St. Mary's records one for history
To say that the Seahawks’ 11-10 victory over eight-time reigning Division III national champion Salisbury was big is a bit of an understatement.
St. Mary’s had not beaten the Sea Gulls since April 5, 1977. Prior to Friday’s outcome, Salisbury had won 37 consecutive meetings with its Capital Athletic Conference foe.
On a more real-time level, the win gave the Seahawks (7-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference) the No. 2 seed in the CAC Tournament and a first-round bye into Thursday’s semifinal matchup between the winner of No. 3 seed Salisbury (11-3, 5-2) and No. 6 seed Mary Washington (8-6, 2-5).
"Obviously, it’s a big win for the program," St. Mary’s coach Chris Hasbrouck said earlier on Monday. "The implications are we got a bye today, and that’s a huge thing. We can now really focus on getting an extra day’s rest. From that standpoint, it was a very, very big win."
The Seahawks were paced by a four-goal performance from sophomore attackman Dennis Rosson (Severn), a three-goal effort from junior midfielder Ryan Alexander (Pallotti) and a two-goal showing from sophomore midfielder Chris Becraft, who scored the game-winning tally with 0.2 seconds left in the game.
But Hasbrouck singled out sophomore goalkeeper and Broadneck graduate Pat Simpson’s 15 saves and senior face-off specialist and Boys’ Latin graduate Marc DiPasquale’s 13 of 24 wins, including 11 of 14 in the first half.
"I think one of the big differences was Pat Simpson in the goal," Hasbrouck said. "He’s been playing extremely well. … His play might have been one of the single biggest things. DiPasquale at the face-off ‘X’ was also huge. The possessions were gigantic. Salisbury couldn’t go on one of those patented 4- or 5-goal runs that they’re very well known for, and a lot of that had to do with Mark just battling at the ‘X’ and winning some huge face-offs. Those two things gave us the chance to win the game."