Gulls secure CAC first-round bye with 16-9 win over Frostburg

Gulls secure CAC first-round bye with 16-9 win over Frostburg

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team took their No. 1 national ranking on the road to Frostburg State University for a Capital Athletic Conference showdown and defeated the Bobcats 16-9.

The win secured a first-round bye in the CAC playoffs and ensured the Sea Gulls will play a CAC Semifinal game at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday, April 22.

The Gulls (14-0, 7-0 CAC) got things going just 56 seconds into the game as Josh Melton had the ball on the ride side of the offensive box and found Nick Garbarino seven yards out. Garbarino quickly got the ball out of his stick and found the top shelf for the early advantage.

Frostburg (8-5, 4-2 CAC) struck twice in a row to go up 2-1, but Adam Huber had the answer and tied up the game with a hard, lefty rip on the run down the left alley that found the back of the net. On the next possession, Andrew Ternahan sparked the offense, storming down field for a clear and staying in the offensive zone with his long pole. Eventually Garbarino found Ternahan, who turned down an open 10-yard shot to dish it to Carson Kalama who found the top-right corner from just off the crease. Ternahan had a great day overall as he also accounted for three grounballs and one caused turnover to go along with his assist.

Kalama ended his day with three goals on five shots while his line mate Garbarino had three goals while only taking three shots.

The Sea Gulls ran their lead up to 6-2 by the end of the first quarter, outscoring the home side 4-0 after it put up two in a row early in the period.

The Bobcats put a stop to Salisbury's four-goal run, striking first in the second quarter, but Nathan Blondino answered soon after as he isolated a short-pole defender up top and gave him several change-of-directions before putting the lefty shot inside the right pipe. Salisbury got back in the goal column just 15 seconds after the Blondino goal as Brendan Bromwell buried one on a man-up opportunity.

Kevin McDermott and Garbarino then scored to bring the score to 10-3 before the Bobcats got their fourth with 6:38 to go in the half. However, as was the case all half the Gulls had a quick response to any Bobcat goal. Blondino had the answer this time as he again had a short pole up top and got his hands free and blew one past the keeper from 12 yards out to go up 11-4.

The Blondino goal closed out the scoring for the first half. In the half Salisbury outshot the Bobcats 26-11 and won the groundball battle, 18-13.

Blondino has been a menace to opposing defenses all season and this afternoon was no different as he broke the 80-point mark in just 14 games with his two-goal and five-assist outing.

Garbarino opened up the scoring for the third quarter by getting a loose ball in front of the cage and barreling through two Frostburg defenders and getting a shot off while being completely covered.

The Bobcats slowed the pace down in the third and got their fifth goal at 2:35 but not before Huber had completed his hat trick as he swept over the Bobcat defense and let go a blistering shot on the run that went in.

Including another late goal in the third, Frostburg strung together a four–goal run that Salisbury stopped at the 9:13 mark of the fourth with a Garrett Reynolds goal to make the score 14-8. Reynolds put a stop to the Bobcat spree by getting a pass from Huber on the right wing and instead of sweeping over the defense; he slipped under his defender and got a quick shot off that he put low into the cage.

Salisbury outscored Frostburg 2-1 the rest of the way to pick up the first-round bye in the upcoming CAC tournament.

The second midfield line of Huber (three goals and one assist), McDermott (two goals), and Reynolds (one goal) accounted for seven points and broke out for its best performance of the season.

Colin Reymann made his 14th start in net this season in as many games and stopped seven shots to secure the victory.

Will Nowesnick led the defense with three groundballs and two caused turnovers, while Kyle Tucker added one groundball and three caused turnovers.

Salisbury's next game will be a home contest against York College of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 12. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.

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