SALISBURY, MD – Senior midfielder Eric Kluge of the No. 9 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team netted two goals in the final five minutes of Sunday's game against Ohio Wesleyan University to bring the Sea Gulls from behind for a 4-3 win.
Kluge and junior attackman Luke Phipps both scored twice, as the Sea Gull defense continued their shut-down style of play to give Salisbury its fifth win of the year.
Phipps opened the game with a fastbreak goal to give the Gulls (5-2) a 1-0 lead with under four minutes to play in the first quarter. Junior midfielder Tim Stone ran the length of the field to clear the ball and dumped a pass off to Phipps who grounded a shot between the OWU goalkeeper's legs.
From that point, the Sea Gull offense struggled to put the ball in the net, despite taking 26 shots in the first half (45 for the game).
Spencer Schnell, who led the Battling Bishops with two goals, tied the game in the second quarter on a man-up goal. OWU (4-2) later broke the tie and took a 2-1 lead into the half.
Salisbury outshot Ohio Wesleyan by 13 in the first half and won 3-of-4 face offs, but was unable to generate any scoring in the final 18:50 of the first half.
The scoring drought continued for the entire third quarter, with neither team putting the ball in the cage. Junior midfielder Greg Korvin seemed to have beaten the OWU keeper with a shot with three seconds left in the third, but Ryan McMahon found a way to keep the ball from going between his legs for the save.
At the 13:01 mark in the fourth quarter, Phipps struck again with a rip from the right wing for a man-up goal to tie the game, 2-2, and ending a stretch of 35:49 without a goal for the Gulls.
Schnell gave the Battling Bishops the lead again with his second goal, but with 4:26 left, Kluge scored to tie the game. The North East, Md., native put home the game-winner with just 2:06 remaining in the contest by driving left, cutting inside and planting a shot in the right side of the cage.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor recorded the victory, playing all 60 minutes in the goal and making seven saves.
Salisbury begins Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday as it hosts York (Pa.) College at Sea Gull Stadium; the game is set for 7 p.m.