Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/20/16
From Press Release
The Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse team will seek its fourth NCAA Division III championship game appearance in program history when it visits third-ranked Salisbury University in the tournament semifinals on Sunday at Sea Gull Stadium.
The fifth-ranked Bullets (17-2) and the Sea Gulls (21-1) will face off at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the NCAA final on May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Eighth-ranked St. Lawrence University and fourth-ranked Tufts University also meet on Sunday in the other semifinal.
If the Bullets reach Philly, it will be a homecoming for goalie Jake Adoni (Germantown Academy), LSM Chris Verdeur (Shipley School) and defenseman Bill McAvoy (Episcopal Academy).
The game will feature the two all-time winningest coaches in NCAA men’s lacrosse (all divisions) history. Salisbury’s Jim Berkman enters the game with an NCAA-record 487 wins while Gettysburg’s Hank Janczyk is second with 423 victories.
Gettysburg’s path to the semifinals has lacked nothing in drama. After an 8-7 first-round win over Lynchburg College, the Bullets earned an 11-10 overtime victory over No. 15 Cabrini College in the second round before edging No. 7 York (Pa.) College 7-6, also in overtime, in the quarterfinals. Gettysburg is the first team in NCAA Division III tournament history to win three-straight one-goal games, and is just the third team to win back-to-back overtime games.
Versus York, senior midfielder Mike Distler scored the game-winning goal 36 seconds into overtime and finished with two goals and two assists. Freshman Tommy Heller posted two goals and one assist while senior Adoni had nine saves and freshman LSM Verdeur had six groundballs and one caused turnover.
Gettysburg enters the game riding a 15-game winning streak – the second-longest in program history behind only a 20-gamer put together by last year’s team. The Centennial Conference champions, the Bullets boast the fourth-ranked defense in Division III, yielding just 5.89 goals per game. The Bullets have not allowed more than 10 goals all season, and they have not let in over 11 goals since the 2014 season finale, stretching back 40 games.
Adoni has started the last eight games in goal for the Bullets, posting a 5.28 goals-against average and a .647 save percentage.
The back row has been led by the trio of senior Geoff Davis, senior McAvoy (Episcopal Academy), and sophomore Cullen Minion. Davis ranks second on the team in ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (30) while McAvoy (32-18) and Minion (30-16) are second and third, respectively. Palladino leads the Bullets in both categories (82-39), and he is joined in the defensive midfield by sophomore Sam Runkel and freshman Ryan Kelly.
The Sea Gulls enter the game with the fifth-ranked offense in Division III, averaging 16.50 goals per game. Kalama leads the team with 57 goals for the season while Cirillo, the CAC Player of the Year, has totaled 52 goals and 28 assists. Junior attackman Nathan Blondino has added 48 goals and a team-leading 44 assists.
Salisbury is also seventh among the national leaders in scoring defense, limiting their opponents to 6.50 goals per game. Reymann has seen the most action in goal and is 11-1 with a 5.92 goals-against average and a .590 save percentage. Sophomore Joshua Dean has also played significant minutes and is 8-0 with a 6.23 GAA and a .520 save percentage. Junior LSM Andrew Ternahan leads the Sea Gulls with 94 ground balls and is second with 46 caused turnovers while sophomore defenseman Kyle Tucker has posted a team-leading 47 caused turnovers. On face-offs, junior Duncan Campbell has won 61.9 percent of his trips to the X.