Men's lacrosse captures program's 12th national championship with 15-7 win over RIT
The top ranked Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team captured its 12 national title with a 15-7 win over Rochester Institute of Technology on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. The Gulls used an all-around team effort to silence the nation’s fourth leading scoring offense. The starting defense of Will Nowesnick, Kyle Tucker, and Aaron Leeds combined for 14 groudballs. The Tigers’ two leading scorers were held to just two goals on 10 shots with the duo coming into Sunday with a combined 207 points. Kevin Mcdemott had a stellar game with a career high four points from one goal and three assists. Two of McDemott’s assists came to linemate Garrett Reynolds who ended his day with three goals. Also getting a hat trick from the midfield was freshman Josh Melton with the three goals marking his first time doing so all season. Salisbury dominated every aspect of the contest with a 44-26 edge in groundballs, a 42-34 advantage in shots, and SU scored on two of its six man up opportunities, while the gulls did not commit a penalty all game. With four goals and one assist in the championship game, senior Carson Kalama was the game’s most outstanding player. Kalama scored twice in the second quarter and added single tallies in the last two quarters. Also from the attack, Nathan Blondino had one goal and two assists to give him 134 on the season, tying the all-time Salisbury mark set by Jason Coffman. The national title marks the 20th team national championship in Salisbury history.