March 3, 2012

Top-Ranked Salisbury Shakes Off Gettysburg

from press release

– Gettysburg trailed Salisbury University just 7-5 midway through the third quarter, but the top-ranked Sea Gulls ended the game on a 4-1 run and defeated the 15th-ranked Bullets 11-6 at a sunny and windy Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium in non-conference men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon.

Senior Sam Bradman scored three goals and handed out two assists for Salisbury (5-0), the defending NCAA Division III champion, which never trailed after scoring the game's first four goals. Junior Matt Cannone posted two goals and four assists for the Sea Gulls.

Sophomore Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) notched three goals for Gettysburg (2-1), running his total to 11 on the season, while senior Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) added a pair of goals.

Gettysburg held Salisbury to its lowest goal total this season by five goals, and the Sea Gulls finished eight goals below their season average. Salisbury had scored 22 goals in each of their last two games, including a 22-5 victory over No. 2 Roanoke College a week ago.

It was third year in a row in which Gettysburg Head Coach Hank Janczyk and Salisbury Head Coach Jim Berkman met as the top-two all-time winningest coaches in NCAA men's lacrosse history in terms of victories. Berkman entered the day with 392 wins while Janczyk was second with 359 victories.

Manilla scored a man-down goal with the Bullets in transition, taking a feed from sophomore Alec Mitchell (Parkton, Md./St. Paul's School) for his final tally of the day to make it 7-5 with 9:33 left in the third quarter. But the Sea Gulls would answer with a 3-0 spurt before Sartory scored Gettysburg's final goal when he converted a dish from sophomore Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) with 38 seconds left in the quarter, making it 10-6.

Salisbury's Kyle Quist scored the only goal of the fourth quarter, setting the final score with 7:49 remaining on his second goal of the day.

Five different players accounted for Salisbury's first five goals, with Tony Mendes and Lantz Carter each finding paydirt in the first quarter as the Gulls took a 2-0 lead before Erik Krum and Jeff McGuire struck less than a minute apart early in the second period to give Salisbury its 4-0 advantage. Manilla put Gettysburg on the scoreboard when he rebounded home a shot with 10:38 on the clock before junior Ryan Fumai (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) followed up for the Bullets with a wraparound goal to make it 4-2 with 6:16 showing.

The two sides traded goals late in the half, with Bradman scoring with 1:18 left and Sartory answering with 36 seconds to go, making it a 5-3 game at the intermission.

The shots were even at 12-12 in the first half.

Manilla converted a pass from junior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) for a man-up goal with 12:38 left in the third quarter as the Bullets drew to within one. But Salisbury answered with two goals in eight seconds on tallies from Bradman and Cannone to make it 7-4 with 9:58 to go in the third quarter.

Sophomore Alex Taylor finished with five saves for Salisbury, which outshot Gettysburg 27-21. Junior J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) also stopped five shots for the Bullets.

Gettysburg plays away from home for the first time this season next Saturday, when it travels to Massapequa, N.Y. to take on No. 3 SUNY Cortland in the fourth annual "Supervisor's Trophy Game" at John J. Burns Park. Face-off is set for 1 p.m.

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