Salisbury edges Stevenson in OT in NCAA semifinal

Salisbury 14, Stevenson 13, OT

14-13 victory sends Sea Gulls to title-game faceoff with Tufts

May 23, 2010|By From Sun staff reports

Senior attackman Mike Winter scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Sam Bradman to lift the Salisbury men's lacrosse team to a 14-13 overtime win over visiting Stevenson in an NCAA Division III tournament semifinal Sunday.

Mustangs junior attackman Richie Ford (Towson) had found the net with 1:31 remaining in regulation to send the game into the extra period.

Stevenson (19-2) won the faceoff to start overtime, but senior long-stick midfielder Connor Burgasser forced the ball loose and scooped it up, passing to senior defender Will Poletis (Loyola). Salisbury (21-1) then called a timeout to set up what would turn out to be the winning play.

The ball went to Bradman, who found Winter in front of the net. Winter took the pass and immediately fired a shot, scoring his game-high fourth goal and sending the Sea Gulls to the championship game, in which they'll meet Tufts at noon Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Those are probably two of the best teams in the country," Salisbury coach Jim Berkman said. "We were fortunate to win this last one."

Inclement weather delayed the game for 45 minutes with the Sea Gulls holding an 8-6 lead and 13:32 left in the third quarter. Once play resumed, Bradman scored to push Salisbury's lead to three goals.

The Mustangs answered in a big way, however, scoring three straight times to even the score for the fifth time in the game.

Sophomore attackman Matt Cannone then recorded back-to-back goals, the second coming with 2:16 to play in the third, to give the Sea Gulls an 11-9 edge. Bradman tacked on another goal with 1:58 left in the period.

Stevenson junior midfielder Neal Barthelme (Dulaney) scored a man-up goal to send the game into the fourth quarter with Salisbury ahead 12-10.

Ford and sophomore midfielder Andrew McCrumb (Mount St. Joseph) scored consecutive goals, and Stevenson held the Sea Gulls to a lone goal by from Winter before Ford struck again to force overtime.

Cannone had three goals and three assists for Salisbury, and senior midfielder Mike Von Kamecke added three goals and a pair of assists. Bradman recorded two goals and an assist. Junior goalie Johnny Rodriguez (Mount St. Joseph) made 16 saves for the Sea Gulls.

Ford paced the Mustangs with three goals and an assist, and Barthelme contributed three goals.

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