Greensboro vs. Salisbury
February 14, 2010
The Game Story:
GREENSBORO, N.C. – After dealing with a winter storm that plagued the Salisbury area, the No. 4 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team was finally able to get outdoors as it opened up the 2010 season with a 19-6 win over Greensboro College on Sunday. The win marks the 21st consecutive season the Gulls have won the season opener, and the program now has a 28-9 record in season openers.

Salisbury (1-0) was led by senior attackman Jake DeLillo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) who scored five goals in the contest, including the game-winning goal. The five goals scored matches his personal best, which he set in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinal game against St. Mary’s (Md.) College on April 16, 2009. Sophomores Sam Bradman (Canton, N.Y.) and Matt Cannone (Bayport, N.Y.) each scored four goals and dished out one assist. The five points for Bradman establishes a new career-high as well. Midfielders Mike Von Kamecke (Winter Park, Fla.) and Shawn Zordani (Littleton, Colo.) each dished out three assists in the victory. Senior Kevin Finn (Evanston, Ill.) and freshman Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) each chipped in with one goal and one assist. Senior Ryan Finch (Finksburg, Md.), sophomores Tim Lum (Long Valley, N.J.) and Matt Pierotti (Corning, N.Y) and freshman Brandon Groux (Newark, Del.) each contributed a goal in the victory.

Finch, a preseason second-team All-American, also performed well on face-offs for the Gulls as he won 8-of-13 (.62 win percentage) and scooped up four ground balls. Senior long-stick midfielder Connor Burgasser (Mendon, N.Y.) caused a team-high two turnovers in the win and scooped up three ground balls. Junior goalie Johnny Rodriguez (Gambrills, Md.) earned his first victory of the season in between the pipes as he staved off seven shots in 45 minutes of action. Fellow classmate Tim Swinburn (Swarthmore, Pa.) played the final 15 minutes of the game in goal and made two saves without allowing any goals.

The Pride (0-1) was led by attackman Brad Gesser who scored four goals and scooped up three ground balls in the loss. Senior goalie Matt Leach played the entire game and made 15 saves for Greensboro.

The Sea Gulls dominated almost every statistical category as they outshot the Pride 53-23, held a 34-24 ground balls advantage, and were a near-perfect 24-of-25 on clears while they held Greensboro to just 16-of-24 on clears. Face-offs were even as each team won 13 face-offs.

The Gulls will get back to work this week, as this Saturday they are set to square off with No. 18 Lynchburg College at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.