No. 1 Sea Gulls Rout St. Mary's, Clinch Regular-Season Title

SALISBURY, Md. No. 1 Salisbury won the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season championship and clinched a first-round bye in the CAC tournament with Wednesday night's 16-4 victory over conference-foe St. Mary's.

Senior attackman Kyle Quist led the Gulls and tied a career high with four goals and five points in the game. Midfielder Sam Bradman and attackman Erik Krum, both seniors, added three tallies, and Bradman chipped in an assist to finish with four points. With his game, Bradman has taken sole ownership of the No. 5 spot on Salisbury all-time career goals list with 172 and the No. 8 spot on the assists list with 95.

Salisbury took a quick 2-0 lead in the first quarter off of goals from senior attackman Tony Mendes and Bradman. Mendes netted the first score of the game with 12:25 left in the quarter. John Dehm cut the lead to one with St. Mary's first goal before Salisbury ripped off eight-straight goals; a run that lasted until the 1:07 mark in the second quarter.

During the run, the Sea Gulls won 7 of 8 faceoffs and were successful on all four clear attempts.

Mendes and Bradman both finished the first quarter with two scores each as the Gulls took a 4-1 lead into the second quarter.

Senior attackman Erik Krum added all three of his tallies in the six-goal second quarter to help the Gulls pad their lead. Fellow senior attackman Lantz Carter added two more as Salisbury increased its advantage over the Seahawks to 10-2 at halftime.

At the half, Salisbury was outshooting the Seahawks 24-12. The Gulls also won 12 of 14 faceoffs and converted 9 of 9 clear attempts.

The Sea Gulls added four more goals in the third quarter, including two off of the stick of Quist, to take a 14-3 lead into the fourth quarter. The Gulls added two more goals in the fourth.

Dehm, Eric Simon, Patrick Mull and Matt Tarrant all had a goal for the Seahawks. Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up his 16th victory of the season with 45 minutes in the cage and three saves.

Salisbury will be in action again on Saturday, when Washington College comes to Sea Gull Stadium for the Sea Gulls' final regular-season home game. The contest is set for 1:00 p.m. As the regular-season CAC champions, the Gulls will receive a first-round bye in the CAC tournament and will play on Wednesday in a CAC semifinal game against an opponent yet to be determined.

2012-04-18



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