LYNCHBURG, Va. - The top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team used a 10-0 run to run away from sixth-ranked Lynchburg College on Saturday afternoon at Shellenberger Field as the Sea Gulls won easily 18-6 before a crowd of 621.
Salisbury scored the game's first goal just 44 seconds into the game as senior midfielder Kylor Berkman (four goals, three assists) found junior attackman Mike Winter (two goals) for the quick extra-man score. Lynchburg (0-1) answered with an Ethan Farrell unassisted goal at the 12:20 mark in the first quarter. From there Salisbury took over and scored nine straight to take a 10-1 lead into halftime and netted the second half's first goal to stake an 11-1 lead over the Hornets with a quarter and a half to play.
The win gives the maroon and gold 47 straight victories dating back to 2006. The win streak ties the NCAA men's lacrosse second all-time mark of 47 set by Salisbury from (2/26/1994-5/18/1996). The Sea Gulls also hold the overall mark of 69 consecutive wins set from (4/17/2003-5/21/2006). Salisbury also hasn't lost a regular-season game in seven seasons. The last team to beat the Sea Gulls during the regular-season was Lynchburg in 2003.
Five different Sea Gulls scored two or more goals in the win as the maroon and gold had 11 different goal scorers and 13 players recorded at least one point. On attack, senior Stephen Krasco (two goals, one assist), junior Jake DeLillo (two goals) and freshman Matt Cannone (one goal, two assists) scored two goals apiece. Freshman Sam Bradman had a big game with two goals and three caused turnovers while junior midfielder Mike Von Kamecke (two assists) and Patrick Bonanno (one goal, one assist) recorded two points each.
SU led 4-1 after the first quarter and outscored Lynchburg 6-0 in the second quarter. The Sea Gulls outshot Lynchburg 48-27 in the game and grabbed 43 ground balls and netted five extra-man goals. The two teams were fairly even on face-offs as SU won 14-of-27.
Sophomore goalie Johnny Rodriguez earned his second win in goal for the Sea Gulls as he made 11 saves and allowed only four goals in over 46 minutes of action. SU played all four goalies and 39 players that traveled with the team to Lynchburg.
The Hornets had six different goal scorers in the loss led by Dylan Hoff who scored one goal and passed out two assists. Hornet starting goalie Roland St. Clair Barrie (four saves) recorded the loss as he last one half against the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury will next begin its Capital Athletic Conference schedule on Wednesday, February 25, at home against Rt. 13 rival Wesley College at 3 p.m.