Nichols vs. Salem State
March 20, 2010
The Game Story:
DUDLEY, Mass. (March 20) – Freshman attacker Justin Jones scored five goals and added an assist to lead the Salem State men’s lacrosse team to a 9-5 victory over Nichols at Vendetti Field Saturday afternoon. The Vikings improve to 3-2, while the Bison still search for their first win on the year at 0-3.

Robert Mulroy finished with four points on two goals and two assists, connecting with Jones on three occasions, and Jonathan Falls added a goal and an assist.

Tim Ahern (Boca Raton, Fla.) led the Bison with a goal and two assists, with four other players recording single goals. Goalkeeper Scott Gray (Annapolis, Md.) finished with 15 saves, including six in the second quarter.

Salem State scored twice in the opening 1:11 of the game on goals from Jones and Mulroy before Steve Delahanty (Auburn, N.H.) cut the Vikings’ lead in half at 10:24. Jones and Falls added two more before the quarter had finished for a 4-1 lead.

Gray came up big in net for the Bison in the second quarter with six saves, but Mulroy connected with Jones for his third of the game at 12:09 and a 5-1 lead that held at halftime.

Macaulay Gillis (Northborough, Mass.) converted on a quick pass from Ahern to open the third quarter to cut the Vikings’ lead to three, but Jones returned the favor to Mulroy just 43 seconds later to push the score to 6-2.

Jones then added an unassisted tally at 2:48, but Ahern found Matt Caulfield (Fairfield, Conn.) open up top 15 seconds later off the draw to make it 7-3 at the end of the third.

Ahern scored an unassisted goal to start the fourth and cut the Vikings’ lead to three, 7-4. Nichols seemed to pick up some momentum, but Vikings netminder Brendan Gill made three crucial stops in the frame.

Jones edged the Vikings ahead by four with 4:10 left but Pacific answered back two minutes later to make it 8-5. A Salem State goal by Kyle Dolan with 1.7 seconds left capped the scoring.

Gill improved to 3-2 with 16 saves, while Gray shouldered the loss with 15. The Vikings held a slim lead in groundballs, 50-49, and in faceoffs, 10-18. Nichols was successful in 22 of 29 clear attempts, while Salem State was 21-of-33.