Dominant first half leads Sea Gulls past Spartans in CAC finale

Dominant first half leads Sea Gulls past Spartans in CAC finale

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 10 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team closed out its regular-season home schedule on Wednesday night in a Capital Athletic Conference clash with York College of Pennsylvania, taking a 19-6 victory at Sea Gull Stadium to clinch the No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament.

Sophomore Carson Kalama exploded out of the gates, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of the game to begin a dominant first half for the Sea Gulls. Kalama finished the game with six goals to lead the team.

He netted the first after picking up a ground ball on the crease off a save just 2:02 into the game, before he scored twice in a 16-second span to push the lead to 3-0.

Kalama's second came on a pass from sophomore Nathan Blondino from the left side, before sophomore Andrew Ternahan found Kalama on the crease for a man-up score just after the following faceoff.

After junior Thomas Cirillo ripped his first from the right wing, Ternahan linked up with Kalama again for a transition score for a 5-0 advantage with 7:55 left in the first quarter.

Senior Kyle Goss and junior James Burton each scored, sandwiching Cirillo's second, to close the first quarter with an 8-0 lead.

Salisbury got right back to work in the second quarter, scoring seven in the first five minutes.

Senior Mike Kane assisted the first three, finding Cirillo on the right wing for a low shot at the 13:36 mark. Just 31 seconds later, Kane dished to Kalama from behind the goal for a 10-0 lead.

Blondino followed less than one minute later on the left side of the crease on Kane's third assist, before Kane netted his first, curling around the left side of the crease and hitting a low shot with 12:15 left in the half.

The 7-0 run was capped by senior Sean Fitzgerald, Kalama, and Cirillo on unassisted scores to take a 15-0 advantage with 10:20 to play.

Burton added his second, before junior Christian Ottenritter closed the first half with his first to take a 17-0 lead into the break.

The Salisbury defense matched the strong play of the offensive end, allowing only five shots for the Spartans in the first half to Salisbury's 28. The Sea Gulls also led in ground balls 26-9 and faceoffs, winning 15-of-19.

The second half began with a goal from sophomore Chris Joyce just 19 seconds into the third quarter, and freshman Daniel Long tallied Salisbury's final score at the 7:32 mark of the period.

The Spartans netted their first with 2:41 left in the third, as they scored the final six goals of the contest; York was led by Tyler Hutson with four.

Cirillo finished second on the team with four goals, while Kane tallied four points, as well, with the goal and three assists.

Senior Connor Anderson tallied his 10th win of the season, playing the first half and making two saves, while freshman Kyle Tucker and junior Davis Anderson paced the defense with three caused turnovers each.

The Sea Gulls travel to Washington (Md.) College on Saturday, April 18 to close out their regular season, taking on the Shoreman for the annual battle for the Charles B. Clark cup; the opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.

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