May 7, 2011

Salisbury Hammers WAC, 17-3

from press release

CHESTERTOWN, Md.
– The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team defeated Washington (Md.) College, 17-3, to capture the Charles B. Clark Cup on Saturday in front of 2,813 at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.

Today's contest marked the 44th official meeting between the two Eastern Shore schools; with the victory the Sea Gulls (17-1) have now won 11-straight against the Shoremen (5-9), and hold a 25-19 advantage in the series known as the "War on the Shore."

SU midfielder Sam Bradman opened the contest with an unassisted goal at the 13:36 mark, as the junior faked a pass to a teammate on the right side, before he cut through the middle of the offensive zone and unleashed a shot on goal for the 1-0 lead. Junior attackman Erik Krum tallied his first goal of the game two minutes later off an assist from junior attackman Matt Cannone. Cannone and sophomore midfielder Ryan Clarke closed out the first quarter with unassisted goals for a 4-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.

The Salisbury offense featured a balanced effort in the second quarter, as five different players tallied the team's five goals in the frame. Bradman led the way in the quarter with an assist and a goal. Washington recorded its first goal of the contest with 14 seconds remaining in the first half, with Matt Lewis recording an unassisted goal.

At the half, Salisbury outshot Washington 33-8, held a 21-12 groundballs advantage and won 7-of-12 face-off opportunities.

The third quarter was the highest scoring period of the contest, as seven goals were tallied, including five from the Sea Gulls. Junior attackman Tony Mendes led the quarter off with a goal, off an assist from senior midfielder Shawn Zordani, then followed that up with an unassisted tally six minutes later.

The Sea Gulls tacked on three goals in the final quarter, with goals coming from Bradman, junior midfielder Kyle Gallagher and junior attackman Lantz Carter. The SU defense held the Shoremen offense scoreless in the quarter to bring the score to its final at 17-3.

Bradman posted a game-high six points in the contest on three goals and three helpers, while Krum (three goals, one assist) and junior attackman Kyle Quist (two goals, two assists) finished shortly behind with four points.

Salisbury trotted out three goalkeepers in the contest, with senior Johnny Rodriguez earning the win after finishing with five saves in 36 minutes of work. Senior Tim Swinburn made four saves in 15 minutes of work, while freshman Alex Taylor staved off five shots.

The Shoremen received goals from Lewis, Shane Kaski and Patrick Coyle, while Hunter Nowicki had the team's only assist.

Washington starting goalkeeper Peter Stewart turned in an impressive performance with 15 saves in 52 minutes of action. Ted DiSalvo closed out the contest and turned away three shots.

Salisbury will now await the release of the NCAA tournament bracket on Sunday night at 10 p.m. on www.ncaa.com. The Sea Gulls earned the automatic berth for their 23rd consecutive tournament appearance by claiming the Capital Athletic Conference championship back on April 23.


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