SALISBURY, Md. – Second-ranked Salisbury picked up an 18-7 Capital Athletic Conference victory against visiting York on Wednesday evening at Sea Gull Stadium.
The two teams were both undefeated in conference play entering the contest, and with the victory Salisbury (12-0, 5-0 CAC) remains tied with Stevenson (12-1, 5-0 CAC) for first place with just three CAC regular-season contests remaining. The Sea Gulls and Mustangs are set to meet on April 16 at Sea Gull Stadium.
Salisbury tallied the game’s first goal just four minutes in, as junior attacker Tony Mendes took a pass from senior midfielder Perry Craz and fired it past the York goalkeeper. Junior attackman Erik Krum would tally the next two goals for SU, with the assists coming from seniors Nick Mooney and Spencer Smith. Salisbury closed out the first quarter with goals from sophomore midfielder Ryan Clarke and senior midfielder Shawn Zordani for a 5-0 advantage.
Following a turnover by the Spartans (9-3, 5-1 CAC) early in the second quarter, senior defender Collin Tokosch scooped up the groundball and sprinted from end-to-end before firing the ball in the net for the 6-0 lead; it marks just the second career goal for the Arnold, Md., native. Following a goal by junior midfielder Jeff McGuire, York’s Josh Gamble tallied the team’s first goal of the game. Salisbury tacked on the next five goals to close out the half with a 12-1 lead.
The second half was an opportunity for SU Head Coach Jim Berkman to empty his bench, with many members of the team gaining significant playing time. York outscored Salisbury 6-5 in the half.
Krum and McGuire led the charge in the contest with three goals each, while Zordani (one assist) and junior attackman Matt Cannone finished with two goals apiece. Mooney, Smith and junior midfielder Kyle Gallagher each handed out a pair of assists in the victory. For Mooney, it marked the first time in his career that he has registered an offensive point.
For York, Justin Aita and Gamble each collected three points on two goals and one assist. Jimmy Langton dished out a team-high two assists in the contest. Spartan goalkeeper Tyler Powell turned in a strong performance with 19 saves in 60 minutes of action.