In what has quickly become an annual slugfest, the Salisbury Sea Gulls took down the Stevenson Mustangs in a top 5 NCAA D3 contest last night. The atmosphere was electric, and all in attendance expected a great game. As is often the case in an SU – SU game, there was plenty of laundry thrown by the refs, and the teams combined for 26 minutes of penalties via 29 infractions, with 16 of those belonging to Stevenson.
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Neither of these teams is shy about this game. They each enter loud and proud, and when the whistle blows, the gloves come off almost immediately. Those who see it for the first time often ask themselves if they are watching a D1 game. Even guys who played D1. I’ve heard it with my own ears.
Both teams scored plenty of man up goals, as Stevenson went 4 for 8 on man up chances, and Salisbury went 5 for 13. 8 of the man up situations involved multiple penalties at one time. It was a heated game, to say the least! Salisbury picked up one more GB than Stevenson (39-38), but Stevenson had 7 fewer turnovers (21-14). Salisbury won 4 more face offs, and Alex Taylor made 13 big saves for the Sea Gulls, and he may have been the difference maker, as Stevenson held a 39-32 edge in shots.
Luke Phipps had a big day for Salisbury, scoring 2 goals (on only 3 shots) and assisting on 4 others. Donovan Lange scored a hat trick and added two assists for a big five point night. 3 of the 4 shots he put on goal found the twine. Mike Kane also had a good night shooting, scoring 2 goals on 4 shots. Chris Blank led Salisbury with 7 GBs and went 13-22 at the X.
Stevenson’s Tony Rossi and Chris Dashiell each had three assists, and Colin Dabney and Stephen Banick each had two goals on a combined 6 shots on goal. Brett Hiken had 6 GBs to lead the team, and won 9 of 19 face offs.
Salisbury finishes the regular season with a 16-1 record. Their lone loss was in OT to Christopher Newport, whom they could see again in the CAC playoffs. Stevenson is now 13-2, with regular season games against Messiah and Lycoming this week.