Salisbury vs. Hood
April 7, 2012
The Game Story:
SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team picked up its fifth Capital Athletic Conference victory with Saturday's 29-1 win over Hood College at Sea Gull Stadium.

Before the game, Salisbury recognized Head Coach Jim Berkman for his 400th-career win, making him the first men's lacrosse coach in NCAA history, across any division, to reach the milestone.

Senior attackman Matt Cannone had another big day to lead the Gulls with nine points on five goals and four assists. Cannone has now registered 121 assists in his career and surpassed Josh Bergey to become fifth on Salisbury's all-time career assists list.

Senior attackmen Tony Mendes and Erik Krum tied for second on the team with six points each. Both players put up three goals and three assists in the contest.

Mendes had a hand in each of the Sea Gulls' first three goals. He assisted Cannone as the Bayport, N.Y., native netted the first two scores before Mendes ripped an unassisted goal for the third. Three more goals gave Salisbury a 6-0 lead after the first period.

Salisbury put six more points on the board in the second quarter including the first four of the period before Hood scored its first of the game. Midfielder Trey Freeman scored Hood's goal with 2:30 left in the first half.

Junior attackman Matt Pierotti scored his first goal in the quarter. He finished the game with a career-high four tallies.

At the half, Salisbury led the game 12-1 while winning 11-of-15 faceoffs and converting 7-of-8 clears.

The Sea Gulls picked back up at the start of the second half as Krum scored their first goal of the half just eight seconds into the third quarter. Salisbury netted 10 scores in the quarter, including the first goals of the season for junior midfielder Brett Baer and senior midfielder Dean Rossi. Junior midfielder Lanny Ellis also scored his first goal as a Sea Gull.

Salisbury added seven more goals in the fourth quarter to finish out the game.

For the contest, the Gulls outshot the Blazers 61-10. Sixty-one shots is the most shots in a game for Salisbury since the team ripped off 65 against Marymount (Va.) University on April 12, 2011.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up the win, making one save, as all four Salisbury keepers saw action in the contest.

Salisbury will be in action again on Wednesday, April 11 as Wesley College comes to Sea Gull Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest.