February 22, 2014

Defense gives shut-down effort as Sea Gulls defeat Pride, 11-3

CHESTER, Pa. - The No. 4 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team used a dominating defensive performance to take down No. 19 Widener University on Saturday afternoon, 11-3.

The Sea Gulls jumped out to an early lead, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of the game.

Senior attackman Luke Phipps got the offense going, running from the right side towards the middle of the box and ripping a low shot for the score.

Just over one minute later, at the 12:07 mark, junior attackman Mike Kane took advantage of a fastbreak chance, getting the ball on the crease for his first goal; he led the team with three goals and four points in the game.

To give SU the 3-0 lead, Phipps found junior midfielder Sean Fitzgerald on a pick-and-roll play that ended with Fitzgerald netting a shot from the right wing. 

Widener was able to cut the lead to 3-2 with two scores late in the quarter, but Salisbury would open up a four-goal second quarter and hold the Pride scoreless to take a 7-2 lead into halftime.

Senior midfielder Donovan Lange opened the second with a rip from 15 yards out at the 13:06 mark, before Kane would take a pass from senior attackman Rhett DePol less than a minute later to push the lead back to three.

With 3:34 left in the half, Lange would net his second on a pass from Kane in a man-up situation, hitting the back of the cage from the right wing.

Senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick found the goal with just 18 seconds left in the first half, giving SU the five-goal lead; the team led in shots, 30-10, ground balls, 13-11, and faceoffs won, 6-of-11, in the first half.

Widener scored the only goal of the third quarter, and it would be its last. The Salisbury defense clamped down to hold the Pride scoreless in the fourth quarter, as well, as junior defender Knute Kraus and junior long-stick midfielder Marty Wallace tied to lead the team with two caused turnovers each in the game, while senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor made 12 saves.

Kane and Fitzgerald each added their final goals in the fourth quarter, while senior midfielder Greg Korvin and sophomore midfielder Connor Summers each added one, as well; the goal is Summers' first with the Sea Gulls.

Taylor earned the victory in the game, playing all 60 minutes to improved to 3-0 on the year.

Salisbury will return home on Wednesday to host McDaniel College in its next game; the opening faceoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

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