Kluge leads with hat trick, as Sea Gulls down Green Terror, 16-3
WESTMINSTER, Md. – The No. 10 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up its third win of the season to push its record to 3-2 with Wednesday's 16-3 victory over McDaniel College at Gill Stadium.
Senior midfielder Eric Kluge led the Sea Gull offense, which saw 12 different goal scorers, with three goals. Kluge was one of three SU players tied with three points as junior midfielder Tyler Smith and sophomore midfielder Adam Stork each scored two goals and had one assist.
Smith netted his first goal of the season to open the scoring in the game, the first of eight unanswered goals to start the contest.
The Gulls kept the pressure on the Green Terror (0-3) defense as junior attackman Rhett DePol took a pass from junior midfielder Greg Korvin to dunk a shot from right in front of the crease past the goalie. Korvin followed with goal of his own, driving down the right side and sending a shot into the top-left corner of the goal.
Stork added his first goal with a shot from the left wing to close out the quarter.
Salisbury added four more goals in the second quarter to take an 8-0 lead before McDaniel would put a point on the scoreboard. Kluge scored the Gulls' first two goals of the period, followed by goals from attackmen, sophomore Wade Korvin and senior Evan Hammersly.
Pat Woglom scored for the Green Terror with 35 seconds left in the half; he led his team with two goals on the day.
At the half, Salisbury led in shots (20-10) and ground ball pickups (17-16), while McDaniel led in faceoffs won (7-of-11).
The Sea Gulls opened the scoring in the second half at the 5:06 mark in third quarter as Stork zipped a pass through the defense to junior attackman Luke Phipps, who finished the play by beating McDaniel goalie Christian Dallmus just in front of the crease.
Kluge added his third at the end of the quarter, and Smith and Stork added their second goals, each scoring in the first minutes of the fourth. The pair was followed by four more Gulls, as they each scored one to combine for six goals in the final period.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor earned the win, playing over 55 minutes in the cage and making eight saves.
The Gulls will return to Sea Gull Stadium for their next game, as they host Gettysburg College on Saturday at 1 p.m.