Gulls sail past Captains, 19-5, in CAC action

Gulls sail past Captains, 19-5, in CAC action

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team took a midweek trip to No. 20 Christopher Newport University and won 19-5 in Capital Athletic Conference play.

Salisbury notched the first goal just over two minutes in. Off a groundball scrum in front of the net, Carson Kalama came away with a big groundball and the Gulls moved the ball around the offensive zone quickly and with the defense out of place, Brendan Bromwell dodged to his right and stuck one off his alley dodge for his 19th of the season.

The Captains then used two long possessions to score twice in a row to go up 2-1, with 7:38 remaining in the opening quarter. Keeping to its game plan, CNU slowed the game the rest of the quarter and used a few key stops on outside shots by keeper Matt Hayden to stay up one going into the second. Hayden ended the game with 16 stops.

Starting the second, the Gulls attacked the Captains backline in a more deliberate manner and got a quick marker from Thomas Cirillo and they added another two minutes later from Brady Dashiell.

James Burton assisted on Dashiell's goal to notch his 100th career point.

Salisbury kept up the pressure as Nathan Blondino found Garrett Reynolds on the back door to go up 4-2; Salisbury's third goal in the opening five minutes of the second quarter.

Following another tally from Dashiell, Burton found Blondino on the door step and Blondino buried it with 7:54 left in the half. Just nine seconds later, Blondino went for his second of the day as Duncan Campbell won the faceoff forward and pushed it to Blondino who buried it low.

Four more Sea Gull goals sent the teams to half with Salisbury having an 11-2 lead, as Salisbury outscored the Captains 10-0 in the quarter.

At the break, Blondino had five goals and one assist as he scored all five goals in the last eight minutes of the half.

Salisbury kept things going in the third as it cracked the scoring column at 12:43 and 12:06 from Bromwell and Cirillo to go up 13-2.

Up two men, the Captain's tallied their third of the game, and with two minutes left in the quarter, their fourth off a transition goal to bring the score to 13-4 going into the last quarter.

Bromwell opened up the fourth quarter scoring, before Andrew Ternahan found the top-left corner from deep with the long pole to tally the Gulls' first man-down goal of the year. Ternahan ended the day with six groundballs and three caused turnovers to go along with his marker.

Following Ternahan's tally, Salisbury outscored the Captains 4-1 the rest of the way to come away with the 19-5 victory.

Salisbury had four players accumulate five or more points as Cirillo went for four goals and one assist, Bromwell had three goals and two assists, Blondino had his five goals and one assist, and Burton exploded for two goals and a career-high six assists.

The starting defense of Will Nowesnick, Kyle Tucker, and Aaron Leeds all had tremendous outings, holding the Captains to just 24 shots on the day. Nowesnick had six groundballs and three caused turnovers, while Leeds had five groundballs and one caused turnover.

Blondino ended the contest tied with Ternahan and Nowesnick with a game-high six groundballs.

Colin Reymann got the start in net for Salisbury and stopped a career-high 10 shots (.667 save percentage) to pick up the win. Going for another career high, Reymann scooped up five groundballs.

The Gulls are back in action on Saturday, April 9 against Frostburg State University at 1 p.m. That game will serve as the team's Lax for Leukemia Youth Day.

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