BY ZACH GILLELAND
This weekend in Sea Gull athletics saw the majority of Salisbury University varsity teams hit the road. Fans able to make it on campus saw an offensive explosion at the Sea Gull Soccer Stadium as the men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted non-conference matchups in a doubleheader.
Men’s Soccer: 4-0 win vs Misericordia
The men’s soccer team won its first home matchup of the season, using an offensive outburst to defeat Misericordia 4-0. Check out staff writer Kyle Russell’s recap along with photo galleries and post-match interviews on the Sea Gulls’ victory.
Women’s Soccer: 5-4 loss vs Catholic
The Sea Gulls fell in dramatic fashion on Saturday, losing a tough nail-biter to Catholic 5-4. Russell recaps how even in defeat, Salisbury is still staying positive (photo galleries and video post-game interviews included).
Football: 21-13 win at Kean
The Sea Gulls travelled to Union, N.J. on Saturday to battle Kean in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) matchup. Salisbury defeated the Cougars 36-14 in Sea Gull Stadium last season.
This matchup proved to be a much more difficult affair for the maroon and gold than in their previous encounter. SU fell into a 13-7 deficit early into the second quarter after Kean running back Brian Matthews punched in a 1-yard run.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, SU senior quarterback Brandon Lewis connected on a 5-yard pass to Brian Legue to cap off a 10-play, 80-yard drive that gave the Sea Gulls a 14-13 lead at halftime. Legue found the end zone again late, this time with a 5-yard run with seven minutes remaining in the game to put Salisbury up top 21-13.
Lewis finished his day completing nine of 12 passes for 157 yards and two passing touchdowns. Senior slot back Brady Curley led the team with 58 yards on the ground.
Defensively, SU held Kean scoreless in the second half. Junior linebacker Tom Montag led the unit with eight tackles. Montag and Brandon Robeson each recorded a sack and Keith Payne added an interception.
UP NEXT: Salisbury stays in the state of New Jersey to take on TCNJ Saturday at noon.
Field Hockey: 3-0 win at Cabrini
The Salisbury University field hockey team collected its fourth shutout of the season Saturday, defeating reigning Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Champion Cabrini. The Sea Gulls faced the Cavaliers at Sea Gull Stadium in 2016, winning 6-0.
SU junior forward Emily Lemanski scored her first goal of the season off a penalty corner to give the maroon and gold the lead. Salisbury converted on two of its six penalty corners in the first half.
12 minutes later sophomore defender Arielle Johnston found the back of the cage to give Salisbury a 2-0 edge. Assisted by senior Nicole Lindner, Johnston’s goal was her second in two games.
Sophomore forward Tara Daddio found Natalie Wilkinson on the far post to give the Sea Gulls their third and final goal of the game.
All victories for Salisbury this season have come by way of the shutout. The Sea Gulls outshot the Cavaliers 20-7.
UP NEXT: Salisbury returns home to face John’s Hopkins on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Since 2000, the Sea Gulls hold a 189-12 record at Sea Gull Stadium.
Volleyball: 3-0 win vs Moravian, 3-0 win vs Neumann, 3-2 loss vs Cabrini, 3-0 win vs Haverford (Knights Invitational)
Volleyball traveled to Aston, Pa. to participate in the Knights Invitational. The Sea Gulls came away with three wins over the weekend, improving their record to 10-2.
Salisbury cruised on the opening night of the Invitational sweeping both Moravian and Neumann respectively.
The team’s only blemish on the weekend came with a five set loss to Cabrini on the first game of day two. The Cavaliers edged the Sea Gulls in a close match-up, winning the fifth set 16-14.
The maroon and gold won its final contest of the Invitational, sweeping Haverford 9-3 in straight sets.
Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Venturelli led the Sea Gulls with 72 kills throughout the tournament. Her 178 kills leads the Capital Athletic Conference.
UP NEXT: Salisbury travels back to Pennsylvania to participate in the Carnegie Mellon Tournament starting on Friday at 6 p.m.
Cross Country: Women’s finish sixth, men’s finish third
The Sea Gull cross country teams headed north to Dartmouth, Mass. to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational. Both teams faced competition across all NCAA Divisions.
The women’s placed sixth in the Invitational. In the 5K race, freshman Liana Foianini finished 24th overall, leading Salisbury with a time of 19:16.74.
The men’s team came away with a third place finish. In the 8K race, sophomore Branson Odour finished third overall with a time of 25:26.31.
UP NEXT: Salisbury hosts the Don Cathcart Invitational at Winter Place Park on Sept. 30 at 9:45 a.m.