Game 3 Summary

By Christopher Lawlor

WASHINGTON – Any notion of a late comeback in the second half were quickly squashed. Understand Salisbury (Conn.) School plays in Western New England Division I, facing one of the most grueling stretches on schoolboy prep lacrosse in America.

Sure the Crimson Knights had a few hiccups on Sunday but they never buckled even when St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) brushed aside a shaky start to draw within a goal by the break.

The Crimson Knights showed their worth and ability to keep cool when the momentum was leaning in the other direction. Salisbury went in a 5-1 run to end the game and SSSA’s season following an 12-5 victory in the first round of the GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals at Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium.

Second-seeded Salisbury (15-1)_ moves on to play Bullis School (Potomac, Md.) or Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas) in Monday’s other semifinal at 9 p.m. (ESPNU). The opening semifinal is top-seeded Culver (Ind.) Military Academy versus defending champion s Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada).

Teioshontathe McComber pumped in three goals and junior goalie Will Mark made 11 saves for the Salisbury (15-1).

The Crimson Knights generated five goals on 13 shots in the fourth quarter and were 38-26 for the match. SSSA led in ground balls, 21-16, but won only 9 of 19 draws. Salisbury went two of three on man-ups.

After three quarters, the Crimson Knights had collected their thoughts at halftime and made the proper adjustments to lead by three goals at 7-4. John Lombardi scored twice for Salisbury before Jackson Reynolds added SSSA’s fourth at 2:33 to go along with his two assists.

Salisbury could have broken the game wide in the first quarter but the Saints did not back down despite trailing by three after nearly nine minutes.

It took less than three minutes for the Crimson Knights to hit the target when Tate Cattoni, a Johns Hopkins signee, pegged the back of the net. At 7:02, McComber, who is off to Albany, doubled the lead. Amos Gilbury added Salisbury’s third goal with 3:18 left.

Junior Nick Dupuis dropped in a slick over-the-shoulder shot from close range just over a minute later and the score stay 3-1 after one.

Salisbury was up 4-2 midway through the second when SSSA pulled within a goal on Luke Fisher’s nifty spin move near the cage. In the final minutes of the half, senior Jeffrey Kedda (13 saves) was brilliant making three saves, including two from point-blank range to deny the Saints and keep it 4-3 at the intermission.

SSSA kept the game close in the second and but halftime led three key statistical categories: ground balls (16-9), faceoffs won (6 of 8) and clearances (7 of 8). Salisbury outshot SSSA 17-14, but dipped in the second down 8-6.s

In the second, Austin Stewart connected on the man-up from Jack Reynolds at 8:25 cancelling out Salisbury’s Cattoni, who netted his second goal at nine minutes.

For the Saints (15-9), who lost in the Virginia State Independent School final last weekend, Wiley Miller had a goal and three assists for four points and Demetri Nicolaidis scored a ha trick and Cameron Sweet sank two goals.