Sea Gulls defeat Spartans for first CAC victory
SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team opened Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday with a 9-3 victory over York College of Pennsylvania at Sea Gull Stadium.
Three Sea Gulls paced the team with two goals each, as Salisbury (6-2, 1-0 CAC) had six different players score in the game.
Junior attackman Rhett DePol netted the first goal of the game by taking a pass from sophomore attackman Wade Korvin from behind the cage and dumping the ball past the Spartans' goalie. Wade Korvin, one of the Gulls with two goals, had a hand in three of SU's first-quarter goals by scoring one and gathering two assists.
After freshman attackman Brady Dashiell ripped a shot into the back of the net after dodging a defender down the left side, Wade Korvin, assisted junior midfielder Greg Korvin for a score similar to DePol's, before closing the scoring in the first with his own goal.
After the Sea Gulls took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, York outscored Salisbury, 2-1, in the second quarter to cut the Gulls' lead at halftime. Sophomore midfielder James Burton ripped a shot from the left wing for Salisbury's goal, giving the Gulls a 5-3 lead at the half.
At the break, Salisbury outshot the Spartans 17-14, held them to only one successful man-up situation in three attempts and won 7-of-9 face offs.
York, which had three different players score in the game, added its final goal 31 seconds into the second half, but the Sea Gull defense clamped down from there, while senior midfielder Eric Kluge drove right and beat the goalie at the 11:55 mark to start SU's four-goal run to end the game.
Wade Korvin, who led the team with four points, added his second at the end of the third quarter, and Burton and Greg Korvin both added their second scores in the fourth to cap off the win. Greg Korvin's goal came on an athletic wrap-around diving shot from behind the right side of the cage, as he ran from left to right behind the goal.
Senior face-off specialist Tyler Granelli had another good day at the "X," winning 13-of-15 face offs in the game, including 6-of-6 in the second half, for an .866 winning percentage.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor earned the win, playing all 60 minutes in the goal, while making five saves.
Salisbury will be back in action on Sunday, as it travels to Roanoke College to take on the Maroons; the game is set for 1 p.m.