Salisbury Sends Message, Dominates Dickinson in NCAA Quarterfinal
from press release
SALISBURY, Md. – The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA semifinals with a 12-4 victory over No. 6 Dickinson College on Wednesday evening at Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls (19-1) will host No. 7 Roanoke College this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium; the Maroons (17-3) defeated Stevenson University, 13-12, in the other South Region quarterfinal. This marks the 19th NCAA semifinal appearance in Salisbury men's lacrosse program history.
Salisbury tallied the game's first goal at the 9:10 mark as junior attackman Erik Krum took a feed from junior attackman Tony Mendes and finished for the 1-0 lead. Dickinson's Chip Murray won the ensuing face-off, sprinted up the field and unleashed a shot on goal and into the net just eight seconds later to tie the score. After seven minutes of scoreless play, Krum took another feed from Mendes and tallied his second goal of the contest, Salisbury would lead for the remainder of the game.
Junior midfielder Corey Nowak tallied an unassisted goal nearly a minute into the second quarter, extending the SU lead to 3-1. The Red Devils (17-2) responded with a goal from Pat Curley off an assist from Brian Cannon. The Sea Gulls outscored the Red Devils 2-1 to close out the half, with goals coming from junior midfielder Jeff McGuire and senior midfielder Shawn Zordani to hand SU a 5-3 lead at the halftime break.
The Sea Gulls went to work in the third quarter, as the team turned in one of its best team performances of the season in the frame. The maroon and gold tallied four goals, including two man-up tallies, and held the Red Devils scoreless to extend the lead to 9-3. Mendes started the quarter off with a man-up goal off an assist from junior midfielder Sam Bradman. The Sea Gulls followed with a pair of goals from Bradman, plus single goals from Zordani and Krum. On the other side of the field, the SU defense limited Dickinson to just two shots and provided a relentless defense against the Red Devil offensive players.
Salisbury closed out the contest with three goals in the fourth quarter, two of which came from Krum, compared to just one tally for Dickinson.
Bradman (two goals, two assists), Krum (four goals) and Zordani (two goals, two assists) each posted four points in the contest to pace the maroon and gold.
SU senior goalkeeper Johnny Rodriguez played 58 minutes in the net and finished with seven saves for the Sea Gulls. Senior Tim Swinburn closed out the contest and finished with one save. Salisbury had a stingy defense throughout the contest, as the team caused eight turnovers, including a team-high three from senior defender Nick Mooney.
The Red Devils had four different goal scorers in the contest with goals coming from Murray, Curley, Matt Cherry and Nick Leon.
Dickinson goalkeeper Greg Hanley finished with nine saves in 60 minutes of action.