Salisbury University’s showcased an exceptional display of dominance as they claimed the Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse National Championship title with a resounding victory over Tufts University. From the opening whistle, Salisbury dictated the pace of the game, leaving Tufts struggling to keep up. The contest can be dissected into four distinct quarters, each contributing to the narrative of Salisbury’s triumph.
First Quarter (Salisbury 6 – Tufts 0)
Salisbury wasted no time asserting their authority, winning the opening draw and capitalizing on their early possession. Brice Bromwell kick-started their offensive onslaught, receiving a pinpoint pass from Jack Dowd to net the game’s first goal. Dowd then found the back of the net himself, courtesy of Isaac Thrasher’s assist, showcasing Salisbury’s cohesive teamwork.
As the quarter progressed, Salisbury continued to outshine their opponent. Luke Nestor added an unassisted goal to the tally, followed by Jude Brown’s powerful strike. John DeFazio, assisted by Blake Malamphy, further extended Salisbury’s lead, leaving Tufts in a desperate position. A timeout for Tufts only momentarily halted Salisbury’s momentum as Bromwell swiftly scored an unassisted goal. The first quarter concluded with Salisbury comfortably ahead, leading 6-0.
Second Quarter (Salisbury 10 – Tufts 4)
Tufts sought redemption in the second quarter, showing resilience and determination. Charlie Tagliaferri and Kurt Bruun notched back-to-back goals for Tufts, momentarily halting Salisbury’s onslaught. However, Salisbury’s offensive prowess proved too much for Tufts to handle. Jude Brown responded with a goal of his own, while Nestor and Bromwell added to their personal tallies.
Salisbury’s Charlie White, aided by Cross Ferrara’s assist, kept the pressure on Tufts. Bruun’s second goal of the game just before the halftime buzzer gave Tufts a glimmer of hope as they entered the locker room trailing 10-4. Despite Tufts’ brief resurgence, Salisbury’s dominance remained evident.
Third Quarter (Salisbury 12 – Tufts 9)
The third quarter witnessed a determined Tufts squad mounting a spirited comeback. A period of scoring drought from both teams was eventually broken by Ben Frisoli, with an assist from Joey Waldbaum, giving Tufts a much-needed boost. Jack Boyden then capitalized on Kurt Bruun’s pass, further reducing the deficit.
Tufts continued their resurgence, with Bruun and Mason Kohn finding the back of the net. Salisbury’s Cross Ferrara temporarily halted Tufts’ momentum, but Tagliaferri and Bruun responded with goals of their own, narrowing the gap to just two goals. However, a crucial man-up goal by Salisbury’s Jude Brown, assisted by Dowd, halted Tufts’ charge, leaving the scoreline at 12-9 in Salisbury’s favor heading into the final quarter.
Fourth Quarter (Salisbury 17 – Tufts 12)
Salisbury entered the fourth quarter determined to seal their championship victory. Nestor and Bromwell demonstrated their offensive prowess with unassisted goals, extending the lead to five goals. Tufts’ Bruun capitalized on a man-up opportunity, assisted by Tagliaferri, reducing the deficit momentarily.
Salisbury, however, swiftly regained control. Ferrara, aided by Riley Strub, added to his goal tally and then followed it up with an unassisted strike. Tufts fought valiantly, with Cam Delcristo and Jack Regnery finding the back of the net, but it was not enough to overcome Salisbury’s lead. Dowd’s goal sealed the deal for Salisbury, securing their victory.
Despite Tufts’ impressive resurgence in the second half, Salisbury’s dominant lacrosse performance from start to finish ultimately prevailed. The final scoreline of 17-12 crowned Salisbury University as the Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse National Champions.
Brice Bromwell- 4G
Cross Ferrara- 3G, 1A
Jude Brown- 3G
Luke Nestor- 3G
Kurt Bruun- 5G, 1A
Charlie Tagliaferri- 2G, 1A
Jack Boyden-1G, 2A