Gulls control 2nd half for 60th straight win

Salisbury 13 Gettysburg 7

April 02, 2006|By SAM ATKINSON | SAM ATKINSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- In the first half, the top two teams in Division III men's lacrosse played up to the hype. In the second half, things weren't so close and the end result turned into a mere formality, as top-ranked Salisbury defeated No. 2 Gettysburg, 13-7, yesterday before a boisterous crowd of 3,657 at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

"It is a great win against a great team," Salisbury coach Jim Berkman said. "They are one of the best teams in Division III."

The victory extended Salisbury's winning streak to 60, dating to April 10, 2003. It's the longest current streak in lacrosse in any division and ranks in the top 10 all-time for all NCAA sports in every division.

"We are used to it. We are the biggest game on everyone's schedule," said Salisbury senior Dan Boyer (Mount St. Joseph), who scored a team-high three goals.

Salisbury (11-0), the three-time defending Division III national champion, broke open the 3-3 game at the beginning of the third quarter with a 5-1 run in just over six minutes to take an 8-4 lead.

The Sea Gulls received balanced scoring on offense as five different players scored two or more goals and nine of their 13 goals came on assists. Salisbury outscored Gettysburg 10-4 in the second half.

"We outshot them by six [38-32] and they outscore us by six. When you get a good shot, you have to convert," Gettysburg coach Hank Janczyk said. "I was most disappointed in our shooting today."

One of the reasons for Gettysburg's inability to capitalize on its shots was due to the young and overlooked Salisbury defense. The Sea Gulls defense, anchored by junior defenseman Chris Heier (Fallston), held the Bullets (7-1) in check for the entire game.

"Our defense came of age today," Berkman said. "To hold them to just three goals in the first half was great."

A non-factor in the game was Gettysburg's leading point scorer, Chase Stewart. The senior attackman only mustered eight shots, three on goal, as he had to deal with Heier, who was draped all over him.

"He played against me [twice] last year and it is always a good matchup," Stewart said. "They are the most aggressive team we play all year."

Said Heier: "A lot of people second-guess our defense. We came out and stepped up and played great. I think we calmed a lot of doubters."

Salisbury junior goalie Max Zarchin (11 saves) also turned in a solid performance for the Sea Gulls.

Salisbury scored the game's first two goals, by midfielder Matt Dasinger (Franklin) and Mike Hurley (two goals). Gettysburg answered with two fast-break goals, with the latter coming off the stick of junior Jared Harriman (three goals) to end the first quarter tied at 2.

Gettysburg goalie Pat Vaughan (Loyola Blakefield) finished with six saves in the loss.

The Bullets entered the game as one of the top defensive units in the country allowing just over three goals a game, but it was the Sea Gulls' defense that shone in this battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2.

Goals: Salisbury--Boyer 3, Creighton 2, Rohde 2, Hurley 2, Dasinger 2, Gonzalez, Yoder; Gettysburg--Harriman 3, Pryor 2, Gallant, Renzi. Assists: Salisbury--Creighton 3, Edwards 2, Rohde 2, Berkman, Bishop; Gettysburg--Pryor. Saves: Salisbury--Zarchin 11; Gettysburg--Vaughan 6.

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