BY CHARLES MILLER
Lockdown defense and fast-paced offense in the fourth quarter led to a victory for the Salisbury men’s lacrosse team Wednesday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.
The No. 5 Sea Gulls toped No. 2 Lynchburg 14-11 after scoring six goals in the final quarter. Lynchburg defeated Salisbury in the NCAA tournament last season before advancing to the National Championship game.
In the first quarter, Salisbury gave up three goals as soon as the game started, playing from behind most of the first half.
The Gulls made a switch at goalie in the second quarter replacing sophomore Anthony Stavrakis with fellow sophomore Joshua Dean in hopes of closing the gap on the scoreboard.
A goal before the end of the first half brought the score to within two to give some momentum back to Salisbury. Sea Gulls’ head coach Jim Berkman made the necessary adjustments to give his team a chance at the comeback in the second half.
“We moved the ball pretty well in the first half and played more unselfish in the second half generating some inside shots to break the goalie’s confidence,” Berkman said.
Besides the tough defense Salisbury had late in the game, junior midfielder Duncan Campbell pumped life into the offense for Salisbury by winning 18 of 26 face-offs – a key battle in any lacrosse matchup.
“There were a lot of big moments in the game, but the faceoff play was outstanding by Duncan and gave us a good chance to win,” junior attack Carson Kalama said. “We flipped the switch, and we were able to pull away with a good team win.”
Kalama also contributed to the Sea Gulls offense by scoring three goals, all in the final quarter, along side senior midfielder Thomas Cirillo who tallied four.
The defense for both teams held the opposing offenses in check for most of the game until the fourth quarter where the scoring was the story.
The final 15 minutes made all the difference with Salisbury’s defense not allowing a single goal on six shots.
“They didn’t make any mistakes in the fourth quarter on defense and did a great job,” Berkman said.
After taking down the team that took them out of the NCAA tournament last season, the team will move forward with confidence and momentum on their side.
“It’s a good step because it’s a quality win against the No. 2 team in the country,” Berkman said.
The Sea Gulls are now set to face Montclair State Saturday at Sea Gull Stadium before hitting the road for a three-game trek. With momentum on Salisbury’s side, the team is looking forward to taking on another tough opponent.