Top-ranked Salisbury records 50th consecutive win, rolls past Hood

Junior All-American Kylor Berkman looks for the ball as he takes control of the Sea Gulls offense.
Junior All-American Kylor Berkman looks for the ball as he takes control of the Sea Gulls offense.

EMMITSBURG, Md. - The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team earned their 50th consecutive victory on Wednesday afternoon as the Sea Gulls defeated Hood College 28-1 in a Capital Athletic Conference game here on the campus of Mount St. Mary's University.

The game originally slated to be played at Hood in Frederick, Md., was moved to Emmitsburg, Md., because of poor field conditions.

Salisbury (5-0, 2-0 CAC), the two-time defending NCAA Division III national champions, have not lost a game since the end of the 2006 season. The Sea Gulls have also won 102 consecutive conference games and 82 straight regular-season games.

The Sea Gulls had 16 different goal scorers in the biggest victory since February 21, 2006, when SU defeated Marymount (Va.) University 29-0.

Senior midfielder Kylor Berkman led the maroon and gold with a six-point game as he scored four goals and passed out two assists. Junior Mike Winter matched Berkman with four goals. Freshman attackman Matt Cannone, the reigning CAC Player of the Week, found the back of the net three times and added one assist. Junior Mike Von Kamecke, sophomores Erik Krum (one assist) and Michael Yetter (one assist) along with freshman Kyle Quist scored two goals apiece. Sophomore Kyle Piper and freshman Sam Bradman scored one goal and two assists. Long-stick midfielder Connor Burgasser scored his first goal of the year while freshman Evan Hockel (one assist) recorded his first point as a Sea Gull. Six different Gulls scored their first goal of the season including Burgasser, Piper, junior Kevin Finn along with freshmen Logan Keyser, Ryan Clarke and Tim Lum. The other goals were scored by junior defensive midfielder Will Poletis and freshman Matt Pierotti.

Salisbury raced out and scored the game's first 23 goals before Hood (1-3, 0-1 CAC) scored its first goal with under 12 minutes left in the game. The Sea Gulls led 19-0 at the half.

The Sea Gulls controlled the statistical categories as they outshot the Blazers 68-13, scooped up 74 ground balls, won 27-of-33 face-offs, made 26-of-29 clears and went 3-for-6 on extra-man opportunities.

Hood goalie Nicholas O'Brien made 20 saves in the loss.

Salisbury will next host Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m. in Sea Gull Stadium.

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