Salisbury takes `War on Shore'

Salisbury 13 Washington College 7

April 30, 2006|By MATT PAPUCHIS | MATT PAPUCHIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Salisbury sophomore Brett Yoder didn't play in last year's one-goal victory over Washington College in the annual Charles B. Clark Cup. In fact, it was the only game he didn't appear in all season. So he decided to make up for it last night.

Yoder scored his 10th goal of the season less than five minutes into the game then added his 11th just minutes later to help propel Salisbury to a 13-7 win at M&T Bank Stadium in the schools' 37th men's lacrosse meeting.

It was Salisbury's fifth straight win over Washington College (12-3) and its 66th straight win overall.

Yoder helped the Sea Gulls (17-0), who scored eight times in the first half, three from Yoder, surpassing his 2005 total. Senior Dan Boyer, who leads Salisbury with 59 goals, also scored two of his four in the first half, and Jimmy Creighton also had two of his three goals in the first, giving Salisbury an 8-2 halftime lead.

"This is the reason I came to Salisbury - to play in the `War on the Shore,' " Yoder said. "This experience is unbelievable and I'm just taking in every minute of it. The guys in the past showed us the way, and we're just trying to keep it going."

Washington College struggled to get any offense going in the first half, scoring its second goal with four seconds left in the half, but it came out in the second half renewed. After Boyer scored his third goal of the game with 9:57 left in the third to give Salisbury a 9-2 lead, the Shoremen outscored the Sea Gulls 4-1 during the next nine minutes, allowing them to stay in the game, 10-6. But Creighton added his third goal with 31 seconds left to give the Sea Gulls a five-goal lead heading into the final quarter.

Andrew Ostrusky scored his second goal in the opening minutes of the final quarter for Washington College, cutting the lead to four. Boyer scored his fourth goal with 10:01 left, and a late goal by Eric Bishop sealed it. On the other end, after allowing five goals in a 10-minute span in the second half, Max Zarchin came up with several big saves late.

"I thought our defense played outstanding," Salisbury coach Jim Berkman said. "They made us pay for a couple mistakes [in the third quarter], then we settled down a little bit and we held them."

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