Stunner: St. Mary's Topples Salisbury for CAC Title
from press release
SALISBURY, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team pulls the upset Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium as the third-seeded Seahawks down top-seeded, and two-time defending CAC champion, Salisbury, 13-11, in the championship game of the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament for just their third league title ever. St. Mary's used a 7-3 outburst in the fourth quarter to come-from-behind for the victory.
It was all St. Mary's in the fourth as the Seahawks erased a 10-8 deficit by closing out the game on a 5-1 run in the game's final 11 minutes. Senior Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) notched his second of the day at 8:56 before first-year Conor Jordan (Rockville, Md./Rockville) knotted up the contest at 10-all at 6:48. Jordan broke through again just 46 seconds later to give St. Mary's its first lead since the 13:26-mark of the second period.
Sophomore Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) then stretched the Seahawks' lead to 12-10 at 2:31 before junior Greg Korvin (Odenton, Md./Arundel) kept Salisbury in it with a tally just 20 seconds later. Sophomore Will Lerch (Lothian, Md./Calverton) netted an insurance goal with 56 ticks left on the clock as Lerch recorded his third man-up goal of the year.
St. Mary's (12-6) clinches the conference's automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. The Seahawks will be making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament when the bracket is announced tonight at 10:00 pm on www.ncaa.com. Salisbury (14-5), the two-time defending national champion, will hope to receive an at-large bid.
Only three schools have won the 21 CAC crowns since the first title in 1993 was contested. The Seahawks previously captured league titles in 1993 and 1994 – the first two in conference history – plus today's while Salisbury won 17 overall, including 15 in a row from 1995 to 2009, and former CAC member, Stevenson University, garnered top honors in 2010.
Tarrant led the Seahawks to victory with four goals and one helper while Lerch added three points on two goals and an assist. Senior Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) won 14-of-26 face-offs and scooped up a game-high 10 loose balls while senior Scott Marsh (Crofton, Md./South River) improved to 10-2 as a starter with a season-best 15 saves.
St. Mary's opened up the game with two man-up goals in 30 seconds for a 2-0 lead at 9:18. The game headed into the second quarter tied at 2-2 as junior Rhett DePol (Chester, Md./St. Mary's) helped Salisbury score twice in a 3:30 span.
Salisbury powered its way to a 7-4 halftime advantage with a 5-2 run in the second period. The Seahawks first went up 4-2 at 13:26 behind a pair of goals by junior Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School) and Tarrant. The Sea Gulls responded just 10 seconds later as DePol found the back of the net for the second time today, sparking a 5-0 run for his team.
DePol and senior Eric Kluge (North East, Md./North East) provided the offensive muscle for Salisbury as DePol picked up five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and Kluge tallied a hat trick and one assist. Junior Alex Taylor (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) turned away just six shots as the Seahawks avenged their 15-4 loss to Salisbury from April 13.
Junior captain Gordy Long (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's) put an end to Salisbury's 5-0 run with his 19th goal of the season at 14:03 of the third stanza. The Seahawks remained within 7-5 for almost the next 10 minutes until Love struck with his second of the day at 4:46 to cut the lead in half. DePol returned a two-goal cushion to the Sea Gulls with just one second left in the quarter.