Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/29/11
Led by senior All-American defenseman Nick Mooney (Interboro), junior attackman Kyle Quist (Central Bucks East) and several other Philly grads, the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team will look to avenge a loss to Tufts in last year’s NCAA Division III national championship game tonight when the Sea Gulls face the Jumbos at 7 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Mooney, named an Honorable Mention All-American several days ago, excelled with three caused turnovers and two groundballs last week as the top-ranked and eight-time Sea Gulls (20-1) routed visiting Roanoke College, 16-7, in the semifinals last week.
Quist had two goals and an assist in the win as Salisbury bolted to an 11-2 halftime lead. Junior defenseman Chad Surman (Southern Lehigh) added two groundballs and reserve goaltender Tim Swinburn (Strath Haven) played the final 1:04.
Mooney has 33 groundballs and 30 caused turnovers this year. Surman has started every game and has 23 groundballs. Quist is sixth on the team in goals with 15 while Swinburn has played in 13 games. Also, freshman attackman Chris Brady (Neshaminy) has a goal and two assists in 10 games sophomore defenseman Bryan Dacey (Central Bucks West) has played in nine games and junior defenseman Jeff Hoffman (Perkiomen Valley) has played in one game for the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury fell to Tufts in the finals, 9-6, last year. The Sea Gulls will be competing in their 13th overall NCAA Division III national championship game.
Tufts (18-2) features freshman midfielder Peter Bowers (Conestoga), who has three goals in 13 games this year.