Defense shines in Sea Gulls' opening win of NCAA tournament

Defense shines in Sea Gulls' opening win of NCAA tournament

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up a win in its first game of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament, topping the State University of New York Maritime, 19-4 in the second round at Sea Gull Stadium.

The Sea Gulls (20-1) were paced by Josh Melton's team-high eight points including a team-best five assists. Salisbury came out quick, scoring just 38 seconds into the game, with Tyler Snyder, who finished the game with three points on two goals, scoring on an unassisted tally. Salisbury put home the first four goals of the game before the Privateers were able to find the cage.

Austin Short continued his recent offensive outburst netting two markers during the 4-0 game-opening run. He finished the contest with four points netting two tallies and dishing out two assists as well.

The Privateers (15-4) made it 4-1 on a marker from Danny O'Connell, before Salisbury got the final goal of the first quarter, as Cross Ferrara scored with 31 seconds left in the period for a 5-1 lead.

Ferrara's tally helped spark a 5-0 run by Salisbury to end the first half, with Ferrara scoring again and Corey Gwin getting in the mix as he finished off one of Melton's three assists during the scoring spree, before Snyder added his second of the day for the 9-1 halftime lead.

Salisbury finished the day with 11 players finding the back of the cage, led by Gwin's four goals, including long-stick midfielder Jackson Woodward, who netted his second marker in as many contests.

The Sea Gulls scored twice to start the second half before the Privateers were able to get their second of the day, with Connell again getting the score. Salisbury put the game out of reach behind a seven-goal fourth quarter as six different players fired home markers, including faceoff specialist Eoghan Sweeney, who scored the first goal of his collegiate career.  

The maroon and gold defense was solid throughout the contest limiting the Privateers to just four goals while causing 12 SUNY Maritime turnovers as Kevin Murphy and Drew Borkowicz led the way with three each. Salisbury limited SUNY Maritime point leader Matt DeMeo to just three points for the contest on seven shots.  

Salisbury will advance to the third round on Saturday, May 11 and will square off against the University of Lynchburg.

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