No. 5 Salisbury Whallops Wesley in CAC Action

SALISBURY, Md. No. 5 Salisbury took to the field Tuesday night at Sea Gull Stadium, picking up a 25-6 win over Capital Athletic Conference-foe Wesley.

The Sea Gulls (12-1, 5-1 CAC) jumped out to an early lead with three goals in the first five minutes of the game, starting with sophomore midfielder Davis Anderson taking a pass from senior long-stick midfielder Zeke Smith and scoring on the crease 16 seconds into the first quarter.

Just over 70 seconds later, sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo planted a shot from the left wing, and junior attackman Mike Kane netted his first just 13 seconds later at the 13:14 mark on a second assist by Smith to take the 3-0 lead.

Kane and Cirillo both scored four goals in the game to lead the team, while senior midfielder Donovan Lange and junior midfielder Sean Fitzgerald both added hat tricks in the game.

Lange netted the next goal from the right wing, followed by two-straight goals from Kane; both goals were assisted by senior attackman Rhett DePol on passes from behind the cage to the crease.

After two-consecutive goals from Fitzgerald, the Gulls took an 8-0 lead with 1:33 left in the first quarter.

Salisbury put two more shots in the cage in the last 20 seconds of the quarter for a 10-0 lead heading into the second.

With five more goals in the second quarter, the Sea Gulls took a 15-1 lead into halftime; the scores came from Fitzgerald, Lange, Kane, Cirillo and senior attackman Luke Phipps.

At halftime, the Gulls led in shots, 31-11, faceoffs, 15 of 18, and ground balls, 31-14, while junior midfielder Chris Biank won all eight of his faceoff opportunities.

Wesley's Jathan Mahaffey started the scoring in the second half, but Lange quickly netted his third just over one minute later at the 13:22 mark on a shot from the left wing to put the Gulls ahead 16-2.

SU scored four more times in the third and five more goals in the fourth to put the game away, including the first career goals for freshmen midfielders Chris Joyce and Griffin Melzer.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor earned the win, making five saves in over 28 minutes of action. All four Sea Gull goalkeepers entered the game, including the first appearance for freshman Colin Reymann.

Salisbury now looks forward to a top-five match-up with No. 2 Cabrini on Friday at Sea Gull Stadium; the opening faceoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

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SALISBURY, Md. Wesley fell to No. 5 Salisbury, 25-6, on Tuesday night at Sea Gull Stadium. The Wolverines now stand at 5-6 overall and 0-5 in the Capital Athletic Conference while Salisbury moves to 12-1 on the year and 5-1 in league play.

The Sea Gulls scored the game's first goal just 16 seconds in and tallied the first 11 points of the contest before Mike Rakos put Wesley on the board with 11:55 left in the second period. Salisbury, however, ran off four-straight before the half to take a 15-1 halftime lead.

Goals by Jathan Mahaffey, Jack Redefer and Patrick Lipari helped the Wolverines play even with Salisbury for much of the third but once again the Sea Gulls closed the period with a pair of goals.

Mahaffey and James Moss both found the back of the net in the fourth for the Navy & White as the duo, along with Rakos had multi-point games.

Ryan Ramsey had a team-high five ground balls for Wesley while Kyle Funk and Sylvester Tatman both caused a pair of turnovers. Sam Kennedy stopped 14 shots in the loss as Salisbury's Donovan Lange led all players with seven points on three goals and four assists.

The Wolverines host York (Pa.) on April 12 at 1:00 pm. Seniors Derronte Bonner, Drew Hammer and Patrick Lipari will all be honored pregame.


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