SALEM, VA - The No. 7 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team put together its most successful first half of the season with 10 goals, on the way to its 17-5 victory over No. 20 Roanoke College on Sunday.
The Maroons (3-3) took a quick lead, less than two minutes into the game, to start the scoring, but senior midfielder Eric Kluge knotted the game less than two minutes later at the 12:02 mark. The Sea Gulls would not trail for the rest of the game.
Salisbury took the lead and never looked back with a goal from senior long-stick midfielder Brett Baer. After a Maroon turnover on the faceoff following Kluge's goal, Baer got the ball into Roanoke's defensive third and ripped a shot for his first goal of the year.
In the final four minutes of the quarter, attackmen, senior Stephen Norris (two goals) and junior Rhett DePol (one goal) combined to give Salisbury (7-2) a 5-1 lead heading into the second quarter; both players scored four goals to lead the Sea Gulls in the game.
DePol added his second in the second quarter, as he was one of five different goal scorers in the period.
The Gulls did not allow Roanoke to score in the second quarter, and with their offensive outburst, they took a 10-1 lead into halftime. At the half, Salisbury was outshooting the Maroons, 27-11, and had more shots on goal, 16-1.
In the third quarter, DePol added his final two goals at the 9:41 and 9:08 marks to get the Sea Gulls started quickly in the second half. Norris and sophomore attackman Wade Korvin, who netted a hat trick in the game, both scored, as well.
Two goals by Roanoke late in the third cut the Sea Gulls' lead to 14-3 heading into the final quarter, but Salisbury outscored the Maroons, 3-2, in the fourth to cap the win.
Junior midfielder Greg Korvin was Salisbury's main distributor in the win with three assists.
Alex Taylor, the Gulls' junior goalie, played over 56 minutes in the cage and made four saves on the way to the win.
Salisbury will return home on Wednesday, March 20 to host Colorado College at Sea Gull Stadium with the opening faceoff set for 7 p.m.