SALISBURY, Md. – The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team opened up its 2017 Capital Athletic Conference slate and defeated the University of Mary Washington, 17-5 at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game was Salisbury's annual Lax 4 Leukemia Youth Day and the team held a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland.
The Salisbury (7-0, 1-0 CAC) defense had another stellar performance with the Eagles (3-5, 0-1 CAC) only putting nine shots on cage all game. Led by Andrew Ternahan's eight groundballs and five caused turnovers, the Gulls held the groundball edge 51-36, and caused 19 of UMW's 29 turnovers.
Duncan Campbell went 14-for-20 from the faceoff X and led the game with nine groundballs. Will Nowesnick (two groundballs and four caused turnovers) and Aaron Leeds (six groundballs, three caused turnovers) also had standout days on the defensive end.
The Salisbury offense started slow but caught wind early in the second quarter and went into a 10-0 run that extended into the third quarter. The run started with the Gulls down 3-1 and Jeremiah LaClair caused one of his three turnovers on the day that kick started a fast break where Nathan Blondino found Carson Kalama on the crease for the easy tally.
Blondino ended the game with one goal and six assists, bettering his five assist performance from last game. Kalama had five goals at game's end to move to ninth all-time in program history with 149 goals; passing Erik Krum's 148. Also, Blondino's six assists brings him into a tie for 10th all-time in program history in assists with 93, tying Eric Ungleich.
The last goal of the 10-0 run came with 7:11 left in the third quarter after Garrett Reynolds found a wide open Nick Garbarino from 10 yards out; Garbrino took his time to pick his spot and put the Gulls up, 11-3. Also a part of the spurt, LaClair got his first goal in the maroon and gold with Blondino finding him as a part of another transition goal for the Gulls.
Garbarino had three goals in the 10-0 run and ended with five off just seven shots. Reynolds made his presence felt as well, dishing out three helpers in the game.
Mary Washington broke its scoring drought of over 20 minutes at 5:17 in the third and got its last of the contest at 12:19 in the fourth. However, while the visitors added the two additional tallies, Salisbury put together two three-goal runs on either side of the UMW markers to extend the lead and close out the conference opener with a 17-5 win.
The Salisbury offense outshot the Eagles 56-19 and went 3-for-3 on the man up, while the Salisbury defense held Mary Washington scoreless during its one man-up opportunity.
The Gulls now return to action on Wednesday, March 22 with a 7 p.m., start against Marymount (Va.) University at Sea Gull Stadium.