February 10, 2013

Sea Gulls open 2013 with 17-3 win over Greensboro

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season, with a 17-3 victory over Greensboro College at Sea Gull Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Pride jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a fast-break goal from attackman Scott Schowalter at the 13:45 mark, but the Sea Gulls answered in a big way with five unanswered goals in the rest of the quarter.

Senior midfielder Eric Kluge started the Sea Gulls' offense with the team's first score of the game. The man-up goal came 23 seconds after a slashing penalty on Greensboro.

The Sea Gulls were led in the game by senior forward Ryan Clarke (five points) and sophomore attackman Wade Korvin (four points), as both players netted three goals. Clarke's first goal came in the first quarter to aid the five-goal run.

The second quarter featured Clarke's second goal of the game, giving Salisbury a 6-1 lead, at halftime.

At the half, Salisbury led in shots (24-16) and ground balls (20-12). The Gulls only lost two face-off opportunities (7-for-9) as senior midfielder Tyler Granelli controlled the "X." Granelli won 14-of-17 face-offs (.823 percent) in the game.

The Sea Gulls' offense came to life in the third quarter with seven goals. To start the period, two goals by Korvin sandwiched another score by Clarke, as Salisbury got off to a quick start in the second half. Korvin's first came just 61 seconds in, before Clarke found the net again for the third time.

After Greensboro's second goal, Korvin scored his second at the 6:22 mark.

Four additional players scored in the quarter, including Kluge, for his second of the game.

With a 13-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Gulls scored four more times, including Korvin's third, on the way to the victory.

For the game, the Gulls ripped off 57 shots, while the defense held Greensboro to only 29, and Salisbury led in ground balls, 54-24. Granelli and Biank combined to win 18-of-24 face-offs.

Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the win, playing over 56 minutes in the cage and saving 16 shots.

The Gulls will be in action again on Saturday, as they travel to Lynchburg College; the game is set for 1 p.m.

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