Salisbury rolls by Gettysburg, into Div. III final

May 22, 1994|By Joe Weber | Joe Weber,Special to The Sun

SALISBURY -- Eight unanswered goals in the first quarter proved too much for Gettsyburg yesterday as undefeated Salisbury State advanced to the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse championship game, 20-11.

The Sea Gulls advance to next Sunday's match against the winner of today's Hobart-Nazareth game, marking Salisbury's second title-game appearance in four years. In 1991, the Gulls lost to defending champion Hobart, 12-11.

Salisbury attackman Jason Coffman scored two of his four goals in the first quarter, the first off a loose ball in front of the crease and the second when he slipped the ball inside the left post after working from behind.

Gettysburg struggled back in the second quarter, outscoring Salisbury 4-2 and converting on both extra-man opportunities.

Junior Glenn Mulligan (West Islip, N.Y.) made it 8-1 on an unassisted extra-man goal at 13:39, and attackman Noah Davis (three goals) made it 8-3 on junior Tim DeMore's assist.

The Bullets' leading scorer, DeMore (88 goals) was held to two goals yesterday by Salisbury's top defenseman, Chris McQueeney.

"I thought our defense played another great game.

"For the first 17 or 18 minutes they [the Bullets] weren't even near the goal," said coach Jim Berkman, who has taken Salisbury to the tournament for the sixth season in a row.

Junior attackman Sean Radabaugh (Loyola High) had two of Salisbury's eight first-quarter goals, the second on a behind-the-back shot off the left post for a 7-0 lead.

Gettysburg goaltender Jake Kovalcik kept his team close with 24 saves.

"We took 18 shots at him [Kovalcik] in the second quarter and only scored two goals. He made a lot of big saves," said Berkman.

After the game, Gettysburg head coach Hank Janczyk and Kovalcik praised Salisbury. "They came out like gangbusters," said Kovalcik.

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