SALISBURY, Md. — Senior midfielder Eric Kluge scored three goals as No. 7 Salisbury defeated Colorado College 9-4 on Wednesday night at Sea Gull Stadium.
Junior long-stick midfielder Zeke Smith added a career-high two goals for Salisbury (8-2).
The Salisbury offense started off quickly as Stephen Norris took a pass from Rhett DePol and juked Tigers goalkeeper Chase Murphy to score just 1:15 into the game.
Colorado college (5-2) tied the game on a late-quarter goal, but Salisbury reclaimed the lead in the second period as Davis Anderson sent a pass to Smith, who ripped a shot from 15 yards out for his first goal of the game.
Kluge scored the Gulls’ next two goals by driving down the right side and beating Murphy into the top-left corner of the cage.
The second half began with a 4-0 run by Salisbury, including the third and second goals for Kluge and Smith, respectively. After Kluge scored at the 10:34 mark, Greg Korvin drove down the left side and ripped a goal with 4:27 left in the quarter. Smith’s goal came just 22 seconds later when he picked up a ground ball off a save by Murphy and immediately shot over the keeper’s head.
Wade Korvin scored for the fourth goal, just before Charles Curtis, who led CC with two goals, netted one to bring the score to 8-3 heading into the final quarter.
Both teams scored again in the fourth, with Curtis netting his second for the Tigers and Luke Phipps ripping a shot from the left wing on a man-up opportunity for Salisbury.
Goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the victory, playing all 60 minutes in the cage and making three saves.
Curtis added a pair of assists for Colorado College, which also got goals from Jack Kreitler and Eric Neumeyer. Tim Jenkins paced the defensive effort with three caused turnovers and four ground balls, while the freshman Murphy recorded 12 assists. He has finished with double-digit saves four times.
Colorado College contributed to this report.