Burton leads Sea Gulls to 13-4 win over Tigers

Burton leads Sea Gulls to 13-4 win over Tigers

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team was led by an eight-point performance from junior James Burton to take a 13-4 victory over Hampden-Sydney College on Wednesday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.

Burton scored the Sea Gulls' first two goals, netting the first one less than two minutes into the game on a low shot after driving down the middle of the Tigers' defense. He then scored at the 8:57 mark with a shot from 10 yards on the left side for a 2-0 lead.

Hampden-Sydney answered on the following faceoff to cut the lead, but goals from senior Kyle Goss and junior Thomas Cirillo gave Salisbury a 4-1 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Goss pushed the lead to 3-1, taking a pass from Burton and scoring on the crease with 3:16 left, before Cirillo drove down the middle and bounced a shot past the keeper 60 seconds later.

Goss finished the game with a hat trick, after netting the Gulls' first two goals of the second quarter, converting on a one-on-one chance with the Tigers' keeper at the 12:36 mark, set up by anther Burton pass, before scoring a low shot on the right side of the crease after a pass from senior Sean Fitzgerald with seven minutes left in the half.

Burton added his third just over one minute later, hitting from the left wing, before giving Salisbury an 8-1 halftime lead with 16 seconds left in the second quarter, driving left for a score in the right side of the goal.

At the half, Salisbury led in shots, 29-8, and had won 7-of-11 faceoffs, while picking up 17 ground balls to the Tigers' 10. The Sea Gulls had also converted on all eight clears.

Burton opened the second half with a goal just 30 seconds into the third quarter, driving right, dodging past his defender, and finding the top-left corner of the cage for his team-leading fifth goal of the game.

The Sea Gulls scored three more goals in the third, with two coming from sophomore Carson Kalama and one from Fitzgerald to take a 12-3 lead into the final quarter, where Fitzgerald added another to cap the win.

Burton paced the team with the career-high eight points, while Fitzgerald and Goss both added four.

Senior Connor Anderson earned his first win in the cage, making seven saves in all 60 minutes, while the Salisbury defense held the Tigers to only 11 shots on goal.

Salisbury hits the road for its next game, traveling to St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday, March 14 for the Gulls' first Capital Athletic Conference contest; the opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.

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