May 14, 2014

No. 2 Salisbury ends Denison's run

Denison's record-breaking season came to a close in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament as second-ranked Salisbury wore down the previously unbeaten Big Red for a 15-5 win from Sea Gull Stadium.

The Big Red entered the game riding a 19-game winning streak, having already set single season high's for goals, assists, and shot attempts.  In the opening minute of play it looked like it might be business as usual.  After a faceoff win, Blair Farinholt scored the first goal 1:05 into the contest and Denison had a 1-0 lead.

Over the next 29 minutes Salisbury would score seven unanswered goals, and the aggressive man-to-man pressure of the Sea Gulls would force DU into nine first half turnovers. 

Trailing 8-1 early in the second half, the Big Red showed some signs of life, scoring the first two goals of the third quarter as Chapin Speidel and James Meager scored a pair of goals within a two minute span, cutting the deficit to 8-3.

Over the next four minutes DU battled, taking a number of shots and even burning a Salisbury EMO. However, after a Big Red turnover, Salisbury's Sean Fitzgerald scored, halting the Denison's momentum.  The Sea Gulls would follow with four-straight goals, closing out the third quarter on another run.

In the fourth, Denison would get tallies from Luke Walsh and a second score from Speidel, setting the final at 15-5.  Walsh ends the season with a Denison freshman record, 51 goals scored.  Speidel leaves Denison with 84 goals and 52 assists and is ranked 26th on the school's career points list.

Three Salisbury players scored three goals apiece as Luke Phipps, Greg Korvin, and Mike Kane led the way offensively.  Chris Biank won nine draws and finished with five ground balls.

Denison got two goals from Speidel, and one goal apiece from Farinholt, Meager, and Walsh.  Eddie Vita tallied DU's lone assist.  Eric Baumgardner won 14-of-23 draws and finished with a game-high 12 ground balls. His 139 ground balls this season was the second highest single-season total in Big Red lacrosse history.  Clark Bullington ended with six saves in the cage in 55 minutes played.

Salisbury will advance to the NCAA Division III semifinals where they will face rival Washington College on Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium.