Del Rosario Makes A Career High 26 Saves
CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Zach Pompea scored with 1:59 left in double overtime to lift top-ranked Salisbury to a 15-14 win over host Washington College in the "War on the Shore" men's lacrosse game for the Charles B. Clark Cup played today on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Sea Gulls outscored the Shoremen 8-2 in the fourth quarter as Washington had built a 12-6 lead after three quarters.
#1 Salisbury 15, Washington College 14 (2 OT)
How It Happened
- Pompea gave Salisbury an early 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal 3:48 into the contest before Cooper Sloan evened the game at 1-1 with an unassisted goal of his own.
- The Sea Gulls took a 3-1 lead on two straight goals from Pierre Armstrong and Tyler Snyder, both of which were assisted by Corey Gwin, with 4:36 left in the opening quarter. Trey Ritter would cap the opening quarter scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:14 to play to cut the lead to 3-2 after the first.
- Salisbury opened the second quarter with two straight goals to grab a 5-2 lead with 12:45 to go on an unassisted goal from Cross Ferrara. Casey Grieves responded for the Shoremen by scoring off a Nick Boyles assist with 9:53 to go in the quarter to set the score at 5-3. Jackson Woodward scored for the Sea Gulls 18 seconds later, knocking a loose ball into the goal to put Salisbury ahead 6-3.
- Washington would close the half strong, as an unassisted goal from Ritter cut the lead to 6-4 and two straight goals from Grieves tied the game at 6-6 with 2:30 to go in the quarter and that would be the halftime score.
- The Shoremen dominated the third quarter, scoring all six goals during the frame. Sloan started the third with a goal just 1:15 in to give the Shoremen their first lead of the day at 7-6. Ritter would then score two straight, with Sloan and Kevin Trapp grabbing assists to give Washington a 9-6 lead with 11:16 to go in the third. Sloan extended the lead to 10-6 with an unassisted goal with 9:37 to go. Trapp would then score off a Grieves assist with 2:49 to play and Sloan would follow by scoring off an assist from Boyles with 1:52 left as the Shoremen built a 12-6 lead after three quarters of play. The 6-0 quarter for the Shoremen came despite the fact that Salisbury went 6-for-7 on face-offs in the quarter.
- Salisbury began their comeback early in the fourth, as Armstrong stopped the 9-0 Shoremen run and Gwin followed with a goal as the Sea Gulls cut the lead to 12-8 in the first 56 seconds of the quarter.
- Trapp would score off a Boyles assist with 13:25 to play to push the Shoremen lead to five goals at 13-8.
- Salisbury then ran off the next five goals to tie the game at 13-13. Ferrara started the run by scoring off a Gwin assist, and Josh Melton put the Sea Gulls in double figures off an assist from Pompea with 11:47 to go to make it a 13-10 game. Pompea sliced the lead to 13-11 off an assist from Gwin with 9:59 to go, and Gwin followed by scoring off a Melton assist just 52 seconds later to cut the lead to one at 13-12. Melton capped the run with an unassisted goal with 5:18 to go to tie the game at 13-13.
- A shot by Gwin was saved by Shoremen goalkeeper Chris Del Rosario with 2:36 to go, and Sloan gave the Shoremen the lead back with 1:28 to go, scoring off an assist from Boyles to put Washington ahead 14-13.
- The Shoremen would win the next face-off and call timeout, but turned the ball over shortly thereafter. Salisbury would then turn the ball over themselves, but the Shoremen could not run out the clock as they gave the ball back with around 30 seconds to go. Following a Sea Gulls timeout with 13 seconds to play, Pompea tied the game with just 2.9 seconds to go, scoring on his opposite hand off an assist from Snyder to send the game to overtime tied 14-14.
- Salisbury won the initial face-off of overtime and called timeout, but a shot was saved by Del Rosario with 3:26 to go. The Shoremen successfully cleared the ball and called timeout themselves. A shot from Ritter missed wide and a shot from Trapp whistled high and missed before Grieves had a shot saved with 2:35 to go. Salisbury successfully cleared the ball and fired off four shots on the next possession, but none of them were on target and the possession eventually ended with a clock violation. Washington would then turn the ball over and give the Sea Gulls one last chance, and Ferrara put a shot on goal with two seconds to go, but it was saved by Del Rosario as the game went on to double overtime.
- The Sea Gulls would again win the opening face-off of double overtime, and Ferrara again had a chance to win the game, but his shot was saved by Del Rosario with 2:55 to go and the Shoremen got the loose ball. Washington, however, failed to get the ball across midfield ahead of the 20 second call, and a Shoremen defender had to throw the ball down the field to try and beat the clock call, which resulted in a turnover with 2:29 to go. Following a Salisbury timeout, Pompea took a pass from Snyder and beat Del Rosario for the game winning goal with 1:59 to go to help Salisbury avoid the upset bid.
For the Shoremen (6-7)
- Scorers: Sloan (5 goals, 1 assist), Ritter (4 goals), Trapp (2 goals, 2 assists), Boyles (4 assists), Grieves (3 goals, 1 assist).
- Goalie: Del Rosario (career high 26 saves, 15 goals allowed, 66:01).
- Charlie Walker scooped up a team leading five ground balls, while Kyle Gittelman caused a pair of turnovers.
- Washington went 22-for-27 on their clear attempts and 0-for-2 with the extra-man.
For #1 Salisbury (14-0)
- Scorers: Pompea (4 goals, 3 assists), Gwin (2 goals, 4 assists), Melton (3 goals, 1 assist), Ferrara (2 goals), Snyder (1 goal, 3 assists), Armstrong (2 goals), Woodward (1 goal).
- Goalie: Brandon Warren (win, 11 saves, 11 goals allowed, 56:37), T.J. Ellis (0 saves, 3 goals allowed, 9:24).
- Brett Malamphy went 23-for-34 on face-offs and scooped up a game high 15 ground balls.
- Salisbury outshot Washington 63-39, held a 45-27 advantage in ground balls, and turned the ball over 12 times while forcing 16 Shoremen turnovers.
- The Sea Gulls were 15-for-16 clearing the ball and went 0-for-1 on their extra-man opportunities, the first game this season in which they did not score an extra-man goal.
- Del Rosario was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player Of The Game on the webcast of the game for the third time in his career. His previous career best in saves was 22, a feat he achieved twice this season.
- Today marked the first time in the 53 meetings between Salisbury and Washington College to go to double overtime.
- This is also the first time in the history of the series in which two straight meetings have gone to overtime, following the Sea Gulls' 7-6 win last year.
- Boyles has a career best 16 assists this season, 10 of which have come in the last three games.
Up Next for the Shoremen
4/20 v. #15 Franklin & Marshall - 12:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)