SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team faced-off against No. 12 Lynchburg College in a top-15 showdown on Saturday afternoon with the Sea Gulls defeating the Hornets, 13-9.
Garrett Reynolds recorded a career-high day for Salisbury (2-0) netting six goals, including four in the first half to help the maroon and gold jump out to an 8-5 halftime advantage. Reynolds tallied his first marker of the day less than two minutes into the game to break the scoreless tie.
With the Sea Gulls holding a slim 5-4 advantage after an early second quarter goal by the Hornets (0-1), Reynolds answered the call again, tallying his third goal of the game to push the lead to two. He would build the Sea Gulls' lead to four with under five minutes to play in the opening half when he finished off a nice pass from Corey Gwin, who finished his day with four points, including three assists, to make it an 8-4 score line.
Reynolds went on to net two more tallies in the second half, scoring the maroon and gold's only marker of the third quarter and then capping his day with an open net goal in the winding seconds of the contest to push the score to 13-8.
Defensively, Salisbury shut down the potent Lynchburg offense, forcing 17 turnovers. Cory Berry and Kyle Tucker each finished the day with a team-best two caused turnovers apiece while Will Nowesnick and five other Gulls posted one. The defensive combination of Tucker, Berry, and Nowesnick combined for 11 groundballs while T.J. Logue led the way with a team-high six.
Anthony Stavrakis was solid in the net for the Sea Gulls, tallying nine saves on 18 shots on goal by the Hornets. He also scooped up three groundballs and aided in a 16-of-19 performance on clears by the maroon and gold.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, February 17 when it hosts Widener University. Face-off between the Sea Gulls and Pride is scheduled for 1 p.m.