Salisbury defeats Colorado College, 16-5, to move onto NCAA quarterfinal

Salisbury defeats Colorado College, 16-5, to move onto NCAA quarterfinal

SALISBURY, Md. – The third-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team brought down the Colorado College Tigers, 16-5, on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium in NCAA Division III second-round play to advance to the quarterfinal round.

The Tigers struck first with 8:45 left in the first quarter, but Nathan Blondino ​got things going for Salisbury a little over two minutes later, dodging from the right wing and beating his man before his bounced it in to even the score.

In the next two and a half minutes, both Nick Garbarino and James Burton also tacked on goals for the Gulls to go up 3-1. Both Garbarino and Burton finished the day with three goals.

Salisbury kept rolling in the second quarter as Blondino got the quarter's scoring going just over a minute in as Brendan Bromwell was top left and got his defender crossed up before dishing it through the middle of the defense to a wide open Blondino on the crease.

Following Blondino's goal, the Gulls outscored the Tigers 5-2 the rest of the half. Two of those came off the stick of Carson Kalama as the junior ended the day with three goals.

Up 9-3 at the half, Salisbury had a strong edge in most statistical categories, most notably groundballs (25-15) and shots (33-8). Salisbury would end the day with 50 groundballs, its second-straight game with 50 or more, while just the third time all season the feat has occurred.

Salisbury locked down on defense in the third as it did not concede a goal, but added three of its own. Garbarino, Kalama, and Burton tallied the three.

Garbarino's came in transition as Jake Rotman stormed down field and got it into the offense zone before slipping it down to a cutting Garbarino who buried it between the keeper's legs.

The other two goals in the third were assisted by Blondino, who finished the day with two goals and three assists to bring his point total to 91 on the season.

In a physical fourth quarter the teams started off by trading two back-and-forth goals apiece to bring the score to 14-5 before goals from Bromwell and Garbarino closed it out.

The highlight of the fourth quarter was without a doubt the Gulls'14th on the evening. Aaron Leeds stripped his man in the defensive zone and pushed it forward to Andrew Ternahan. Ternhan took it down to the offensive zone and had just a short stick between him and the net. The junior long-stick midfielder gave the defender a spin move and tucked his stick to protect it around the turn before putting it down low for the tally.

Ternahan also added six groundballs and two caused turnovers to go along with his goal and an assist from earlier in the contest, while Leeds came away with four groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Behind Ternahan for groundballs was Kyle Tucker, who played lockdown defense all game en route to a five groundball, four caused turnover performance.

T.J. Logue took 13 of the teams 25 faceoffs and won eight to go along with four groundballs in the win.

Colin Reymann notched the win in net, stopping five shots, while allowing five goals for his 10th victory this season.

The Gulls now advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals and will face the winner of the Denison University, Aurora University contest. The game is set for May 18 at a time and place that is yet to be determined.

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