Blondino, Kalama lead Salisbury to 17-2 conference win over Wesley

Blondino, Kalama lead Salisbury to 17-2 conference win over Wesley

DOVER, Del. – The No. 13 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team used six-goal second and third quarters to take a 17-2 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Wesley College on the road on Wednesday night.

The teams felt each other out over the first seven minutes of the game, with the Sea Gulls getting off three early shots, and the Wolverines tallying two, but it was Salisbury to strike first. Senior Mike Kane put away his 16th goal of the season, on a pass from sophomore Carson Kalama, to break the tie and take a 1-0 lead.

It only took the Gulls 50 seconds to double the lead. Wesley won the faceoff, but sophomore Brendan Bromwell forced a turnover to give the Salisbury offense control again, as junior James Burton found senior Sean Fitzgerald for the second goal.

Bromwell then assisted sophomore Griffin Melzer with 1:51 left in the opening quarter, giving the Sea Gulls a 3-0 advantage heading into the second.

Kane netted his second to start the scoring in the second quarter, before Wesley got on the board with 10:12 left in the half to cut the lead back to three, 4-1.

After a man-up score from junior Thomas Cirillo to regain a four-goal advantage, the Sea Gulls went on a four-goal run in the final 6:24 of the half. Senior Kyle Goss netted his first to start the stretch, Bromwell and Kalama each added one for their second points, and Cirillo capped the half for a 9-1 lead at the break with his second of the game.

At halftime, the Sea Gulls led in shots 27-4, ground balls 27-17, and faceoffs, winning 8-of-12.

Salisbury pushed the advantage to double digits in the first five minutes of the third quarter, with Cirillo finding Kalama less than two minutes into the second half, before Kane netted his third, as Cirillo added a second-straight assist, at the 10:27 mark for an 11-1 lead.

With three-straight goals assisted by sophomore Nathan Blondino, the Gulls continued to build their lead to 14-1, as Kalama netted two of the scores, before Blondino cashed in off an assist from junior Preston Dabbs with 55 seconds left in the third quarter for a 15-1 lead heading into the fourth.

Kalama finished the game with a team-high four goals, while tallying five points, and Blondino led the team with six points and five assists, aided by the big third quarter.

Sophomore Kevin McDermott and junior Jake Rotman capped the Salisbury scoring, sandwiching Wesley's second goal, to take the Sea Gulls to their fourth conference win of the season.

The Salisbury defense, led by Dabbs and junior Davis Anderson with three caused turnovers each, held the Wolverines to only 13 shots in the game.

Senior Connor Anderson took the win, playing 40:04 in the cage, while making three saves on only four shots faced.

The Sea Gulls return home to Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, April 4 for a CAC matchup with Marymount (Va.) University. The team will host its second Lax for Leukemia Youth Day during the game, which is set for 1 p.m.

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