SALISBURY, Md. – The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team used a strong defensive effort and a 13-goal showing to take down Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University, 13-3, on Salisbury's Lax for Leukemia Youth Day and first game in the brand-new Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The defense held Frostburg to just eight shots on goal and 19 shots total (including a 10-shot fourth quarter) en route to the victory. Aaron Leeds had a career day, causing six turnovers and scooping up seven groundballs. Kyle Tucker, in addition to holding Frostburg's leading scorer Spencer Love to zero points, had six groundballs and two caused turnovers. Will Nowesnick continued his big sophomore campaign with three groundballs and three caused turnovers.
At the defensive midfield, the group of Andrew Ternahan, Preston Dabbs, and Davis Anderson all had big games as well; the trio combined for eight groundballs and three caused turnovers to go along with their lock-down defense. Ternahan also added an assist in the win.
Colin Reymann was the Gulls' last line of defense on the day and stopped two-thirds of the shots fired his way to pick up the win.
Salisbury started out with a big first quarter, taking an early 5-0 lead.
Perhaps the most exciting goal of the game came in transition off a huge hit from Dabbs. The Bobcats were amidst a clear and a defender tried to pass it to one of the midfielders, but Dabbs timed the pass and lowered his shoulder into the chest of the Frostburg player, dislodging the ball. Off the groundball, Nathan Blondino found himself all alone in front of the cage and finished it to complete the play.
Frostburg opened up the second quarter with more energy and was able to cut into the Gulls' lead. Outscoring Salisbury 2-1 in the quarter, Frostburg brought the score to 6-2 at the half as Blondino added another for Salisbury.
Blondino started the second-half scoring less than two minutes in to cap his scoring output for the day at three.
Just minutes later, Cirillo found Carson Kalama near the crease, and Kalama was able to beat the keeper to get his 33rd goal of the year. The goal also stood as Kalama's 100th career goal for Salisbury.
James Burton and Brady Dashiell added goals to put Salisbury up, 10-2 heading into the last quarter. On Burton's goal, he posted up his defender on the right wing and in one-quick motion, lowered his shoulder around the defender and shot it sidearm to the top-right corner. Burton added two assists on the day to increase his CAC-leading mark to 33 on the season. Also, the three-point day moves his point total to 51, three points higher than the 48 that got him second-team all-conference a season ago.
Coming in, Frostburg faceoff specialist Erik Geiser was in the top five in the nation for faceoff percentage, but Salisbury's Duncan Campbell had a signature game, going 11-for-17 (.647 percent) on the day and scooping up five groundballs.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, April 13 as it goes on the road to take on No. 4 York College of Pennsylvania at 4 p.m. If Salisbury beats the Spartans, it would secure home-field advantage throughout the CAC playoffs.