game in three years, the top-ranked Sea Gulls will have to overcome a third-ranked Gettysburg team that is similarly explosive on offense, tenacious on defense and deep ,, overall. Gettysburg's lone defeat came against defending national champion Hobart six weeks ago. The Bullets, making their fifth playoff appearance, are in their first semifinal game, thanks largely to junior A Tim DeMore (43 goals, 46 assists), who has broken or tied four school records this season. Freshman A Dave Curry (37, 31) was a major reason that Gettysburg recovered so quickly from the graduation of six seniors. Defensively, the Bullets rely primarily on juniors Todd Hyer and Brian McGum and sophomore G Jake Kovalcik (12.5 saves per game, .592 save percentage). They will have their hands full against a Salisbury State offense that is the best in coach Jim Berkman's six years there. Sophomore A Jason Coffman (62 goals, 30 assists) is one of the top finishers in the nation, and he gets plenty of support from junior A Sean Radebaugh (39, 38) and sophomore A Paul Smith (33, 12). The heart of the Sea Gulls is a rotation of 10 midfielders -- led by Dod Poe and Dan Mergott -- that has worn opponents down all year. They have given crucial assistance to defensemen Chris McQueeney and Tom McAuliffe and G Erik Miller (.643 save percentage), who lead a defense that has allowed only 6.6 goals per game. Salisbury State, coming off a 24-6 pounding of rival Washington College in the quarterfinals, is averaging 20.1 goals. The Sea Gulls are in the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Seven-year Gettysburg coach Hank Janczyk spent three years at Salisbury State, where he went 43-11 in the mid-1980s.


William Smith (15-0) vs. Johns Hopkins (15-0)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 12:30 p.m. today

Outlook: Second-ranked William Smith makes its seventh NCAA semifinal appearance. The Herons beat Franklin & Marshall, 16-14, last week, coming back from a 12-11, second-half deficit with a five-goal run to advance to today's game. Junior co-captain Jennifer Bertsch had a career- and team-high seven goals and two assists in the win over Franklin & Marshall, in which five William Smith players scored at least one point. Junior Amy Hoover leads the Herons in scoring with 57 goals and 39 assists, and needs 10 goals to set a school career record. Bertsch has 58 goals and 29 assists this season. G Sarah Daniels has at least 10 saves in each of her past six games, including 17 in last week's win over Franklin & Marshall. Johns Hopkins, which has beaten seven of the top 15 teams this year, beat Denison, 13-9, in last week's first-round game behind four-goal efforts from senior Rebecca Savage (Centennial) and sophomore Jennifer Ward. Both players scored twice in a six-goal barrage that blew the game open. Savage, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, scored 73 goals this year and assisted on eight to lead Hopkins. Ward has 59 goals and 24 assists to lead Hopkins. The third-ranked Blue Jays, competing in their third semifinal, dropped a 20-9 decision to William Smith in last year's Final Four. In that game, the Herons used a speed advantage and parlayed 6-0 runs in each half to beat the Blue Jays in their only previous meeting. "Last year, they [Herons] taught Hopkins a nice lesson, and we're hoping to use that to our advantage," said first-year coach Janine Tucker, who hopes to take Hopkins to its first title game. Both teams outscored their opposition by more than 100 goals. The Blue Jays, William Smith and top-ranked Trenton State are the only undefeated Division III teams. The winner plays the Trenton State-Middlebury winner tomorrow for the championship.


No. 7 Brown (12-4) at No. 2 Loyola (11-1)

Site: Curley Field

Time: 1 p.m. today

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