Salisbury Athletics

The third-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team opened up its 2011 season in a big way on Sunday afternoon, earning a resounding 25-2 victory against Greensboro College in front of a crowd of 740 at Sea Gull Stadium.

The Sea Gulls (1-0) scored a total of 11 goals in the first quarter alone – three of them coming off the stick of junior midfielder Sam Bradman – while limiting the Pride (0-1) to a single goal for the entire half. After two quarters of play, Salisbury led Greensboro by a score of 15-1, with nine different Sea Gulls finding the back of the cage.

First-half statistics were representative of the score; Salisbury went a perfect 10-for-10 in clears and won 12 of 18 face-offs against the Pride.

The second half was more of the same for the Gulls, who outscored the Pride 10-1 in the final 30 minutes of the contest. A total of 14 Sea Gulls scored goals in the victory, including freshman midfielder Mike LaPaglia, who netted his first career score in the fourth quarter. Junior attackman Tony Mendes scored a pair of goals in his debut as a Sea Gull; classmate Erik Krum scored four, a team-high. Bradman also finished with four goals to go with his team-high three assists.

All four of Salisbury's goalkeepers saw time in the cage but it was senior Johnny Rodriguez who earned the win, playing the entire first half and making three saves.

The 23-goal margin of victory marks the second-largest for Salisbury since Mar. 4, 2009, when the Sea Gulls beat Capital Athletic Conference opponent Hood College by a score of 28-1.