GETTYSBURG, PA– The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up its second win on the road as it defeated No. 15 Gettysburg College, 11-6, on Saturday.
Salisbury jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter off of goals from senior attackmen Tony Mendes and Lantz Carter. Mendes opened the game's scoring with 12:49 left in the quarter as he netted a pass from senior attackman Matt Cannone.
The Gulls added two more scores in the opening minutes of the second quarter to increase their lead to 4-0. Senior attackman Erik Krum took a pass from Cannone to tally his first goal before senior midfielder Jeff McGuire scored on a pass from fellow senior midfielder Sam Bradman just 55 seconds later.
Gettysburg answered back with two goals to cut the Salisbury lead in half, 4-2. The Gulls held strong and took a 5-3 lead into the half after a goal from Bradman on the third assist in the half by Cannone preceded another Bullets' score with 36 seconds left in the second quarter.
Salisbury dominated in the third quarter by winning 6-of-8 faceoffs, ripping off 13 shots and picking up 12 ground balls; all of which at least doubled the Gulls' halftime totals in the categories. The second-half burst paid off as the team doubled its offensive output from the first half with five more goals in the third quarter.
Bradman and Cannone both netted two scores in the quarter including back-to-back goals in which Bradman took a pass from junior midfielder Ryan Clarke and planted it into the back of the net just six seconds before Cannone scored on a pass from Mendes. Senior attackman Kyle Quist also scored in the quarter, and the Gulls had a 10-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Quist added another goal in the fourth, the only tally in the quarter, to give Salisbury the five-score final margin.
The Sea Gull offense was led by Bradman and Cannone who tallied five and six points, respectively. Bradman led the team with three goals, and Cannone was the team's main distributor with four assists.
Sophomore defender Zeke Smith led the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the victory and made five saves in the process.
Salisbury will be at home on Wednesday, March 7 to host Ursinus College at Sea Gull Stadium for the team's next game; the contest is set to start at 3:30 p.m.