Philadelphia, PA – The streak continues. Every Salisbury Mens Lacrosse senior class since 1994 has won a national championship. Time was running out for the class of ’16. They made the title game in 2014 only to lose to Tufts. In their final chance for a championship, the Sea Gulls made this trip to the finals count. Salisbury’s 14-13 in over Tufts means the NCAA Division III title is heading back to the Shore.
At one point, it appeared Salisbury would cruise to their 11th National Championship. Carson Kalama’s goal with 9:12 left in the third, gave the Sea Gulls a 12-4 lead. Then Tufts made a furious run outscoring Salisbury 9-2. Tufts’ Zach Richman’s goal with 3:04 remaining in the fourth trimmed Salisbury’s lead to 14-13. After that, the Sea Gulls defense and goalie Colin Reymann denied Tufts’ of a potential game tying tally.
Salisbury was outshot 50-31 and lost 21 of 29 faceoffs. Despite those discrepancies Salisbury was able to go on an 8-0 run during the second and third periods. Nick Garbarino and James Burton each had three goals. Nathan Blondino’s goal just prior to halftime was his 100th point of the season.