March 19, 2011

No. 3 Salisbury Starts Slow, Buries Wesley

from press release

– The No. 3-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team saw Wesley College hang around through part of the first quarter before pulling away for a 24-10 victory in its first Capital Athletic Conference contest of the 2011 season.

The Sea Gulls (7-0, 1-0 CAC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from juniors Dean Rossi, Sam Bradman and Erik Krum midway through the first quarter.

But the Wolverines would bite back with three of the next four goals to cut their deficit to 4-3 with just over four minutes to play in the first period before Salisbury took control.

Salisbury ended the first half on a 7-0 run from that point on with junior Tony Mendes and Bradman taking the lead. Mendes scored a pair to finish off the first period with his team holding a 6-3 lead, then Bradman got back on the board, posting three in the second period to lead his team to the locker room with an 11-3 advantage.

Bradman got the scoring started in the second half, putting home an unassisted strike 38 seconds into the third period. The Canton, N.Y., native would lead the way for the Gulls in the game with six goals.

After Bradman's tally, the Wolverines (3-5, 0-1 CAC) found three straight goals to cut the lead to 12-6, but the six-goal deficit was as close as Wesley would be the rest of the game. Salisbury found the back of the net for five goals in a row to put the game away midway through the third quarter.

Krum finished with five goals and three assists for a game-high eight points, matched by junior Matt Cannone's three scores and five helpers. The eight points are career-high marks for both Krum and Cannone. Bradman had one assist to go with his half dozen goals.

Senior Johnny Rodriguez tallied six saves, playing just over half the game in goal, while senior Tim Swinburn and freshman Alex Taylor each saw time in the cage as well.

Justin D'Alonzo and Eric Crumbock led the Wolverines with four goals each.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Wednesday night as they travel to Roanoke College. The game is slated to face off at 7 p.m.

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