Kane, Joyce lead SU to 24-1 season-opening victory

Kane, Joyce lead SU to 24-1 season-opening victory

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team opened its 2015 season on Saturday afternoon, taking a 24-1 victory over Greensboro College in convincing fashion at Sea Gull Stadium.

The game marked the first time that the Sea Gulls have only allowed one goal since the 2012 national championship season, when SU defeated McDaniel College 22-1 on February 29.

Junior James Burton found the back of the net at the 12:23 mark of the first quarter to give Salisbury its initial lead on Saturday, driving right for a low shot past the keeper.

The advantage quickly jumped to 4-0, as SU netted three goals in just over one minute of action, with senior Sean Fitzgerald ripping a shot from the left wing for Salisbury's second goal with 7:41 left in the frame.

After a Pride turnover, sophomore Andrew Ternahan found sophomore Chris Joyce in transition 33 seconds later, before sophomore Christian Ottenritter drove right and scored low to complete the run.

Joyce scored the final goal of the quarter to give SU a 5-0 lead after the first; Joyce finished the game with a team-high six goals and an assist to tie for the team lead with seven points. Senior Mike Kane also tallied seven with four goals and three assists.

Fitzgerald added his second goal to start the second quarter, driving left and finding the top-right corner from 10 yards out, and Kane followed with his first two goals, scoring two consecutive on the crease for an 8-0 lead.

After Joyce's third goal and goals from junior Thomas Cirillo and freshman Chase Berquist, the first of his collegiate career, Salisbury held an 11-0 lead at halftime.

At the break, the Gulls were outshooting the Pride 35-3 and leading the ground-ball margin 25-9. SU also won 8-of-12 faceoffs in the first half.

The Sea Gulls came out shooting in the second half, scoring five goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Burton opened with a shot from the right wing just 56 seconds into the period.

Ottenritter followed less than one minute later with his second, before Kane added his third just 15 seconds after that.

Sophomore Carson Kalama netted his first of the year on a man-up chance, and Joyce capped the run in transition off a pass from junior Preston Dabbs. Joyce added two more in the quarter, as SU led 20-0 heading into the fourth quarter.

Greensboro got on the board to open the fourth, as Blaine Wise netted the first goal of the frame, but SU tallied four more to cap the win. Berquist added his second, sophomore Griffin Melzer tallied two, and freshman Garrett Reynolds scored the first of his career as a Sea Gull.

Salisbury totaled 63 shots in the contest, while winning 19-of-28 faceoffs and scoring on 2-of-4 man-up opportunities, while the SU defense, led by seniors Knute Kraus and Austin Kemp and junior Danny Sherr only allowed 14 Greensboro shots in the game and caused 17 turnovers.

Senior Dan Feeney earned his first start in the cage, playing the first half and making one save, as all five SU goalkeepers saw time in the game.

Salisbury next travels to No. 8 Lynchburg College for a battle of top-10 teams on Saturday, February 14; the opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.

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