Salisbury picks up victory over Colorado College, 9-4

Salisbury picks up victory over Colorado College, 9-4

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team earned its eighth win of the season on Wednesday night, 9-4, over Colorado College at Sea Gull Stadium.

Senior midfielder Eric Kluge led the Sea Gulls with three goals and junior long-stick midfielder Zeke Smith added a career-high two goals to pace SU's offense.

The Salisbury (8-2) offense started off quickly as senior attackman Stephen Norris took a pass from junior attackman Rhett DePol and juked the Tigers' goalkeeper to score just 1:15 into the game.

After a late-quarter goal by Colorado College (5-2), the teams entered the second quarter tied, 1-1.

The tie was quickly broken following the faceoff as freshman midfielder Davis Anderson passed the ball to Smith, who ripped a shot from 15 yards out for his first goal of the game.

Kluge scored the Gulls' next two goals by driving down the right side and beating the goalie into the top-left corner of the cage, giving Salisbury a three-goal lead.

After the Tigers scored to end the half, Salisbury led at halftime, 4-2, while outshooting its opponent 21-8, winning 7-of-8 faceoffs and converting all eight clear attempts.

The second half began with a 4-0 run by Salisbury, including the third and second goals for Kluge and Smith, respectively. After Kluge scored at the 10:34 mark, junior midfielder Greg Korvin drove down the left side and ripped a goal with 4:27 left in the quarter. Smith's goal came just 22 seconds later when he picked up a ground ball off a save by Colorado College's goalkeeper Chase Murphy and immediately shot over the keeper's head.

Sophomore attackman Wade Korvin scored for the fourth goal, just before Charles Curtis, who led CC with two goals, netted one to bring the score to 8-3 heading into the final quarter.

Both teams would score again in the fourth, with Curtis netting his second for the Tigers and junior attackman Luke Phipps ripping a shot from the left wing on a man-up opportunity for Salisbury on the way to the Sea Gulls' win.

Junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the victory, playing all 60 minutes in the cage and making three saves.

Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday as it travels to Frostburg State University for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup; the game is set to start at 1 p.m.

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