Salisbury vs. Denison
March 16, 2008
The Game Story:
SALISBURY, Md. - Junior goalie Riley Clark made a career-high 17 saves for the top-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team as the Sea Gulls rallied to win a defensive struggle 6-3 against Denison University before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 364 at Sea Gull Stadium.

Clark made seven saves in the fourth quarter as Denison (3-2) ripped off 13 shots. He faced 22 shots in the second half and 32 for the game. Clark's counterpart Alex Baruch was also phenomenal in goal as the Denison goalie made 15 saves against 40 SU shots. Baruch, like Riley, made sevens saves on 13 shots but in the third quarter. Baruch only had two saves in the decisive fourth quarter as the Sea Gulls (8-0) tallied three goals to stay unbeaten.

Salisbury trailed 3-2 early in the second half as Denison's Nick Jacobs scored an unassisted goal at the 12:03 mark in the third quarter. SU senior attackman Greg Titus (three goals) answered on the next possession, 43 seconds later, as he finished a feed from junior Patrick Bonanno to knot the game at three apiece.

The score remained tied until the fourth quarter when Titus scored the eventual game-winner off an assist from fellow senior attackman Matt Hickman (one goal, two assists) at the 14:07 mark. Salisbury added to its lead three minutes later when senior midfielder Kevin Kustron beat Baruch for the goal. Kustron was assisted by junior midfielder Kylor Berkman (two assists). The Titus-Hickman combination connected again with 6:10 left in the game to give SU the three-goal advantage.

Denison scored the game's first goal with 57 seconds left in the first quarter as Dan Maude scored a man-up goal off a Topher Nazaruk assist to put the Big Red up 1-0. The Big Red defense held the potent Sea Gull offense in check as the Sea Gulls were held scoreless for 24 minutes and 39 seconds to begin the game. Hickman knotted the game at 1-1 as Berkman added the assist. Maude scored his second goal of the game with 2:37 left before the half as the teams went into the intermission tied at two.

The Sea Gulls dominated on face-offs as the maroon and gold won 9-of-12 and scooped up 38 ground balls. Salisbury and Denison both struggled on extra-man opportunities as the Sea Gulls were held 0-for-9 and the Big Red only converted 1-of-11 chances.

This is the first time the Sea Gulls have been held to six or less goals since May 12, 2002 in the NCAA quarterfinals when Gettysburg beat the visiting Sea Gulls, 7-5. The last time Salisbury was held to a single digit goal output was May 19, 2007 in the NCAA semifinals as the Sea Gulls beat Gettysburg, 9-6.

SU has won 31 games in a row since the beginning of the 2007 season. Salisbury has won 70 consecutive regular-season games and is 65-0 at home since 2003.

Salisbury next heads to Florida where the Sea Gulls will face No. 14 St. Lawrence University in a neutral site game at Sylvan Lake Park on Thursday, March 20, at Noon. The two teams met in Florida two years ago as the Sea Gulls won 9-7.