Salisbury vs. Ohio Wesleyan
March 12, 2011
The Game Story:
SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3-ranked Salisbury University men's lacrosse team escaped Sea Gull Stadium with an 8-4 non-conference victory over visiting Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon.

The Battling Bishops (2-2) tallied the game's first goal at the 7:37 mark, as Drew Scharf converted a man-up opportunity off an assist from David Walter. Junior midfielder Sam Bradman responded with an unassisted goal to knot the score with 4:44 remaining in the first quarter.

After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless play in the second frame, junior attackman Kyle Quist struck with his third goal of the season, this one unassisted, to give Salisbury its first lead of the contest. Following a slashing penalty on the Sea Gulls, the Battling Bishops converted their second man-up goal of the afternoon, with Scharf finding the net for the second time in the contest.

At the end of the first half of play, Salisbury held a 14-9 shots advantage, a narrow 14-13 edge in ground balls and won 4-of-6 face-offs.

After eight minutes of scoreless play, senior midfielder Shawn Zordani delivered a major momentum boost for the maroon and gold; the Littleton, Colo., native collected junior attackman Matt Cannone's pass and rifled the ball into the top left corner of the net for a 3-2 lead. Cannone followed that up with nearly an identical play, this time with senior midfielder Perry Craz being rewarded with the goal. Spencer Schnell closed out the quarter with a goal with 1:34 remaining to bring the score to 4-3 in favor of the Sea Gulls.

Bradman kicked off the fourth quarter with his second unassisted goal of the day to extend the lead 5-3; SU would outscore OWU 3-1 the rest of the way, with Zordani, junior attackman Erik Krum and senior midfielder Spencer Smith closing out for SU.

For the day, Salisbury outshot Ohio Wesleyan 35-20, won the ground balls advantage 29-22 and won 12-of-16 face-offs.

The Sea Gulls will open up Capital Athletic Conference play on the road at Wesley College next Saturday. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.