By CHRIS MACKOWIAK
A few weeks into the season, all of the fall sports are starting to get interesting as we approach conference play. This weekend, all of the Salisbury teams find themselves out on the road in search of key wins to bring back home.
With women’s volleyball, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey all in action today, The Flyer will keep the fans updated all day, watching the games and providing updates. Below each contest has a section to watch where tweets and analysis will be posted throughout the day by sports editor Chris Mackowiak.
Salisbury women’s volleyball (10-4) vs. Case Western Reserve (9-5)
11am, Carnegie Mellon Tournament in Pittsburgh, Pa.
LIVE STATS: http://www.enrollment.cmu.edu/athletics/msoccer/xlive.htm
It was a rough first day for Salisbury at the Carnegie Mellon Tournament, falling 3-1 to Otterbein and then losing to the host team and thirteenth ranked Carnegie Mellon squad.
SU takes first set over Case Western Reserve 25-9. Dougherty records 10 digs. Five kills apiece so far in match from Davis, Swartout and Venturelli.
SU takes a 2-0 lead with a tight 29-27 second set victory. Davis and Swartout lead Sea Gulls with nine kills each through two sets.
Case Western Reserve fights back to win the third set 25-21, moving the match to 2-1 in favor of Salisbury. CWR registered four-straight points to take set victory. Swartout and Davis lead SU with 12 kills.
CWR isn’t going away! They take the fourth set 25-22 to force the fifth set. After going up 2-0 initially, SU is now endanger of starting the tournament 0-3 this weekend.
FINAL: Despite a strong comeback from Case Western Reserve, the Sea Gulls take care of business 15-11 in the fifth set to take the 3-2 victory. Venturelli led the Gulls in kills with 16, while Swartout, Cleland and Davis all contributed double-digit kills.
Dougherty led SU with 31 digs, and Howatt led the Gulls with 29 assists. The win moves Salisbury to 11-4 on the season and 1-2 in the Carnegie Mellon Tournament. They will finish the tournament against Mount Union (15-1) in the afternoon.
Salisbury football (2-1, 2-0 NJAC) at TCNJ (0-3, 0-2 NJAC); Noon
On first play of first drive, Salisbury senior quarterback Brandon Lewis fumbles the ball, and TCNJ recovers on Salisbury 12-yard line. TCNJ scores after two plays on passing touchdown via pass from Osler to Koenig. 7-0 TCNJ early.
On next drive, Salisbury goes three-and-out. TCNJ up 7-0 with the ball on their own 24 yard-line. 11:54 left in first quarter.
TCNJ drives deep into SU territory to SU 13. Lions’ attempted field goal is blocked by defensive lineman Brandon Robeson. Salisbury begins next drive at their own 20-yard line, down 7-0 in first quarter.
Touchdown Sea Gulls! A 13-play, 87-yard drive is capped off by a Brady Curley two-yard rushing touchdown. The blocked field goal provides momentum for SU to tie up the game at seven, 2:13 left in first quarter.
On the scoring drive, Blake Joppy records a 27-yard reception from Brandon Lewis. Malique Pratt leads all SU rushers with 25 yards early on.
TCNJ’s next drive is cut short to three plays with no yardage gained. Salisbury back with ball on their own 16-yard line. Game is tied at seven now entering the second quarter.
The Sea Gulls are unable to find a first down with a short three-play, nine-yard drive. TCNJ back with ball on Salisbury 47, after an initial first down.
Salisbury has scored four-straight unanswered touchdowns now, moving lead to 27-7 with just under four minutes remaining. Joppy rushes for an 18-yard score to cap off the drive. PAT is no good by Potocko. Lewis records two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter.
On next drive, corner back Keith Payne intercepts TCNJ to get the ball back, essentially sealing the road victory for the Sea Gulls.
FINAL: Salisbury 27, TCNJ 7. After a gritty first quarter with back-and-forth football, SU gets the job done on the road. The Sea Gulls move to 3-1 overall, 3-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) this season.
SU quarterback Brandon Lewis went three-for-three for 42 yards from the air and ran for 12 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Sea Gull offense had five fumbles on the day, but only lost one of them.
Pratt led all SU rushers with 90 total yards. Curley and Joppy each contributed with a rushing touchdown. Joppy led all receivers with two receptions for 33 yards.
On the defensive side, Payne caught two interceptions, and safety Shane Gaines led in pass break-ups with two. Sophomore linebacker Patrick Bernardo led the defense with seven tackles.
Overall, Salisbury ran for 209 rushing yards. The SU defense held TCNJ to -21 rushing yards, but the Lions did throw for over 200 yards through the air. The Sea Gulls enter their Bye Week next week before hosting Christopher Newport on Homecoming Weekend in two weeks.
Salisbury women’s volleyball (11-4) vs. Mount Union (15-1); 1pm in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Salisbury enters their final contest in Pittsburgh going 1-2 so far in the tournament after their first win of the weekend vs. Case Western Reserve early Saturday.
SU came away with the first set vs. Mount Union with a 25-22 victory. Mount Union is fighting back strongly in the second, coming out early with a commanding 20-13 lead.
Mount Union evens things up at one with the second set, winning 25-16. So far, Swartout leads all Sea Gulls with nine kills. Five service errors through two sets for Salisbury.
Mount Union up early 10-6 in the third set.
Salisbury now finds themselves in a hole, down 2-1 after a 25-21 third set win for Mount Union. Swartout and Venturelli lead the Sea Gulls with 13 and 11 kills respectively.
FINAL: Mount Union takes three straight sets, after SU’s first set win, to win the match 3-1. Mount Union recorded eight service aces, while SU committed six service errors in match. Leading SU at the net were Venturelli and Swartout who both tallied 16 kills as the only Sea Gulls in double-figures.
With the loss, Salisbury falls to 11-5 in 2017 after a disappointing weekend coming home from Pittsburgh 1-3. SU will next take the court on a two-day CAC-opening road trip starting Friday when they go at Southern Virginia followed by a trip to Frostburg St. on Saturday.
Salisbury women’s soccer (2-6) at Southern Virginia (2-4-1); 5:30pm
This marks the first day of Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play.
SU starting 11: Knussman; A. Brady, R. Anderson, C. Narron; J. Tacka, C. Glassford, D. Gordon, J. Taylor; R. Lucas, J. Boller, L. Narum
Second minute: Goal Salisbury! Lydia Narum delivers the ball to Ruthie Lucas to put SU up early on 1-0. That goal is Lucas’ fifth in the last three matches.
No. 4 Salisbury field hockey (5-1) at No. 3 TCNJ (4-1), 6pm
Both Salisbury’s and TCNJ’s lone loss of the season came against No. 1 Messiah in 2-1 results.
It’s game day for the Sea Gulls! 6pm road game against The College of New Jersey! #GoGulls
— SU Field Hockey (@SalisburyFH) September 23, 2017
Salisbury men’s soccer (3-5) at Southern Virginia (3-5), 8pm
This marks the first day of Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play.
— CapitalAthleticConf. (@cacsports) September 23, 2017