Rally from 6 Down Carries No. 1 Salisbury by No. 4 Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Salisbury's Matt Cannone scored his fourth goal of the game with just 11 seconds remaining to cap an 8-1 rally, as the No. 1-ranked Sea Gulls rallied from a six-goal deficit over the final 15:45 to post an 11-10 victory over fourth-ranked Stevenson Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.

The loss snapped an 18-game conference winning streak for the Mustangs (12-3, 6-1 CAC) and was their first in nine games at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson led 9-3 with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter following the second goal of the game from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) off an assist from sophomore defender Warren Pumphrey (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's).

However, Salisbury (15-0, 7-0 CAC) scored the next three goals in a span of just 1:01, including two from Tony Mendes, to pull within three at 9-6.

Menendes, Matt Cannone and Ryan Clarke combined to score the last eight goals for the Sea Gulls with three each coming from Cannone and Mendes.

Salisbury outscored the Mustangs 6-1 in the fourth quarter while winning 6 of 7 face-offs and holding a 13-2 edge in shots. For the game, the Sea Gulls won 14 of 21 face-offs and outshot Stevenson 39-28, including 24-11 in the second half.

The game featured 18 penalities including for a total of 16:30, but neither team could capitalize as they went a combined 3-17 on extra-man opportunities. The two teams also combined for three man-down goals.

Banick totaled two goals and three assists for a game-high five points while senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) finished with a career-high three goals. Sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had two goals.

Cannone also had a game-high five points with four goals and one assist while Mendes also netted four goals. Clarke had two goals and two assists.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) finished with a season-high 13 saves, including nine in the first half. His counterpart Alex Taylor finished with nine saves.

Stevenson reutrns to action on Wednesday, April 18 as the Mustangs host a CAC contest versus Frostburg State on Senior Day. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. Senior attackman Matt Cannone took a pass from junior midfielder Ryan Clarke and, with just 11 seconds remaining in the game, netted the game-winning goal to boost the No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team past Capital Athletic Conference foe No. 4 Stevenson University, 11-10.

In the final CAC-regular season match-up between the two teams, the Sea Gulls found themselves trailing 9-3 with less than one minute remaining in the third quarter before ripping off a 7-1 run and mounting an improbable comeback.

Senior attackman Tony Mendes and Cannone led the Gulls with four goals each in the game. The duo took charge of the Sea Gull offense in the final 16 minutes of the game to combine for five of the team's final seven goals.

Salisbury took the first lead of the game in the opening quarter. Mendes netted an unassisted tally to give the Gulls a 1-0 lead; a lead that they would carry into the second quarter.

The tides turned in the second period as the Mustangs ripped off four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead into halftime. One of the goals came from midfielder Nick Rossi who led Stevenson with three tallies in the game.

At the half, the game was mostly even with Salisbury leading at the faceoff X, winning 4 of 7 faceoffs, but Stevenson outshot the Gulls, 17-15.

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2012-04-15



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