Salisbury is back on top of Division III men’s lacrosse.
The Sea Gulls ended Tufts‘ hopes for a three-peat with a dramatic 14-13 win over the Jumbos on Sunday afternoon in the DIII national title game at Lincoln Financial Field.
Salisbury goalie Colin Reymann denied a John Uppgren shot in the waning moments after the Jumbos went on a 9-2 run to give themselves a chance to tie the game on their final possession. Salisbury earlier went on a 8-0 spurt bridging halftime to take a 12-4 lead with 9:12 left in the third quarter.
The national championship is Salisbury’s 11th in program history and first since 2012. Tufts, which finishes 20-3, was looking to become the first team to win three straight titles since the Salisbury did it from 2003-05.
Reymann was named championshp game MVP after finishing with 15 saves. Midfielder James Burton posted five points and finished with a hat trick, including a key goal from the right alley with 6:06 left in the fourth quarter and a shot clock on that gave Salisbury (23-1) a two-goal lead.
Nick Garbarino also scored three goals and had two assists for the Gulls, and Thomas Cirillo and Nathan Blondino notched four points each.
Uppgren scored four goals and had one assist for Tufts, which outshot Salisbury 50-31, won the ground ball battle 48-35 and owned a 21-9 advantage on faceoffs.