April 20, 2011

Salisbury Beats Mary Wash in CAC Semis

from press release

– The third-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team defeated the University of Mary Washington, 15-5, in the semifinals of the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference championship on Wednesday afternoon.

With the victory, the second-seeded Sea Gulls (15-1) advance to the CAC championship, where they will take on the top seed, Stevenson University; the No. 1-ranked Mustangs (16-1) defeated fifth-seeded St. Mary's (Md.) College, 16-7, in the other CAC semifinal. This marks the fourth time in program history that Salisbury and Stevenson will meet in the CAC championship; Salisbury won in 2008 and 2009, while Stevenson claimed the 2010 title.

Today's contest featured a sluggish start, as it took 10 minutes of play before the first goal was scored. Mary Washington (11-6) tallied a man-up goal at the 4:41 mark, with Evan Weiss tallying the goal off an assist from Harry Synder. The Sea Gulls converted a man-up chance nearly a minute later, as junior midfielder Sam Bradman recorded a goal off an assist from junior attackman Matt Cannone. The maroon and gold closed out the quarter with a goal from Cannone, off an assist from Bradman.

The SU offense came alive in the second quarter, as the Sea Gulls outscored the Eagles 6-2 in the frame. Cannone was the catalyst to the offensive success in the quarter, with two goals and two assists.

At the half Salisbury outshot Mary Washington 23-11, held a 11-9 ground balls advantage and won 10-of-13 face-off attempts.

SU junior midfielder Jeff McGuire recorded an unassisted goal to kickoff the third quarter; the Sea Gulls would tack on a pair of goals to extend the lead to 11-3, before Sean Dacey scored an unassisted goal with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter to cut the lead to seven.

Weiss recorded his second goal of the game at the 10:07 mark for the Eagles, but the Sea Gulls would close out the game with four straight goals, including the first of the season for junior midfielder Kyle Gallagher.

Cannone had a career-high nine points in the victory, on five goals and four assists. Bradman finished with four points (three goals, one assist), while senior midfielder Shawn Zordani (two goals, one assist) finished shortly behind with three.

Salisbury senior goalkeeper Johnny Rodriguez posted four saves in the victory. The Gambrills, Md., native now has 436 career saves, which has him tied with Mike Sparr (1978-81) in the program record books, at No. 5.

The Eagles received two points each from Weiss and Synder. Mary Washington goalkeeper Ryan Kleman staved off 11 Salisbury shots in the contest.

The CAC championship game will be played at Stevenson on Saturday, April 23. The time of the game has yet to be determined; please check back on www.suseagulls.com for additional details as they become available.

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