Salisbury defeats Stevenson 12-9 for 17th CAC championship
SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team is the Capital Athletic Conference champion for the 17th time after defeating No. 4 Stevenson University 12-9 on Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium.
The contest was the final CAC tournament meeting between the two programs as Stevenson is moving to the Middle Atlantic Conference after this season. The Sea Gulls have won 17-of-18 conference titles since joining the CAC.
Salisbury got on the scoreboard first as senior attackman Matt Cannone netted a pass from senior attackman Erik Krum. Cannone led the team with seven points and six assists in the game. The Mustangs took the lead back with two goals, including one from their leading scorer midfielder Justin Lea who scored three in the game.
The Sea Gulls regained the advantage with a six-goal run that lasted from 7:57 left in the first quarter until 5:31 in the second quarter. Senior midfielder Cory Nowak, the team leader with four goals in the game, tallied three of his scores during the run.
After taking a 7-2 lead in the second quarter, the Sea Gull offense sputtered and Stevenson ripped off four-straight goals to cut the Gulls' lead to 7-6 at halftime.
At the half, Salisbury was outshot by the Mustangs 18-15 but had the advantage on faceoffs and clears by winning 9-of-15 at the X and was successful on 7-of-9 clears.
Senior midfielder Sam Bradman netted all three of his goals in the second half to keep the Sea Gulls on top of the Mustangs for the remainder of the game.
Krum started the third quarter with his third goal of the game, and with that goal, he moved past former Sea Gull Matt Hickman as the No. 10 all-time career goal scorer with 143.
Salisbury took a 10-8 lead into the final quarter, and two goals from Bradman capped off the win for the Gulls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the victory playing the entire game in the cage and making seven saves.
Salisbury will next be in action in the NCAA tournament. The field for the tournament will be announced next week; visit www.suseagulls.com for more information as it becomes available.