Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team ranked No. 2

The Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team is ranked No. 2 by both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches’ poll and the Laxmagazine.com rankings, announced by the organizations on Monday.

Last week the Sea Gulls (9-0) picked up two wins. Their first win came over in-state rival, Washington (Md.) College, taking down the Shoremen, 14-2. Next the Gulls played the University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference play and won, 9-4.

In the USILA poll, Salisbury is at No. 2 with 359 points and one of the 19 first-place votes. Remaining in the top spot is Tufts University with 379 points and picking up the other 18 first-place votes. The other teams in the top five are Rochester Institute of Technology, with 345 points, and York College of Pennsylvania with 292 points, while Amherst College rounds out the top five with 272 points.

In the Laxmagzine.com rankings, Salisbury stays put at No. 2 following its 2-0 week. Atop the poll is Tufts; following Salisbury at No. 2 to round out the top five is RIT, St. Lawrence University, and Denision University.

Salisbury returns to action on Friday, March 25, when it hosts No. 17 Roanoke College at 5 p.m.

The SU men moved to 2-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play with a 9-4 road victory over the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas Cirillo and Brendan Bromwell led the way for Salisbury (9-0), tallying three points each. Cirillo went for three goals, while Bromwell had two goals and one assist on the day.

The Eagles opened up the scoring just over six minutes into the game, but Carson Kalama responded a minute and a half later to cap the scoring in the first quarter at one a side.

Mary Washington got the lead back with a second-quarter Drew Carlson goal. However, that was the Eagles’ last lead as Cirillo connected on two-in-a row and Bromwell put in his first to put Salisbury up 4-2 at the break.

At the half, Salisbury was outshooting Mary Washington 15-7, and held a 24-16 edge in groundballs. Attackman Nathan Blondino finished the contest with 11 groundballs, besting his previous career high of six groundballs in a game.

Like the first quarter, each team only cashed in one goal in the third quarter. Cirillo completed the hat trick less than two minutes into the stanza, for what stood as the game-winning goal.

Mike Mason buried one for Mary Washington with 10:30 left in the third, but 15 minutes would come and go until the next goal for either side.

Jake Rotman opened up the fourth quarter scoring five minutes in, connecting off a Kevin Bartenfelter feed.

Salisbury then got three more goals in a row, with Bromwell, Kalama, and Garrett Reynolds all converting on shots to bring the Salisbury lead to 9-3 and end the Gulls’ offensive output on the day.

With a late Jack Carver goal, Mary Washington moved the score to 9-4 as the Eagles spread out their scoring all contest, getting one goal per quarter.

Duncan Campbell had a great game from the faceoff dot, going 13-for-16 (.813 percent) to control possession for Salisbury. His seven groundballs trailed only Blondino’s mark, as a part of the 61 groundball performance for Salisbury. The 61 groundballs is the most for a Salisbury team since scooping up 64 against Wesley College during the 2014 season.

Joshua Dean got the win in net for Salisbury with a four-save performance, while Same Wasson took the loss with nine saves.

The Gulls are back in action on Friday, when they host Roanoke College. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m.

Gulls take Clark Cup

The Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team squared off against Washington (Md.) College, with the winner taking home the Charles B. Clark Cup, and came away with a 14-2 victory at Sea Gull Stadium on Wednesday night.

The contest started with both teams playing an up and down the field brand of lacrosse with both teams pushing every transition opportunity, resulting in several turnovers.

James Burton tallied the first Sea Gull marker just 37 seconds into the game, as he barreled down the middle of the Shoremen defense and fought through a double and finished in traffic.

Thomas Cirillo added one from a deep-lefty shot before Tyler Powers connected on a feed from Tanner Barbieri to cut Salisbury’s lead in half.

Two minutes later, Nathan Blondino put one home at 8:11 to start a run of seven goals in a row for the Salisbury offense. Highlighting the stretch was a Jake Rotman goal where he started to sweep across the top of the offensive zone, then put on the brakes, planted his feet and ripped an underhand shot that blew past the keeper to the top shelf.

The second midfield line for Salisbury had a big day, with Rotman going for two points as he added an assist later. Christian Ottenritter also went for a goal and an assist, while Garrett Reynolds scored one of his own.

At halftime, Salisbury had only conceded eight shots, with Joshua Dean having three saves at the break. Also at halftime, Salisbury was 1-for-1 on the man up, while the Shoremen were 0-for-3, as the Salisbury defense held the Washington man-up unit to a 0-7 performance on the day.

The Salisbury run went until 13:19 left in the third quarter with Nick Boyles scoring for Washington.

The Sea Gulls responded less than a minute later with a Carson Kalama tally and got four more goals after Kalama’s to end the game at 14-2.

The Salisbury defense was able to hold Washington scoreless in two quarters, while only allowing two goals. The last time a Sea Gull defense held an opponent to two goals was in February of 2015 in a 12-2 decision over Widener University.

Will Nowesnick stayed hot on the defense end, notching five caused turnovers for the second-straight game. Salisbury also got spirited defensive efforts from Preston Dabbs, Andrew Ternahan, and Davis Anderson at the defensive midfield.

Dean got the win in net, moving to 7-0 on the year, while Ben Flood’s 10-save performance was not enough as he falls to 3-2.

 

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