Salisbury 27, S. Virginia 9
SALISBURY — The second-seeded Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team cruised to a victory over seventh seed Southern Virginia University in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse tournament on Saturday afternoon, 27-9.
The Sea Gulls (17-1) got solid performances from multiple players, including a career-best outing by junior defensive midfielder Brad Greik, who finished the day with three points and tallied the first multi-goal game of his career.
Greik netted his first marker of the contest with just under seven minutes left to play in the opening frame. After the Knights (5-13) opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest, Salisbury responded with a 7-0 run. After a Salisbury turnover and successful Southern Virginia clear, Greik turned defense into offense by scooping up one his two groundballs for the day and racing downfield to push the Sea Gulls’ advantage to 5-1.
Southern Virginia, however, began to rally back in the second quarter, scoring two times in the opening three minutes to cut the Salisbury lead to just three, 7-4. Off of a caused turnover by Matt O’Callaghan, Greik scooped up another groundball and once again raced downfield and finished off his second unassisted effort of the day to stop the Knights’ 3-0 run and help spark a 4-0 run by the home team. Greik had a hand in capping that run when he assisted one of Cross Ferrara’s team-best five goals to give the Sea Gulls an 11-5 lead at the break.
After a back-and-forth third quarter that saw four goals from each team, Salisbury pulled away in the fourth as the Sea Gulls netted a season-best 12 goals to push the score final. Nine different players found the back of the net in the final 15 minutes of action, including defenseman Brad Apgar, who netted his first marker of the season.
Brett Malamphy was once again dominant at the faceoff X, winning a season and career-best 26 faceoffs for a win percentage of 92.8. Malamphy added in a team-high 21 groundballs as well, which marked another season high for the senior faceoff specialist.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, May 1 when it hosts third-seeded Christopher Newport University in a rematch of last season’s CAC semifinal round. A game time has yet to be announced.
Gettyburg 12, Washington College 8
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Leading 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter, host Gettysburg scored four of five goals in the last 15 minutes to come away with a 12-8 win over visiting Washington College at Musselman Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference men’s lacrosse action. The Bullets improved to 13-3 on the year and 7-1 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen concluded their season at 7-9 and 4-4 respectively.
Gettysburg scored four of the game’s first five goals to lead 4-1 with 6:23 left in the first quarter following a goal by Jack Fletcher with Elon Tuckman notching the assist. Trey Ritter got the Shoremen within two after the first as he scored the last goal of the quarter with 4:14 remaining.
Kevin Trapp trimmed the Bullets’ lead to 4-3 with 8:15 to go in the second quarter before Gettysburg scored four unanswered times in a span of 5:16 to take an 8-3 advantage with 2:43 left in the second on a Jack Harvey score from Fletcher. The Bullets took an 8-4 lead into halftime as Zack Gorrasi scored unassisted for Washington with 1:20 remaining.
Casey Grieves scored all three goals in the third quarter as Washington cut Gettysburg’s edge to just one at 8-7 after three. His third one came with 18 ticks left in the quarter.
The Bullets scored the first two goals of the fourth to lead 10-7 with 9:50 remaining in the contest on a Harvey goal. Trapp would respond 31 seconds later on a man-up goal to trim the deficit to 10-8, but that’s as close as Washington would get as Gettysburg scored the last two goals to come away with a four-goal win.
The Bullets outshot the Shoremen 48-35. Gettysburg went 15-for-23 on faceoffs with Joe Persche going 14-for-21 as he got a game-high six ground balls.