SALISBURY, Md. – The eighth ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team squared off against rival No. 15 Stevenson University on Saturday afternoon and earned a hard fought, 9-7, victory.
Salisbury (5-2) jumped out to a 7-4 halftime advantage behind a four-goal first half from senior Garrett Reynolds. Reynolds, who finished the game five goals on eight shots on goal, gave the Sea Gulls their first lead of the game with 6:43 to play in the first quarter. Corey Gwin, who finished the day with two goals, got the Gulls on the board with just under eight minutes to play in the opening frame when he finished off a nice pass from Emory Wongus.
Wongus also tallied an unassisted marker in the opening 15 minutes of action to help give the maroon and gold a 4-1 lead after one.
Early in the second quarter Stevenson (0-3) managed to cut the deficit to just two, 4-2, but Reynolds netted his third marker of the contest to build the lead back to three. He would net his fourth goal of the contest with less than three minutes to play until the break to give the Sea Gulls their largest lead of the afternoon, four.
The Mustangs did not go away though, shutting out the Gulls in the third quarter while putting a three spot on the board to pull even heading into the final frame. Stevenson managed to convert on two of its four man-up opportunities in the quarter to level the game at 7-7. The Mustangs would finish the game 4-of-9 on the extra-man advantage while Salisbury posted a 2-of-7 mark.
However, the Salisbury offense found its rhythm, scoring two goals in the final 15 minutes of action while the defense stood tall and pitched a shutout. Gwin and Reynolds both capped their afternoons netting a goal apiece in the fourth while the defense forced six Stevenson turnovers.
As a team the Sea Gulls recorded 13 caused turnovers on the afternoon with Troy Miller leading the way with three, while Will Nowesnick totaled two. Miller also posted a team-high four groundballs while three players, Pierre Armstrong, T.J. Logue, and Kevin Murphy, all tallied three each.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, March 17 when it hosts Eastern Shore rival Washington College. Face-off between the Sea Gulls and Shoremen is scheduled for 1 p.m.