SALISBURY, Md. – The Capital Athletic Conference top-seeded Salisbury University men's lacrosse team hosted CAC No. 4 University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon and took down the Eagles, 22-9. Prior to the game, Salisbury honored its 11 seniors for their contributions to SU lacrosse over the last four seasons.
Last time the two sides met the Sea Gulls (16-1) fell into a 2-1 hole by the end of the first quarter but SU did not let that happen again by getting a 4-1 lead at the end of the opening quarter. Nathan Blondino opened the scoring 84 seconds in, netting his first of six on the day when he came from behind the cage uncovered and buried the shot on the run.
The Eagles got the next goal but Garrett Reynolds and Adam Huber found the back of the net before Blondino capped off the first-quarter scoring with just over two minutes to play. Both Reynolds and Huber notched two goals on the day from the second midfield.
The second started much like the first with a Blondino goal followed by an Eagle strike, but this time Salisbury was able to rattle off a six-goal run to end the half.
Salisbury got two highlight reel goals back-to-back in the second. The first came as Blondino beat his guy from X and dished to an open Brendan Bromwell who stung the top right corner from 15 yards out. Blondino was the next to score with a man-up tally when he got the ball behind the cage and, with a step on his defender, tucked the backhand shot into the only netting available from his near-impossible angle.
Bromwell ended his senior day with a four-points coming off two goals and two assists.
At the half, Salisbury led 11-2 after getting a 7-1 edge in the second quarter. SU led in shots (26-10), groundballs (20-10), and faceoff wins (10-5) to control both the scoreboard and the possession all half.
Corey Gwin and Carson Kalama opened up the scoring in the second half with the Kalama goal being the product of an outstanding team effort. An Eagle shot rang iron on Colin Reymann and he sprinted out to play the groundball, slapping it over to Will Nowesnick who made a nifty scoop on the loose ball. From there the Gulls went end-to-end and some smooth passing ended up with a quick-stick pass from Nick Garbarino to an open Kalama to compete the full-field display on the near empty net.
Kalama and Garbrino both ended with two goals, while Garbarino also tacked on a pair of helpers.
Mary Washington scored its third goal at 10:39, but Salisbury once again ended a quarter on a six-goal run. The highlight of the run was a defensive midfielder finding another defensive midfielder in transition for a goal. Troy Miller helped the clear before finding an open Parker Stevens who reached back and blew one past the keeper to the top shelf from 12 yards out. The goal was the first of Stevens' career.
The away side closed out the game by outscoring Salisbury 6-3 in the fourth quarter with it being the only quarter the Gulls allowed Mary Washington to score more than once.
Reymann was credited with his 16th win in cage this season, stopping five of the eight shots he faced. In front of Reymann, freshman Drew Borkowicz had a breakout performance getting the start on defense and scooping up three groundballs and causing three turnovers. Classmate Kevin Murphy also got to see some serious minutes while the game was still in reach and posted three groundballs and one caused turnover. Salisbury ended the game with a 50-32 edge in groundballs.
Duncan Campbell was tasked with matching up with one of the CAC's best faceoff men in Eli Ayer and went 12-for-22 and led the team with six groundballs.
Salisbury will now host CAC No. 2 seeded York College of Pennsylvania in a rematch of last season's CAC championship game on Saturday, April 29. Game time is to be determined.