SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 13 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team hosted its Lax for Leukemia Youth Day and celebrated Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium, picking up a 20-6 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Marymount (Va.) University.
The Sea Gulls attacked early and often, but had four shots hit off the crossbar in the first five minutes of the game, keeping it scoreless, but sophomore Brendan Bromwell found the net at the 8:37 mark with a shot from the left wing for the 1-0 lead.
Just over one minute later, junior Thomas Cirillo found sophomore Carson Kalama on the crease to double the lead. Cirillo and Kalama tied with senior Sean Fitzgerald to lead the team with five points, each, in the game.
After the Saints got on the scoreboard to cut the lead to 2-1, sophomore Nathan Blondino, in his first start of the season, took a pass from Fitzgerald to score on the crease in a man-up chance to take a 3-1 lead into the second quarter. It was the first of five man-up scores for the Gulls, as they converted on 5-of-6 man-up opportunities in the game.
Salisbury quickly pushed the lead to 5-1 with two goals in the first minute of the second quarter, with Kalama netting his second on the crease off a pass from Blondino just 16 seconds in. Cirillo then tallied his first just 34 seconds later from the left wing for another man-up score on an assist by Fitzgerald. Cirillo led the team with four goals in the game, while Fitzgerald led with four assists.
The Sea Gulls tallied six total goals in the second quarter to open up the score, with Kalama tallying his third and Bromwell and Cirillo both adding their seconds in the final eight minutes before halftime.
With a 9-1 lead at the break, Salisbury led in shots 31-7 and ground balls 20-12, while converting all 12 clearing chances and all three man-up chances and winning 8-of-11 faceoffs.
Fitzgerald opened the second half, driving left and planting a shot into the right side of the cage at the 12:34 mark. On the ensuing faceoff, the teams fought for possession, and the ball was pushed into Marymount's defensive end to the crease, as sophomore Andrew Ternahan collected the ground ball and quickly flicked the ball of the Saints' keeper just 11 seconds later for an 11-1 advantage.
Just over one minute later, Bromwell capped his hat trick, continuing to build the lead, as the Sea Gulls opened up for a nine-goal third quarter.
With Cirillo and junior James Burton each scoring two in the final 9:45 of the period to power the offensive outburst, Salisbury took an 18-3 lead into the fourth.
Senior Connor Anderson played just over 32 minutes in the goal to earn the win, making two saves in the process for his seventh win of the season.
Before the game, seniors Marty Wallace, Knute Kraus, Dan Feeney, Kyle Goss, Patrick Cleary, Mike Kane, Austin Kemp, Fitzgerald, and Anderson were honored for their time with the men's lacrosse program.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, April 8 at Sea Gull Stadium to host CAC opponent Christopher Newport University; the game is set for 7 p.m.