SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team hosted No. 6 Gettysburg College in the first matchup of top-10 ranked teams in Division III men's lacrosse this season and senior captain Brendan Bromwell scored in overtime to give Salisbury a 10-9 win on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.
Salisbury got the game's first two goals with Josh Melton and Corey Gwin being able to beat Gettysburg keeper Tim Brady who had 14 stops in the contest. For the opening strike at 11:45, Nathan Blondino took his defender behind the cage and received a pick from Carson Kalama that got the defense out of sorts. In the confusion, Blondino found a cutting Melton who put it upstairs from seven yards out. Melton finished his day with one goal and two assists, while Gwin had two goals in the contest.
The scoring in the first half all came in runs and Gettysburg started its first run of the opening quarter at 9:08 before adding a man up tally with three minutes to play to tie the game at 2-2.
In the second quarter Gwin started what would become a three-goal run for Salisbury when he uncorked one that dinged the upper-right post before finding the netting past Brady at 10:45. A little more than a minute later, Garrett Reynolds got on the board after Melton threaded a nice pass to him off the crease where he finished for his first of the day. Adam Huber capped off the three-goal run when Blondino riffled a pass to the senior transfer on the crease before he gave Brady a couple of fakes then buried it on the man up.
Gettysburg closed out the scoring for the half with two goals in the last four minutes to send the team's into halftime with SU up, 5-4.
In the second half Salisbury struck first on a de facto man up tally with the Gettysburg player just getting onto the field when Huber blasted one to the top shelf from 13 yards out off a Reynolds feed to go up 6-4.
Just as the Gettysburg offense showed signs of breaking through at the end of the first half, it went for two straight goals less than a minute apart to tie the game up 6-6 at the 3:35 mark of the third quarter.
Carson Kalama got his first of the day with 39 seconds left in the quarter. Gwin took a shot that was stopped but the rebound came just outside of the crease and Kalama, with his back facing the net, scooped the ball and shoveled it in for the goal.
The fourth quarter was the only quarter the Bullets outscored the Sea Gulls with the visitors having an answer for Salisbury at every point to eventually force the overtime.
Reynolds and Kalama both scored in the fourth but it was a Reed Barbe tally at 3:01 that closed out the scoring in regulation and tied the game at 9-9.
In the overtime period, Duncan Campbell won the opening faceoff and the Gulls took a timeout. Campbell ended his day going 12-for-18 from the X, with no win being more important than the one to start overtime.
Out of the timeout, Blondino had the ball behind the cage with a short pole covering him and cut to his right where he found an open Bromwell just off the crease. Bromwell quick sticked the dish to the right side of the net which sent the Gulls' bench charging onto the field to celebrate the victory.
The defense in front of keeper Colin Reymann came up with big plays all game as a big part of the winning effort with Gettysburg only putting 14 shots on target. Andrew Ternahan led the team with seven groundballs and three caused turnovers, while fellow long-stick midfielder Cory Berry nabbed six groundballs. Will Nowesnick also had three caused turnovers and his junior line mate Kyle Tucker held his mark, Tommy Heller to zero points after posting six points in his last game.
Salisbury is back in action on Sunday, March 5 when No. 12 Ohio Wesleyan University comes to Salisbury for a noon faceoff.