SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 11 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team played their final non-conference contest of the regular season on Saturday, hosting No. 5 Cabrini University at Sea Gull Stadium, coming away with a 9-8 victory.
Salisbury (10-3) got the first two goals of the game in the contest's first five minutes with Corey Gwin making a move around his defender on the right side and charging toward the goal and firing into the corner for the 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Zach Pompea sent a feed to Griffin Moroney 12 yards in front of the goal and he ripped the shot into the top-right corner for the 2-0 lead.
The Cavaliers (10-2) answered with a man-up goal from Timmy Brooks with 6:21 showing on the clock, but Emory Wongus answered right back making an individual move around his defender to get a clean look 43 seconds later.
Cabrini got back within a goal, scoring early in the second quarter, but Pompea responded and the Sea Gulls got a man-up goal from Gwin to push the lead back to 5-2.
A pair of Cabrini goals, including another man-up tally, cut the Salisbury lead back to 5-4, as the game went to the halftime break at that score.
The Cavalilers drew even just over five minutes into the second half, but the 5-5 tie lasted just a minute before Gwin tallied a hat trick with his third of the day, making a perfect swim dodge to get past his defender on the right side before ripping a shot through the legs of the Cabrini goal keeper from eight yards out for the 6-5 lead.
The Sea Gulls pushed the lead to three on a score from Wongus midway through the third quarter on a tight-angle shot from the left side for a 7-5 lead, and an Austin Short goal 40 seconds later.
Cabrini scored a late goal in the third and another early in the fourth to cut the lead to one and drew even when Brooks scooped up a rebound and fired it home, tying the game at 8-8. However, the Sea Gulls would not allow the Cavaliers to take a lead at any point in the game with one of Brandon Warren's nine saves in the game turning into a Wongus goal at the other end – his team-high-tying third of the day – allowing Salisbury to regain the lead, 9-8, with 6:50 left.
Warren made a save on Jake Klein's shot as Salisbury killed off one of four penalties on the day to preserve the slim lead late in the fourth quarter and the Salisbury defense, with deflections from Will Nowesnick and a caused turnover by Troy Miller helped put the game away.
The Sea Gulls return to action next Saturday, traveling to the University of Mary Washington for a Capital Athletic Conference contest that is slated to begin at 1 p.m.