Today's games

May 28, 2000

NCAA Division II final

No. 3 Limestone (12-2) vs. No. 4 C.W. Post (8-3)

Site: Ludwig Field, College Park

Time: 3 p.m.

Skinny: C.W. Post earned its place in the championship game on the strength of a commanding, 17-8, season-ending victory over then-top-ranked New York Tech. Team leading scorer and All-New York Collegiate Athletic Conference attackman Benny Cottone (29 goals, 11 assists) spurred the Pioneers with four goals that day. The Pioneers, who are making their third consecutive appearance in the title game (they last won in 1996), boast seven other All-NYCAC players, including senior defender David Kelly, who earned player of the year honors. The Saints have won 20 straight against Division II foes, but the last team to beat them was C.W. Post in a 12-4 decision last season. Limestone has been an offensive machine this season, outscoring opponents 304-95, including a 156-43 margin during their current eight-game winning streak. This season, the Saints captured their second consecutive Big South Conference championship and set a school record for victories in a season. They are led by senior captain Jake Lawson, a brusing midfielder who came to Limestone after two years at Niagara University, where he was the leading scorer. Limestone's roster includes 31 players from Maryland. The two schools have met six previous times, with the Pioneers winning five times. - Sam Borden

NCAA Division III final

No. 1 Salisbury State (17-1) vs. No. 5 Middlebury (14-1)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: Noon

Skinny: The title game is a familiar place for the top-ranked Sea Gulls as they are making their fifth appearance in the national championship. Defending champion Salisbury State faces Middlebury for a second year in a row in the final. The Gulls beat the Panthers, 13-6, last year. Senior Joe High (Dulaney) leads the Sea Gulls in scoring with 74 goals and 21 assists. Salisbury's offense ranks fifth in the nation with an average of 17.6 goals a game, and the Sea Gulls' stingy defense is third with a 6.1 goals-against average. The fifth-ranked Panthers feature a young and potent offense led by junior Holt Hopkins (Boys' Latin), who has scored 53 goals and added 10 assists. Middlebury's defense could be the difference. The Panthers return 1999 Player of the Year defenseman Jed Raymond, and senior goalkeeper Dave Campbell has had a solid postseason.

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