Gulls' conference winning streak ends at 105

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April 05, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Perennial power and third-ranked Division III men's lacrosse team Salisbury saw its unbeaten conference record come to an end Saturday night at 105 games.

Top-ranked Stevenson handed the eight-time national champion Sea Gulls their first conference loss in 14 years and second defeat in the past three games. Nicola Bevacqua and Richie Ford each scored four goals to power the visiting Mustangs past the Sea Gulls, 12-8.

Salisbury (11-2, 5-1) lost to Gettysburg, 11-10, on March 28 before beating Mary Washington, 14-5, on Wednesday.

The win placed Stevenson (11-0, 5-0) in first place in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Stevenson led 6-5 at the half before outscoring Salisbury 6-3 in the second half.

Matt Cannone and Mike Winter paced Salisbury with two goals each.

In the first half, the teams traded goals, and neither led by more than two. The Sea Gulls led 4-2 to start the second quarter before Stevenson tied the score with 9:48 left in the quarter. The Mustangs took a 6-5 lead at the half.

Salisbury's Mike Von Kamecke tied the score at 6 with 13:43 left in the third quarter before Stevenson answered with a 5-0 run. Ford scored three of his four goals during the run.

Geoff Hebert made six saves for Stevenson, and Johnny Rodriguez had 13 for the Sea Gulls.

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