April 19, 2009

Salisbury Tops Stevenson, Reclaims CAC Throne

from press release

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Salisbury scored the game's first six goals while holding the nation's ninth-best scoring offense without a goal in the first half as the 10th-ranked Sea Gulls won their 15th-straight CAC men's lacrosse championship with a 13-5 victory over No. 1 Stevenson Sunday at the Caves Athletics Complex.

Salisbury (14-3), who outscored the Mustangs 9-2 through three quarters, won despite having to play back-to-back road games in the conference tournament for the first time since joining the CAC in 1995.

Jake DeLillo had four goals and one assist while scoring the first three of the game for the third-seeded Sea Gulls. Matt Cannone finished with three goals and Kylor Berkman added three assists.

The loss snaps a 15-game win streak for the Mustangs (14-1), including 12 consecutive at home.

Stevenson's five goals were the fewest the team has scored since a 10-5 loss at No. 8 Washington (Md.) on March 21, 2007, a span of 42 games.

Junior Nic Bevacqua (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had one goal and one assist while sophomore Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winter Hills) had two assists.

The 13 goals surrendered by the Mustangs were a season-high and the most since last year's CAC championship game at Salisbury when the dropped a 20-10 decision.

After Bevacqua got Stevenson on the board with 9:11 remaining in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 6-1, DeLillo answered with his fourth goal of the game just 13 seconds later to swing the momentum back in the Sea Gulls' favor as Cannone added his second at 6:33.

Junior Geoff Hebert (Lutherville/Dulaney) made 10 saves for the Mustangs. His counterpart, Johnny Rodriguez, had 11 saves for Salisbury, including five in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the two-time defending national champion Sea Gulls earn the CAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship while Stevenson will have to wait until the championship selection show on May 3 for its first-ever NCAA championship appearance.

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