CHESTERTOWN, Md. - The No. 10 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team secured the Charles B. Clark cup for another season on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Chestertown, Maryland and Washington (Md.) College for a 23-5 victory to close out its regular season.
Salisbury got off to another quick start for the second game in a row, as sophomore Nathan Blondino got the offense going just over one minute into the game with a goal on the left side after taking a pass in transition from junior Davis Anderson.
Less than one minute later at the 12:55 mark, senior Mike Kane backed down his defender to the crease on the right side for his first, before sophomore Andrew Ternahan picked up the ground ball on the following faceoff and scored just 10 seconds later for a 3-0 lead.
The lead was pushed to four at the 10:58 mark on sophomore Carson Kalama's first, coming on a pass to the crease from senior Sean Fitzgerald, before the Shoremen got on the board to get the score back to within three.
A goal from junior Jake Rotman, driving down the right side, gave Salisbury a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Fitzgerald struck just 65 seconds into the second quarter to put the lead at 6-1, but Washington responded a couple minutes later to cut the advantage back to four.
A 4-0 run for Salisbury ended the first half for a 10-2 halftime lead, as junior Christian Ottenritter began the stretch, driving left. His shot was initially saved, but the Shoremen keeper couldn't hold on, as the ball rolled into the cage.
Kalama and Rotman both added their second in the run, with Kalama's closing the half with a man-down score on the crease in transition 2:29 before the break.
At halftime, the Sea Gulls held a 25-14 edge in shots, with 17 on goal, and a 12-10 advantage in ground balls, while winning 8-of-14 faceoffs. Salisbury took five of the first six chances at the "X" to help build the quick lead.
Continuing the early scoring to begin the second half, Blondino netted his second on a man-up chance from the left wing at the 12:26 mark of the third quarter, beginning a stretch of three goals in three minutes for the Sea Gulls.
Burton netted his second from the left wing, before Kalama tallied his third on the crease on a pass from Blondino from behind the cage, giving Salisbury a 13-2 lead with 10:58 left in third.
Fitzgerald tallied a man-up score with just over four minutes left in the quarter, but Washington scored with 25 seconds left, as the Sea Gulls took a 14-3 lead into the final frame.
Burton netted his third to open a nine-goal fourth quarter for the Sea Gulls just 35 seconds into the period. Kalama tallied his team-leading fourth, and freshman Garrett Reynolds scored three in the quarter to help cap the win.
Kalama led the team with five points, while Blondino, Burton, and Fitzgerald all tallied four.
Senior Connor Anderson earned the win in the cage, playing over 45 minutes and making 10 saves in the effort
Salisbury now looks forward to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, as the tournament's No. 1 seed. With the top seed, the Sea Gulls earned a first-round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Saturday, April 25 and will play the winner of a first-round game on Wednesday, April 22. Log on to www.suseagulls.com for more information, as it becomes available.