Top-ranked Salisbury cruised past ninth-ranked Cabrini 17-5 on Wednesday night at Sea Gull Stadium, advancing the Sea Gulls to the NCAA Final Four for the sixth time in the last seven years.
The Sea Gulls (20-1) will host seventh-ranked Denison (18-1) in the semifinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. The other national semifinal will feature second-ranked RIT (19-2) vs. fourth-ranked Wesleyan (Conn.) (20-1). The two semifinal winners will advance to the NCAA Championship on Sunday, May 28 at 5 p.m.
In the process of Wednesday night's win, head coach Jim Berkman earned his 500th victory at Salisbury. Berkman is the first ever NCAA lacrosse coach to record 500 wins at any institution and the only NCAA coach across all divisions and genders to record 500 wins overall.
Carson Kalama (6g), Nathan Blondino (2g, 5a), and Nick Garbarino (2g, 3a) led the SU attack, while the defense held Cabrini to just 15 shots on net all game and cleared on 24 of its 25 attempts. Kyle Tucker had a game-high seven groundballs to go with two caused turnovers, while line mate Will Nowesnick had five groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Between the pipes for Salisbury, Colin Reymann stopped .750 percent of his shots as 10 of the Cabrini shots were turned aside by the senior goaltender.