Salisbury set to host Spartans in CAC semifinal game

Salisbury set to host Spartans in CAC semifinal game

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 8 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team begins postseason play on Saturday, April 25, as the Sea Gulls will host a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal contest against York College of Pennsylvania; the opening faceoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

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How we got here

Salisbury enters the CAC tournament as the No. 1 seed, after going 8-0 in conference play this season. As the tournament's top seed, the Sea Gulls earned a first-round bye and home-field advantage through the CAC playoffs. The Gulls are coming off of a 23-5 victory at Washington (Md.) College on Saturday in the final game of the regular season. Sophomore Carson Kalama tallied five points on four goals and one assist to lead the team in the game.

How they got here

York finished the year with a 5-3 record in CAC play, earning the No. 4 seed in the CAC tournament. The Spartans hosted fifth-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday in first-round action, coming out with an 8-6 win. York scored two goals in each quarter, led by four from Tyler Hutson to take the game and advance to the CAC semifinals.

Series history

Salisbury has won all 19 previous contests between the two teams, including a three-game sweep of the Spartans in 2014. The Sea Gulls boast a 13-0 record at home when playing York and hold a 15-0 clip in conference play.

The last time we met

Salisbury and York met in the Gulls' final regular-season conference game and final regular-season home game, as the Sea Gulls took a 19-6 victory to lock up the No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament. Kalama scored four of Salisbury's first-five goals, as the Gulls scored early and often, before taking a 17-0 lead into halftime. Kalama led the team with six goals on only six shots, while junior Thomas Cirillo netted four scores.

Stepping in

Senior Connor Anderson took over as the starter in the goal in the fifth game of the season and has stepped in to become one of the best goalkeepers in the country. Holding a 13-2 record in his starts, while making 10 or more saves in four of them, Anderson boasts the best goals-allowed average in the country at 4.61 opponents' goals per game. He has made 82 saves on the year for a 62.6 save percentage.

Scouting York

York is led by its senior attackman Tyler Hutson with 75 points, 45 goals, and 30 assists, all of which lead the team. Hutson is scoring 4.12 points per game, ranking 42nd in the country. The Spartan's attack line is one of the best in the conference, as freshman Dillon Hannah and junior Andrew Gamble have also posted 47 and 44 points, respectively. Goalkeeper Caleb Abney has played over 884 minutes in the cage, while allowing 7.73 goals per game.

What's next

The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the conference championship game on Saturday, May 2 against the winner of the other semifinal contest between second-seeded Frostburg State University and sixth-seeded University of Mary Washington.

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