SALISBURY, Md. – The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse program rolled to a convincing 18-4 victory over No. 20 Christopher Newport University on Wednesday evening at Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls got impressive performances from both Brett Malamphy and Pierre Armstrong as Malamphy posted his 10th double-digit faceoff win performance of the season while Armstrong totaled the 100th point of his career.
Malamphy won 17-of-20 faceoffs including a perfect 7-of-7 mark in the first quarter. His seven wins translated to six goals in the first quarter, which included two goals that occurred within a minute or less of the faceoff win, to help the home team take a 6-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes.
Malamphy won the opening battle to set up the offense with its first possession of the game, which Salisbury (13-0, 3-0 CAC) took full advantage of as Zach Pompea fired home his first of a team-best four goals for the evening.
After Josh Melton pushed the advantage to 3-0 Malamphy won his fourth faceoff of the frame leading to Emory Wongus netting his first and only marker of the night for a 4-0 lead, just 30 seconds after the faceoff win.
Christopher Newport (9-6, 2-2 CAC) finally won its first faceoff at the 14:28 mark of the second quarter. The Captains won four all game as the Salisbury faceoff specialists finished the game winning 22-of-26 while combing to scoop up 16 groundballs as Malamphy led the way with a team-best 14. The mark ties his season-high while it is also the second straight game he has scooped up double-digit groundballs.
Armstrong, who finished the game tied for the team-high in goals and with a team-best six points, netted three goals in the second half, including back-to-back markers in the third quarter in a 50-second span. He reached the milestone mark in the fourth quarter pushing the lead to 13-4 finishing off a pass from Brad Greik before finding Tyler Snyder on one of the maroon and gold's three man-up opportunities for the contest to reach the mark.
Brad Apgar led a solid defensive effort with four of Salisbury's nine caused turnovers while the unit held Christopher Newport to a 0-of-5 mark on man-up opportunities. Apgar also chipped in with three groundballs to round out his stat line. Brandon Warren finished the night with 10 saves to record his fifth double-digit save performance of the season.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, April 13 when it travels just up the road to take on Eastern Shore rival Washington (Md.) College for the annual Charles B. Clark Cup game. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.