Men's lacrosse dominates throughout en route to 27-7 conference win over Southern Virginia

Men's lacrosse dominates throughout en route to 27-7 conference win over Southern Virginia

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team improved to 9-0 (3-0 Capital Athletic Conference) on the season with a 27-7 win over Southern Virginia University in conference play on Saturday afternoon.

Salisbury got out to a 9-1 lead at the end of the first quarter as Nick Garbarino continued his impressive season with four goals in the opening period. Salisbury had the first six goals of the game in less than five minutes with the sixth coming off the stick of Troy Miller before the Knights struck with a Casey Rich tally at 9:34 on the man up.

Garbarino ended his day with seven goals on just nine shots.

Salisbury continued to impose its will on the Knights (4-4, 2-2 CAC) in the second quarter as the teams went into the locker room with Salisbury up 16-3. Also at the break the Gulls held the edge in shots (35-6), faceoffs won (15-6), and groundballs (31-11). Duncan Campbell controlled the X all half and picked up nine groundballs by the break.

Nathan Blondino also had a big first half with four goals and one assist. In the first half the starting attack of Blondino, Garbarino, and Carson Kalama combined for 11 goals on just 15 shots.

The Sea Gulls held SVU scoreless in the third quarter, while picking up seven goals of their own with many of the reserves getting minutes.

The Knights added four goals in the fourth quarter but Salisbury had already done all the damage it needed to keep the home side's upset bid out of reach.

Griffin Moroney (two goals), Kevin McDermott (two goals and one assist), and Kalama (two goals and one assist) were the other Gulls to notch multiple goals in the win as 15 Sea Gulls had found twine by the final whistle.

Miller, Zach Pompea, Brad Greik, John Wheeler, and Clark Stephenson all scored their first goals of the season in the conference win with the Greik and Stephenson goals being the first of their careers.

In all Salisbury outshot SVU 61-17 and the defense held the home side to just 10 shots on cage. The defense also helped account for a 56-21 advantage in groundballs with Campbell ending with a game high 10 groundballs.

The man-up unit for the Gulls continued to fire on all cylinders with a 3-for-4 day. The Gulls pieced together two runs during the game of at least five goals, with the longest being an 11-0 run that stretched from 6:11 in the second quarter to 14:17 of the fourth quarter.

Salisbury is back in action tomorrow, March 26 against No. 18 Roanoke College. That game will be played at Roanoke at 2 p.m.

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