Cannone Has 9 Points as No. 1 Salisbury Hammers Hood

SALISBURY, Md. No. 1 Salisbury picked up its fifth Capital Athletic Conference victory with Saturday's 29-1 win over Hood College at Sea Gull Stadium.

Before the game, Salisbury recognized Head Coach Jim Berkman for his 400th-career win, making him the first men's lacrosse coach in NCAA history, across any division, to reach the milestone.

Senior attackman Matt Cannone had another big day to lead the Gulls with nine points on five goals and four assists. Cannone has now registered 121 assists in his career and surpassed Josh Bergey to become fifth on Salisbury's all-time career assists list.

Senior attackmen Tony Mendes and Erik Krum tied for second on the team with six points each. Both players put up three goals and three assists in the contest.

Mendes had a hand in each of the Sea Gulls' first three goals. He assisted Cannone as the Bayport, N.Y., native netted the first two scores before Mendes ripped an unassisted goal for the third. Three more goals gave Salisbury a 6-0 lead after the first period.

Salisbury put six more points on the board in the second quarter including the first four of the period before Hood scored its first of the game. Midfielder Trey Freeman scored Hood's goal with 2:30 left in the first half.

Junior attackman Matt Pierotti scored his first goal in the quarter. He finished the game with a career-high four tallies.

At the half, Salisbury led the game 12-1 while winning 11 of 15 faceoffs and converting 7 of 8 clears.

The Sea Gulls picked back up at the start of the second half as Krum scored their first goal of the half just eight seconds into the third quarter. Salisbury netted 10 scores in the quarter, including the first goals of the season for junior midfielder Brett Baer and senior midfielder Dean Rossi. Junior midfielder Lanny Ellis also scored his first goal as a Sea Gull.

Salisbury added seven more goals in the fourth quarter to finish out the game.

For the contest, the Gulls outshot the Blazers 61-10. Sixty-one shots is the most shots in a game for Salisbury since the team ripped off 65 against Marymount (Va.) University on April 12, 2011.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the win, making one save, as all four Salisbury keepers saw action in the contest.

Salisbury will be in action again on Wednesday, April 11 as Wesley College comes to Sea Gull Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

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SALISBURY, Md.--Hood College (3-10, 1-4 CAC) took on its second top 10 team in as many games, falling 29-1 to the No. 1 Salisbury University Sea Gulls (13-0, 5-0 CAC) Saturday in a Capital Athletic Conference contest.

Trey Freeman scored Hood's lone goal of the afternoon off a feed from Shane O'Keefe with 2:30 left in the second quarter. The goal was Freeman's 11th of the season while the assist was O'Keefe's eighth of the spring.

Hood attempted 10 shots on the day, four by Freeman, two apiece by Michael Gallion and Ricky Orndorff and one each by Shane O'Keefe and Alex Engler.

Hood's three first-year netminders all got some action against the nation's best offense. Joseph McCulloh started in net and made two saves on nine shots on cage. Cody Hass made six saves on 15 attempts on net and Nick Reinberg also stopped six of the 19 shots on target he faced.

Mark Filuta forced a pair of Sea Gull turnovers and Randolph Clark registered eight ground balls and won six face-offs.

Salisbury notched six goals in the first, six more in the second, 10 in the third and seven in the fourth. Eighteen Sea Gulls contributed to the scoring.

Hood takes to the road for the final time this spring Wednesday to face the York College (Pa.) Spartans in a CAC tilt at 3:30 p.m. The Blazers end the regular season with a three-game homestand beginning Saturday, April 14.

2012-04-07



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