No. 12 Salisbury Routs Susquehanna in NCAA First Round

SALISBURY, Md. No. 12 Salisbury advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division III tournament on Wednesday afternoon with its 22-2 victory over Susquehanna at Sea Gull Stadium in first-round action.

The Sea Gulls started and ended the game strongly, with eight goals in the first and fourth quarters; they were led by attackmen, freshman Brady Dashiell and sophomore Jesse Rabishaw, who both scored four goals. Both players registered one assist to total five points each, while senior midfielder Eric Kluge led the Gulls with five assists.

Junior midfielder Tyler Smith gave the Sea Gulls the quick lead at the 13:08 mark in the first quarter, taking a pass from Kluge on the left wing and ripping a shot into the back of the net. Smith's goal began an 11-goal run to start the game which included three goals from Dashiell and two from Rabishaw.

Dashiell increased the Sea Gull lead to 2-0 in transition, taking a pass from junior midfielder Tim Stone and shooting into the left side of the cage.

With a 6-0 lead, Rabishaw scored two goals in the final 22 seconds of the first quarter, first taking a pass from Kluge and beating the keeper on the crease, before junior attackman Rhett DePol found him alone in front of the keeper for a one-on-one score.

Stone netted his first goal of the season to start the second quarter, followed by back-to-back scores by Dashiell, before the Crusader's John Kerrigan would net Susquehanna's first with 1:19 left in the first half.

At the half, Salisbury led, 12-1, while leading in shots, 24-8, ground balls, 30-19, and faceoffs won, 8 of 13.

The third quarter featured scores from Smith and DePol, while Kerrigan scored again for the Crusaders, before Salisbury put its foot on the gas pedal in the final period to cap the win.

The eight-goal fourth started with another Smith score less than one minute into the quarter, and Rabishaw and sophomore midfielder Mike Kane both scored two in the period.

Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor played 54:35 in the win, while making seven saves.

With the victory, Salisbury moves on to play the winner of a first-round game between Washington and Lee University and Sewanee: The University of the South on Saturday; the time and place of the game are to be announced.

2013-05-08



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