|SALISBURY, Md. Ė Two days of nearly non-stop rain didnít stop the No. 4 ranked Salisbury University menís lacrosse team from hosting No. 15 ranked Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Gulls shot out of the gates, scoring two goals in the first two minutes of play, and never looked back as they rolled past the Battling Bishops 15-6.|
Salisburyís accuracy was on point, as the first five shots ripped by Sea Gulls (6-0) all resulted in goals; in the first quarter, the maroon and gold scored eight goals on nine shots. Senior attackman Mike Winter (Port Washington, N.Y.) led the Sea Gull charge by netting three goals in the first quarter alone, including a behind-the-back shot that flew past Bishop goalkeeper Jud Hall. The Bishops (2-2) didnít get on the board until the second quarter with 10:49 remaining on the clock as Ohio Wesleyan attackman Shaun Crow scored his teamís first and only goal of the half.
The second half was more of the same for Salisbury, whose impenetrable defense allowed only 13 shots on the day for the Bishops. Sophomore midfielder Sam Bradman (Canton, N.Y.), who scored two goals in the first half, netted Salisburyís 11th and 12th goals in the third quarter and finished with a team-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Eight different Sea Gulls scored goals in the victory, including sophomore midfielder Jeff McGuire (Millersville, Md.), who netted his first career goal in the fourth quarter with just 1:31 left to play.
In between the pipes, three different Sea Gulls saw playing time: junior Johnny Rodriguez (Gambrills, Md.) earned the win as he played the entire first half and was forced to make only one save. The other two goalkeepers, junior Tim Swinburn (Swarthmore, Pa.) and freshman Mitch Meredith (Annapolis, Md.) made a combined three saves in the second half to preserve Salisburyís significant margin of victory. Salisbury fired off 44 shots in the win.
Salisburyís next contest will be this Wednesday as the Sea Gulls host The College of Wooster in their first night game of the season. The first face-off is set for 7 p.m.