Salisbury State's bid for a fourth Division III national lacrosse championship ended at home yesterday with an 11-6 loss to Denison of Texas in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
This is the first time since 1997 that Salisbury (16-2) has not advanced to the semifinal round.
Jon Staunton scored two of his three goals in the opening quarter as Denison (12-3) jumped to a 4-0 lead and never trailed. Salisbury responded with the first two scores of the second quarter, by Cory O'Neil and Peter Ludlam. But then Kip Hale answered with back-to-back goals for a 6-2 Denison lead.
The Sea Gulls rallied to 6-4 with goals by Chris Lauer and Ryan Shiley in the third quarter, but the Big Red reeled off three straight markers to take command.
Salisbury's Pat Tewes made a season-high 19 saves.
Denison 4 2 1 4 - 11 Salisbury State 0 2 2 2 - 6
Goals: D-Hale 3, Staunton 3, Sullivan, Furber, VanLokeren, Reusch; SS-Bergey 2, O'Neil, Ludlam, Lauer, Shiley. Assists: D-O'Brien, Meyer, Reusch; SS-Breier, Bookhamer, Sedlak. Saves: D-Royer 9; SS-Tewes 19.