Feb. 26, 2009

Courtesy of Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. - Top-ranked Salisbury University continued its winning ways on Wednesday afternoon as the Sea Gulls defeated Wesley College 18-5 in a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) men's lacrosse game before 330 at Sea Gull Stadium.

Salisbury (3-0, 1-0 CAC) has now won 48 consecutive games since 2007, the second longest winning streak in NCAA men's lacrosse history. SU holds the top three streaks (69 wins, 48 and 47). The Sea Gulls are still a perfect 101-0 in CAC play, including conference tournament games, since they joined the conference in 1995. In addition, the Sea Gulls have won 80 straight regular-season games and 76 in a row at Sea Gull Stadium since 2003.

Senior All-American Kylor Berkman (five goals, three assists) continues his hot start to the '09 season as he posted an eight-point game. Berkman, the reigning National Player and Midfielder of the Year, has scored 13 goals and 11 assists (24 points) in three games. Freshman Matt Cannone scored a career-high five goals while junior Mike Winter added three goals and freshman Sam Bradman scored twice. Junior midfielder Mike Von Kamecke, second on the team in assists, passed out three and scored his first goal of the season. Fellow junior Jake DeLillo dished out three assists in the victory and senior Patrick Bonanno added a goal and an assist.

Wesley (0-1, 0-1 CAC) scored the game's first goal and two of the first three goals as the Wolverines held a brief 2-1 advantage over the Sea Gulls seven minutes into the first quarter. Salisbury quickly responded with four straight goals to close out the quarter up 5-2. SU outscored Wesley 5-1 in the second quarter as the maroon and gold held a 10-3 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Gulls scored three straight goals including a man-down goal by Cannone which was assisted by DeLillo three minutes into the third quarter. Salisbury' final four goals on the day were man-up goals.

Salisbury outshot Wesley 51-26 and dominated on face-offs as its won 23-of-25 led by junior midfielder Ryan Finch (19 ground balls) who won 19-of-20 face-offs. The Sea Gulls also scooped up 51 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers.

Sophomore goalie Johnny Rodriquez made eight saves as he played 41 minutes in between the pipes for the Sea Gulls. All four goalies saw action as 46 players got in the game for Salisbury. Wesley goalie Jim McCleaft suffered the loss as he made 13 saves in the debut of Wolverine coach Bill Gorrow.

The Sea Gulls will next face Widener University in a non-conference game on Saturday, February 28, at 3 p.m. Salisbury defeated the Pride, a NCAA tournament team, 19-3 on the road last season.