April 2, 2011

St. Mary's Weather Can't Stop Salisbury

from press release

– The No. 2-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up a 12-4 weather-delayed victory over Capital Athletic Conference opponent St. Mary's (Md.) College on Saturday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls (11-0, 4-0 CAC) tallied the game's first goal nearly four minutes in, as senior midfielder Shawn Zordani tallied an unassisted goal. The Seahawks (2-7, 1-3 CAC) responded with an unassisted goal by Stewart D'Ambrogi at the 5:05 mark. Those would be the only two scores of the first quarter.

St. Mary's opened up the second quarter with a goal from JP Lennon at the 11:49 mark before sophomore midfielder Ryan Clarke responded to knot the score at 2-2. Senior midfielder Spencer Smith recorded the third SU goal of the day, off an assist from junior midfielder Jeff McGuire, handing SU a 3-2 lead. Patrick Mull closed out the half with a goal for the Seahawks to bring the score to 3-3.

At the half SU held a narrow 18-17 shots advantage, held a 16-11 ground balls advantage and had won 7-of-8 face offs.

Each team scored a goal in the first five minutes of the third quarter, with Salisbury junior attackman Matt Cannone tallying the goal for the Sea Gulls. Play was halted with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter, as lighting was spotted in the area; after play resumed, junior attackman Tony Mendes gave SU the lead for good with an unassisted goal with 51 seconds remaining the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Salisbury, as the maroon and gold tacked on seven additional goals to bring the score to its final at 12-4.

Senior attackman Erik Krum finished with a game-high four points, on one goal and three assists; the three assists matched his career-high. Mendes (three goals) and Cannone (two goals, one assist) followed closely behind with three points. SU senior attackman Perry Craz registered a season-best two goals in the effort.

Salisbury senior goalkeeper Johnny Rodriguez played the full 60 minutes and earned the win after staving off seven shots. St. Mary's played two goalkeepers in the contest, with Pat Simpson (six saves) and Stu Wheeler (six saves) each playing one half.

The Sea Gulls are set to return to the friendly confines of Sea Gull Stadium for a CAC clash with York (Pa.) College this Wednesday. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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