Cirillo delivers in OT to take down No. 9 Ohio Wesleyan

Cirillo delivers in OT to take down No. 9 Ohio Wesleyan

BETHESDA, Md. – With 1:50 remaining in the first overtime period Thomas Cirillo ripped a 13-yard shot off a James Burton feed and put it under the cross bar to give the No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team a 13-12 overtime victory over Ohio Wesleyan University at The Landon School on Sunday afternoon.

The first quarter scoring began with a Brendan Bromwell tally that he put up top with a shot on the run a minute into the game.

Ohio Wesleyan responded with three goals in the next seven minutes to bring the game to 3-1, which stood as the largest lead for either side in the back-and-forth affair. However Nick Garbarino and Burton cashed in goals to end the first quarter at a 3-3 tie.

The second quarter featured nine goals, with Carson Kalama opening the scoring off a Cirillo feed, and then adding an assist of his own late in the quarter to notch a career milestone.

Bromwell first took his defender down the right alley, stopped and switched to his left hand around 10 yards out and ripped a low to high goal that he blew past the keeper.

On the ensuing faceoff, Andrew Ternahan grabbed the groundball and moved it to Kalama. Kalama gave it right back to the long pole who found the back of the net with an outside shot.

The assist for Kalama marked his 100th career point as the junior finished the contest with two goals, one assist, and six groundballs.

At halftime, Salisbury was up 8-7 but held a decided edge in shots (26-13), groundballs (21-8), and turnovers (three to OWU's eight).

Cirillo connected on the first Sea Gull goal of the second half, going hard down the right alley and taking a well aimed shot that tucked inside the left pipe.

Garbarino added his last score of the game after the Battling Bishops brought the score to 9-9. The junior transfer was matched up with a short-stick defender on the right wing and lowered his shoulder to create space then took a quick shot that found the top-right corner.

Up 10-9 going into the fourth, the last scheduled quarter opened up with a flury. Kalama buried one 27 seconds in, and OWU responded with goals at 13:29 and 12:52 to tie it.

With under eight minuntes to go Garrett Reynolds dodged from the right wing and slipped under his defender and finished low to put Salisbury up.

Luke Leyden then tied the contest with just 1:20 left in the quarter but Salisbury had a chance to respond.

With a Duncan Campbell faceoff win following Leyden's goal, Salisbury had several attempts and eventually Nathan Blondino had an open look from the outside. Blondino took the shot with one second on the clock but Ben Danielli sacrificed his body for the Battling Bishops and dove in front of the shot to block it and send the game to overtime.

Controlling possession much of the overtime, Salisbury got on the man up, and working it around, Burton found Cirillo up top and the senior captain buried it top shelf to end the game.

Cirillo ended the contest with three goals and three assists, as he, Garbarino, Kalama, and Bromwell were the multiple-goal-scorers for Salisbury.

Just as Cirillo dominated the offensive play for Salisbury, Kyle Tucker had an equally impressive showing on the defensive end. Tucker shut down the Battling Bishops' All-American leading scorer, Marcus Dietz, in a physical matchup that was on display every Ohio Wesleyan possession. Tucker ended with two groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Aaron Leeds and Will Nowesnick also excelled at the close defense with Leeds grabbing three groundballs and getting two caused turnovers, and Nowesnick causing a turnover and locking down his mark all game.

Campbell continued his stellar season, going 16-27 from the faceoff X and scooping up seven groundballs.

In addition to Ternahan's two-point game, he added four groundballs and one caused turnover.

Joshua Dean got the win in net, going 45:47 minutes with one save, while Anthony Stavrakis tallied two saves in 18:13 minutes in the cage for Salisbury.

The Sea Gulls are back in action on Wednesday, March 9 when they travel to Stevenson University for a 7 p.m., showdown of ranked squads.

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