SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 5 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up a top-five victory on Friday night over No. 2 Cabrini College, 15-11, under the lights at Sea Gull Stadium.
The Cavaliers put Salisbury in an early 2-0 hole in the first 5:08 of the game, with goals from Anthony DiSanzo and Mike Leyden.
The Sea Gulls answered with four straight to take the lead, which they would hold for the majority of the first half.
Junior midfielder Sean Fitzgerald drove left and ripped a high shot to put SU on the board. Less than one minute later, sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo tied the score, 2-2, with a score while driving down the right side.
With 5:41 left in the first quarter, senior attackman Rhett DePol gave Salisbury the lead, 3-2, with a shot from the left wing, before scoring from the same spot for a second-straight goal at the 1:59 mark.
Before the end of the first, Cabrini scored two more to tie the game, but two Sea Gull scores in the first five minutes of the second quarter put SU back on top.
Junior attackman Mike Kane took a pass on the crease for a turning shot to score just 1:10 into the frame, before senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick would drive right, dodge left and take a left-handed shot at the 12:06 mark to give the Gulls a 6-4 lead.
Cabrini cut the lead to 6-5 with 5:11 left in the half, but the Gulls took the lead into the break, while leading in shots, 20-11, and ground balls 16-12; both teams won 6-of-12 faceoffs.
Salisbury opened the second half on a 3-0 run to boost its lead to 9-6, on its way to a 6-2 third quarter to open up the score.
Senior midfielder Donovan Lange opened the half with a man-up score at the 14:43 mark, while senior attackman Luke Phipps and Cirillo followed with goals; SU scored the three opening goals in the first five minutes of the quarter.
After Cabrini grabbed its first of the second half, Phipps added his second on a running shot from 15 yards out. Kendrick then ripped a goal from the left wing with 4:36 left in the quarter.
The Cavaliers added their second with 2:42 left, but DePol gave Salisbury its 12-7 lead heading into the final frame, running around the left side of the crease, turning, and shooting.
Salisbury capped the win with two-straight goals from Phipps to start the fourth quarter and a score from senior midfielder Greg Korvin with 2:26 left in the game; Phipps led the team with four goals in the game, while DePol chipped in with three.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor earned the win, playing all 60 minutes with six saves in the contest.
Salisbury now looks forward to Saturday, as the Sea Gulls will host Southern Virginia University at Sea Gull Stadium; the opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m.