For the third time in four seasons, the Denver men's lacrosse team is headed to Championship Weekend.
Junior midfielder Erik Adamson had a career-high seven points to lead the fifth-seeded Pioneers past Drexel, 15-6, on Sunday at Delaware Stadium and into an NCAA Division I tournament semifinal matchup with top-seeded Duke at 1p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Adamson finished with six goals and an assist, while senior midfielder Jeremy Noble tied his season high in points (five) and assists (four). No less crucial, though, was the play of Chris Hampton. The sophomore faceoff specialist won a career-high 16 draws, losing only seven, while also grabbing a career-high 11 ground balls.
Denver senior goalkeeper Jamie Faus had eight saves, also a season high, in 30 minutes of action and allowed only three goals.
After a two-goal burst from the Dragons (13-5) to start the game, the Pioneers answered with 12 of the next 13 goals. They entered halftime ahead by seven and took a 12-3 lead early in the third quarter. Denver (16-2) finished with an overall advantage in shots (32-28), ground balls (41-21) and saves (11-9).
Junior midfielder Ben McIntosh led Drexel with two goals and an assist.
Salisbury 11, Franklin & Marshall 6: In a rematch of last year's regional final, the host Sea Gulls again proved superior, securing their third straight NCAA Division III tournament semifinal appearance.
Defending national champion Salisbury (21-1), which defeated the Diplomats (17-6), 8-6, to advance to the final four last season, saw a three-goal halftime lead shrink to one early in the second half. But junior midfielder Bethany Baer (Westminster) and sophomore midfielder Samantha Duranti quickly halted the Franklin & Marshall run.
With two goals less than three minutes apart, the duo sparked a four-goal run that helped put the game away.
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The Sea Gulls will face Amherst (18-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Gettysburg, Pa.