Top-ranked Salisbury cruises over Washington College, 23-11 'War on Shore' is little more than a skirmish

April 21, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

CHESTERTOWN -- The annual grudge match between Salisbury State and Washington College was barely 20 minutes old yesterday and Sea Gulls fans already were starting to gloat.

"'War on the Shore.' Is that what they call this?" asked one Salisbury supporter, not expecting an answer. "This looks more like a massacre to me."

It probably looked that way to the rest of the 2,311 lacrosse fans who gathered around Kibler Field. Washington College coach John Haus had one of the best views around and he couldn't figure out how to stop it.

"You can't stop them because they have too many people right now," said Haus, after watching his sixth-ranked team bow to the top-ranked Sea Gulls, 23-11. "We're just not in their league."

No team in Division III has been able to stop the Sea Gulls in almost three years. Salisbury entered yesterday's 24th playing of the "War on the Shore" riding a 44-game winning streak and boasting two Division III championships.

Salisbury's top gun, senior Jason Coffman, showed why he's about to become a four-time All-American by exploiting the Shoremen's defense for seven goals and six assists.

Mike Austin tossed in six goals for the Sea Gulls (12-0) and Jake Bergey added four goals for the visitors.

Coach Jim Berkman's offense erupted for nine goals in the second quarter, giving the Sea Gulls a 14-5 lead at the half.

"Washington College has a very good team this year and we had a great game today," said Coffman, Salisbury's all-time leading scorer with 239 goals and 193 assists. "We came out ready to play today and we were well-prepared for them."

Washington College (8-4), which handed Salisbury its last loss in the 1993 Division III playoffs, kept Salisbury off the scoreboard for nearly the first five minutes but once the flood gates opened, there was no stopping the Sea Gulls.

Sophomore Michael Wilson (three goals, one assist) got the Shoremen fans back in the game when he cut the lead to two on a feed from John Fuller (six, two) with 4: 41 left in the first quarter.

The next thing the Shoremen knew, they were trailing by six.

"They're good in the field, their attack is excellent and they finish the ball," said Washington College senior Bart Jaeger. "They converted on opportunities and we didn't."

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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