Men's lacrosse beats Mary Washington, 9-4, on the road

Men's lacrosse beats Mary Washington, 9-4, on the road

FREDRICKSBURG, Va. – The No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team moved to 2-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play with a 9-4 road victory over the University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas Cirillo and Brendan Bromwell led the way for Salisbury (9-0), tallying three points each. Cirillo went for three goals, while Bromwell had two goals and one assist on the day.

The Eagles opened up the scoring just over six minutes into the game, but Carson Kalama responded a minute and a half later to cap the scoring in the first quarter at one a side.

Mary Washington got the lead back with a second-quarter Drew Carlson goal. However, that was the Eagles' last lead as Cirillo connected on two-in-a row and Bromwell put in his first to put Salisbury up 4-2 at the break.

At the half, Salisbury was outshooting Mary Washington 15-7, and held a 24-16 edge in groundballs. Attackman Nathan Blondino finished the contest with 11 groundballs, besting his previous career high of six groundballs in a game.

Like the first quarter, each team only cashed in one goal in the third quarter. Cirillo completed the hat trick less than two minutes into the stanza, for what stood as the game-winning goal.

Mike Mason buried one for Mary Washington with 10:30 left in the third, but 15 minutes would come and go until the next goal for either side.

Jake Rotman opened up the fourth quarter scoring five minutes in, connecting off a Kevin Bartenfelter feed.

Salisbury then got three more goals in a row, with Bromwell, Kalama, and Garrett Reynolds all converting on shots to bring the Salisbury lead to 9-3 and end the Gulls' offensive output on the day.

With a late Jack Carver goal, Mary Washington moved the score to 9-4 as the Eagles spread out their scoring all contest, getting one goal per quarter.

Duncan Campbell had a great game from the faceoff dot, going 13-for-16 (.813 percent) to control possession for Salisbury. His seven groundballs trailed only Blondino's mark, as a part of the 61 groundball performance for Salisbury. The 61 groundballs is the most for a Salisbury team since scooping up 64 against Wesley College during the 2014 season.

Joshua Dean got the win in net for Salisbury with a four-save performance, while Same Wasson took the loss with nine saves.

The Gulls are back in action on Friday, March 25 when they host Roanoke College. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m.

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