HUNTINGTOWN, Md. - The No. 17 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up its first Capital Athletic Conference victory in its conference opener 17-6 over St. Mary's College of Maryland at The Calverton School on Saturday afternoon.
After winning the opening faceoff, the Sea Gulls controlled much of the early minutes of the game, ripping off six shots in the first five minutes, while the Salisbury defense stifled the Seahawks offense for two turnovers and no shots.
Ending a scoreless first 5:47, senior Kyle Goss cashed in for the Gulls' first three goals, scoring the first off an assist from sophomore Brendan Bromwell. Goss quickly added his second just under two minutes later for a 2-0 lead with 7:33 left in the first quarter.
Salisbury added two more goals in the quarter, coming 25 seconds apart, as the Sea Gulls capitalized on a Seahawks' turnover and Goss notched his third.
Following the ensuing faceoff, senior Mike Kane put away the second for the four-goal lead before the second quarter.
Salisbury took advantage of three Seahawks penalties in the second period, on the way to a seven-goal quarter.
Junior Thomas Cirillo netted his first of the game at the 13:05 mark, and after two St. Mary's fouls, including a one-minute full-time cross-check, the Sea Gulls jumped at the 60-second man-up opportunity with three goals in that span.
Cirillo quickly added his second 23 seconds into the time, before Goss notched his fourth just 12 seconds later. Junior James Burton tallied the third with 11:23 left in the first half to complete the run for a 8-0 lead.
Sophomore Carson Kalama netted two of the final three scored in the quarter, including the fourth man-up score of the frame with 2:48 left to give Salisbury an 11-0 halftime lead.
At the break, the Sea Gulls had ripped off 32 shots, while the Salisbury defense held St. Mary's to only seven shots. Salisbury also had won all 13 faceoffs and was leading in the ground-ball margin 25-5.
The Sea Gull offense picked right back up in the third quarter, with two goals in the first minute of the quarter.
Kalama scored his third 36 seconds in, just before Cirillo capped his hat trick at the 14:02 mark.
After St. Mary's got on the board with its first goal, the Gulls and Seahawks traded two goals apiece to close the third quarter, with Kane scoring both for Salisbury, making him the fourth Sea Gull with a hat trick in the game.
Freshman Troy Miller scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in the fourth quarter to cap the victory over the Sea Gulls.
Goss paced the team with his four goals and six points, adding two assists, while senior Sean Fitzgerald led the team with four assists.
Senior Connor Anderson earned his second win in the game, making seven saves in 45 minutes in the cage, as all five Salisbury goalkeepers played in the game.
Salisbury continues on the road in its next game, taking on No. 5 Cabrini College on Wednesday, March 18; the game is set for 4 p.m.