Sea Gulls earn CAC championship bid behind Kane's five goals

Sea Gulls earn CAC championship bid behind Kane's five goals

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team punched its ticket for a chance to bring home its 18th Capital Athletic Conference championship with a win in Saturday's CAC semifinal game, 12-6, over Frostburg State University at Sea Gull Stadium.

Junior attackman Mike Kane led the Sea Gulls with five goals, while senior attackman Rhett DePol chipped in with four points (two goals and two assists).

SU (17-1) opened the scoring halfway through the first quarter; sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo drove right and planted a low shot in the cage at the 7:52 mark.

Just before the end of the first, Kane put away his first, taking a pass from DePol and scoring on the crease.

He added his second on an assist from junior midfielder Adam Stork to start the second quarter, before Frostburg (13-5) would score its first, as Salisbury held a 3-1 lead.

After DePol netted his first, the Bobcats put another shot in the cage to end the half, as Salisbury took a 4-2 lead into halftime; the Gulls led in shots, 22-13, faceoffs, 6-of-8, and ground balls, 18-11.

Salisbury opened the second half on a 3-1 run, with senior midfielder Donovan Lange driving right and scoring on a low shot to open the third quarter.

After Frostburg added a score at the 11:26 mark, DePol added his second just over one minute later, before senior attackman Luke Phipps took a pass from DePol and scored on the crease just 12 seconds later, pushing Salisbury's lead to 7-3.

The Bobcats ended the quarter on a 3-1 run to cut SU's lead to 8-6 heading into the final quarter; Chris Rios, the FSU leader with three goals, scored all three during the stretch.

Kane took over in the fourth to secure the win for Salisbury, scoring three goals. At the 11:32 mark, he picked up a ground ball off a save and put the ball back in the cage, and less than a minute later, senior midfielder Greg Korvin found him on the crease for another score.

Phipps found the cage for his second, before Kane capped the five-goal game with his final score with 43 seconds left.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor earned the win, making 10 saves in the game.

Salisbury will host the CAC championship game on Saturday, May 3, welcoming the winner of the other conference semifinal game between York College of Pennsylvania and University of Mary Washington; the game time is to be determined.

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