April 21, 2012

Top-Ranked Salisbury Breezes Past WAC

from press release

-- Top-ranked host Salisbury remained unbeaten at 17-0 with a 17-5 non-conference men's lacrosse win over visiting 17th-ranked Washington College in the annual "War on the Shore" rivalry game for the Charles B. Clark Cup this afternoon in Salisbury, MD.

The Sea Gulls wasted little time taking control of the contest early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead, including a goal 47 seconds into the game by Ryan Clarke. Washington (9-4) got on the board with 1:56 remaining in the first quarter on a goal by junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) off an assist from sophomore midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin).

The Shoremen opened the second-quarter scoring to cut the lead to 5-2 as sophomore attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) with 12:54 to go in the second quarter. Salisbury countered with an extra-man goal by Erik Krum off an assist from Tony Mendes with 2:45 remaining in the quarter to push the advantage to 6-2. The Sea Gulls took that four-goal lead into the intermission, holding a 23-17 advantage in shots over the first 30 minutes.

Neither team scored again until midway through the first quarter as Sam Bradman scored off a Clarke assist with 7:30 left and netted another goal 1:03 later, this time off an assist from Kyle Quist, as the lead increased to 8-2. The Sea Gulls tacked on their ninth goal when Clarke scored with 4:37 left in the third. Nowicki broke the Sea Gulls' four-goal run with an unassisted tally for the Shoremen with 2:34 left. Cord cut the lead back to five goals at 9-4 with a goal with one second left in the period.

Salisbury put an end to Washington's rally attempt early in the fourth quarter as Bradman scored a pair of goals - the first off a Clarke assist with 14:19 left and the second off an assist from Matt Cannone with 13:32 to go, putting the Sea Gulls in front, 11-4. The Sea Gulls outscored the Shoremen, 6-1, the rest of the way to provide the final margin.

Bradman led Salisbury with seven goals and one assist, while Cannone tallied two goals and seven assists. Clarke added three goals and two assists, Krum scored three goals, and Quist finished with two goals and one assist.

Cord scored two goals to lead the Shoremen in the loss, while Nowicki had one goal and one assist.

Salisbury held a 40-32 advantage in shots in the game and won 16 of the game's 23 face-offs. Tyler Granelli was 12-for-17 on face-offs with 11 ground balls for the Sea Gulls.

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