(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #2-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team saw its dream season come to an end, as #12-Salisbury upset the Red Devils with a 9-11 decision on Wednesday afternoon. The Red Devils advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for the second time on three seasons, finishing a remarkable run with an 18-1 record.
The Red Devils came alive at the end of the opening quarter to take a 4-1 lead after Tyler Smith put Salisbury on the board first, scoring off an Eric Kluge assist at the 11:38 mark.
Junior Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) scored on a fast break as senior Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) carried the ball into the attack and found him in front of the net, to pull the Devils even with 5:51 to play in the quarter.
Scott returned the favor, feeding classmate Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) at the 2:21 mark. Scott tallied again, just over a minute later with an assist from Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor). That was Cherry's 100th career assist, raising the school career record to triple-digits.
First-year Chris Menard (South Hadley, Mass./South Hadley) ran the score to, 4-1, netting an unassisted goal with 36 seconds on the clock.
The Seagulls turned the table in the second quarter, outscoring the Devils, 4-1, to pull even at halftime. The Devils took a brief lead as long pole defender, Jack O'Connor (New Vernon, N.J./Delbarton) scored off an assist from Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien) at the 13:14 mark of the second quarter. Stephen Norris scored twice in a four-goal run to pull Salisbury even at the break, 5-5.
The Devils regained the lead to start the third quarter as Cannon scored off an assist from Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) at the 9:08 mark.
Rhett DePol pulled Salisbury even again, less than a minute later before Cherry fed Scott for his third goal of the game, with 6:29 to play in the period. Salisbury capitalized on a pair of penalties, and scored four unanswered goals to close out the third quarter.
Greg Korvin started the run, scoring unassisted and fed Eric Kluge on an extra-man opportunity to give the Seagulls an 8-7 advantage. Just moments later the Red Devils were flagged again, with a misconduct penalty, giving Salisbury another man-up opportunity.
Tyler Smith scored on that extra-man to put the Seagulls up, 9-7, and Evan Hammersly stretched the lead to, 10-7, at the end of the third.
The Red Devils struggled to fight their way back into game. Solid defensive play forced a turnover and gave the Devils possession with just over seven minutes to play. The Red Devils were able to capitalize on an interference penalty as Gleason found the net off an assist from Cherry at the 6:43 mark.
The Devils pulled within a goal as senior Nick Leon (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga) ripped the back of the net, on another helper from Cherry, to make the score 10-9, with 5:06 to play.
Salisbury was awarded possession on the ensuing face-off by virtue of a procedure call. They would capitalize once again, netting an insurance goal from DePol with 3:48 remaining in regulation.
Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) won the next face-off and had a good look at the goal, but a solid save by Alex Taylor put the ball in the sticks of the Seagulls. They would hold on for the win, advancing the semifinals on Saturday.
Scott led the Devil attack with three goals and an assist while Cherry handed out four assists to raise his school, career record to 103. Cannon finished with a pair of goals, scoring 48 on the season.
Palladino was solid in the midfield, causing three turnovers and controlling five ground balls, to go with his assist. O'Connor forced a pair of turnovers to go with his goal while Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) and Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's) each controlled four ground balls.
Moore won 13-of-24 face-offs, controlling a game-high 10 ground balls on the day. Senior Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made nine saves, including one of the best of his career, on a point-blank shot by Norris.
Taylor made 14 saves in the nets for Salisbury, adding three ground balls. Brett Baer anchored the Seagull defense with five GBs and three caused turnovers.
The Red Devils captured their third straight Centennial Conference Championship to make a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Championship. They finish with a school record 18-1 mark on the year, going unbeaten in the conference for the second time in school history.