April 25, 2009

No. 5 Salisbury Survives Wild "War"

from press releases

CHESTERTOWN, Md.  - Kylor Berkman scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal with 4:34 remaining in the game as the fifth-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team overcame a strong second half by host Washington College to post a 12-11 win over the Shoremen in the annual "War on the Shore" for the Charles B. Clark Cup.

The game was played in front of a crowd of 2,511 people as Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium was filled to capacity and hundreds of Washington College fans lined the hill between two dorms outside of the north end of the stadium.

After an early Washington goal, the Sea Gulls (15-3) ran of the straight to take a 3-1 lead on a goal by Mike Von Kamecke off an assist from Stephen Krasco with 8:50 to go in the first quarter. The Shoremen (9-6) cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal off a ground ball by sophomore midfielder Doug Herdegen (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) with 2:33 on the clock, but the Sea Gulls answered with a goal by Mike Winter off a Von Kamecke assist with 39 seconds to go. Washington was able to get that goal right back, however, as senior midfielder Thayer Damm (Huntingdon Valley, PA/LaSalle) fed senior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) with for goal with 34 seconds left in the first.

The Sea Gulls opened up the lead in the second quarter, scoring four out of the five goals in the period. Salisbury opened the period with a three-goal run, finished by a Sam Bradman goal with 3:55 left which made it 7-3. The Shoremen answered with a tally by sophomore attackman Josh Perlow (Owings Mills, MD/Boys Latin) with 2:57 to play in the half, but Will Poletis fed Jake DeLillo for a goal 1:04 before the intermission to give Salisbury an 8-4 halftime lead.

The Shoremen came out on fire to start the second half, scoring four goals in the first 3:38 to knot the game at 8-8. Senior midfielder Matt Moreton (Darnestown, MD/Northwest) opened the run with a goal just 47 seconds into the period. Kielek followed with a goal with 13:37 on the clock, Moreton scored off an assist from senior midfielder Casey O'Connor (Crownsville, MD/Archbishop Spalding) with 12:03 left in the third, and Herdegen finish the spurt with an extra-man goal off a Kielek assist with 11:22 left.

Berkman put the Sea Gulls back in front with a goal off a Bradman assist with 9:20 remaining in the third. Salisbury held that 9-8 lead until Perlow scored with 2:33 to play in the period to tie the score at 9-9. Berkman put Salisbury ahead again with a goal with 28 seconds left in the period, but a Moreton goal off an O'Connor feed with just two seconds on the clock to tie the score at 10-10 through three quarters.

The Shoremen took their first lead since early in the first quarter when Kielek found Perlow for an extra-man goal 1:12 into the fourth quarter. Salisbury responded when Berkman found Erik Krum for a goal with 10:20 to play. The score remained 11-11 until Berkman dodged a defender and fired in his game-winner with 4:34 remaining. Salisbury controlled possession for much of the the time thereafter. The Shoremen's final shot came when Herdegen shot wide with 25 seconds left. Salisbury goalie Johnny Rodriguez fired the ball down field with nine seconds left, where it was caught in the air by WC senior goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan).

Cohen managed the clear the ball back into the Shoremen's offensive end with a couple seconds remaining, but time ran out before Washington could get off another shot.

Berkman led all players with four goals and two assists on the afternoon. Winter added three goals, DeLillo scored two goals and assisted on another, and Bradman had a goal and two assists for the Sea Gulls. Rodriguez made 12 saves for Salisbury.

Moreton, Herdegen, and Perlow each scored three goals for the Shoremen. Moreton also tallied an assist. Kielek finished with two goals and two assists for Washington. Cohen finished with 11 saves.

Statistically, the game was a tale of two halves. Salisbury outshot Washington, 21-14, in the first half, but the Shoremen held a 22-14 edge in shots in the second half. Salisbury won 10 of the 14 first-half face-offs, but the Shoremen were 9-of-12 in the second half. Damm scooped up a game-high 13 ground balls while going 12-of-22 on face-offs in the game for Washington.

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