The Salisbury lacrosse team’s first appearance on the national stage ended in disappointment on Tuesday night, as the #2-seeded Knights fell to #4-seeded Hill Academy of Ontario, Canada, 15-12, in the Championship Game of the GEICO National High School Lacrosse Tournament, hosted by Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The win gives The Pride back-to-back titles. Hill’s Josh Zawanda topped his four-goal contribution in last year’s Championship Game with seven goals against the Knights. The Syracuse-bound attackman earned Tournament MVP honors for his dominant performance.
The win had a tinge of bittersweetness for Hill’s head coach Brodie Merrill, a 2001 graduate of Salisbury and a leading candidate in any discussion of the Knights’ “greatest-of-all-time” on the lacrosse field. One of the players who might one day challenge Merrill for that distinction is Matt Gaudet ’16, who added a laurel to his own growing wreath with four goals in the NCAA Division I Championship Game on Monday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where the sophomore attackman led #3-seeded Yale to a 13-11 win over #4-seeded Duke. The championship is the first in the 50-year history of the Bulldogs’ lacrosse program.
The Salisbury community joins in congratulating the lacrosse team along with head coach Bobby Wynne and his staff not only for an exciting season of lacrosse but also for representing Salisbury School with honor throughout the spring and during their three nights in the national spotlight. To the varsity lacrosse team: That’s a Knight.