SALEM, Va. – The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team took on No. 18 Roanoke College on Sunday afternoon in both team's second game in as many days and defeated the Maroons, 15-10 in the road contest.
Nathan Blondino got the Gulls' (10-0) first two goals of the game with his second coming off a clear where Aaron Leeds delivered a 60 yard pass onto the stick of Carson Kalama, who quickly found Blondino on the edge of the restraining box. Blondino saw that Roanoke (7-2) keeper Ian Davies was out of his cage so Blondino let it go from distance to go up 2-1 at the 10:30 mark.
After Blondino got the first two, Corey Gwin had two of his own with the highlight coming when he drove from X to his left hand and threw a stick fake that made the defender leave Gwin thinking he had passed the ball off. Gwin then composed himself and stepped into the shot from 10 yards out and blew it past Davies to the high-right portion of the net. Gwin would finish the game with three goals for his first-career hat trick.
Colin Reymann was the Gulls' star of the first quarter, getting seven stops as the Maroons had some great looks on net. At game's end, Reymann picked up his 10th win of the season while stopping a career-high 16 shots. His previous high was 15 which he did on two occasions last season, including the national championship game.
Carson Kalama came alive in the second quarter as the Gulls opted to push uneven situations and Kalama found himself open on the doorstep multiple times. Kalama had a hat trick in the second quarter with Salisbury outscoring the Maroons, 5-4 to be up 9-5 at halftime. Kalama capped off the scoring in the half when Adam Huber let one go from 15 yards out that Davies saved, but the velocity of the Huber shot bounced the ball off Davies' mesh of his stick into the air. Kalama and Davies both vied for the ball but Kalama got his stick in to nab the loose ball before it hit the turf and buried it.
Junior Will Nowesnick had a standout half on close defense, scooping up two groundballs and adding three caused turnovers.
Salisbury continued to push the transition in the second half. The Sea Gulls' defense killed off a penalty early in the third quarter and Andrew Ternahan then caused a Maroon turnover and raced down field where he found Nick Garbarino on the crease for his second of the day.
Salisbury's eighth goal of the game came in the second quarter and it went for seven unanswered goals until Roanoke struck at 5:49 in the third quarter to make the score 14-6. Salisbury got the first five goals of the third quarter with Garbarino accounting for four of them.
Garbarino ended his day with four goals and one assist. On the weekend, Garbarino finished with 11 goals and one assist after his seven goal performance yesterday against Southern Virginia University. The starting attack of Blondino (two goals and two assists), Kalama (five goals and one assist), and Garbarino finished the game with 11 goals and three assists for 14 points.
Roanoke opened the fourth quarter's scoring but Salisbury regained its eight-goal lead with Kalama putting home a Josh Melton feed from 10 yards out with 10:29 to play. Roanoke then ended with the game's last three goals but it was too little too late and the maroon and gold overpowered the Maroons for the win.
Duncan Campbell had another big day at the faceoff dot, winning 50 percent of his draws and getting a game-high seven groundballs. Ternahan and Pax Howard both performed well at long-stick midfield with Ternahan scooping up three groundballs and causing two turnovers, while Howard contributed three groundballs and one caused turnover of his own. Kyle Tucker also chipped in three groundballs and one caused turnover in the victory.
Salisbury now returns to Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, March 30 against Wesley College with a 4 p.m. game.