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On This Day In History | 2007

May 27, 2015
Titus celebrates a goal during the 2007 title game

Titus celebrates a goal during the 2007 title game

On this day 8 years ago, Greg Titus ’03 scored a hat trick to help lead Salisbury University to its seventh men’s lacrosse National Championship in a 15-9 victory over Cortland.

The Sea Gulls were eager to avenge the previous season’s overtime loss to Cortland in the National Title game, but the Red Dragons seized control early on, taking a 4-1 edge in the first quarter. Salisbury showed their mettle with a six-goal run, one of which coming from Titus who pushed the lead to 6-4 with 8:30 left in the second quarter. The Dragons finally ended the scoring run with two goals of their own to close within 7-6 heading into halftime.

Cortland knotted the game at 7 on their first possession of the second half, but Titus’ second score of the game gave the Gulls the lead back on the ensuing possession. The junior attackman made it a hat trick when he caught a feed, despite being heavily guarded, and buried a shot with 9:57 left in the third quarter to give Salisbury an 11-7 advantage.

The Gulls would outscore Cortland 6-2 in a third quarter that put the game out of reach for the Dragons. With the win Salisbury finished the year undefeated at 23-0 and Titus earned his third National Championship to go along with wins in 2004 and 2005.

Titus would finish the 2007 season as one of the Nation’s most potent offensive weapons. He led the nation with 76 goals and was 5th in points (91) as part of the most lethal attack unit in America that registered 286 points. He recorded 16 hat tricks including a 7 goal, 2 assist effort vs. Mary Washington. After his sensational season he was distinguished as an Honorable Mention All-American.

One year later he would earn a fourth National Championship and achieve the incredible feat of finishing his collegiate career undefeated at 85-0.

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Salisbury

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