Salisbury vs. Hood
April 14, 2008
The Game Story:
SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team dominated Hood College 29-3 in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Monday at Sea Gull Stadium. The 26-goal win was the largest margin of victory for top-ranked Salisbury (15-0) this season.

The Sea Gulls advance to the CAC semifinals where the maroon and gold will host fifth-seed York (Pa.) College on Thursday, April 17. A tentative game time of 4 p.m. has been set. The Spartans traveled to Dover, Del., on Monday and defeated fourth-seed Wesley College, 12-9. Salisbury and York played in the first official men's lacrosse night game at Sea Gull Stadium last month as the Sea Gulls won 25-4.

Senior attackman Matt Hickman had another strong performance as he scored seven goals and four assists to finish with a season-high 11 points. This was the second straight game Hickman has scored seven goals and the third time this season. On Monday, Hickman was named the CAC Men's Lacrosse Athlete of the Week.

Sophomore Jake DeLillo and freshman Erik Krum had career games against the winless Blazers (0-16). DeLillo finished the game with a season-high six points (four goals, two assists). Krum entered the game with four goals for the season and more than doubled that with his career-high five goals.

In addition to the breakout games, three other Sea Gulls posted three-point games including junior Kylor Berkman (one goal, two assists), junior Matt Berry (two goals, one assist) and freshman Shawn Zordani (two goals, one assist). SU had 13 different goal scorers as the Sea Gulls assisted 20 of their 29 goals. This is the seventh time this season Salisbury scored 20 or more goals.

Senior Nick Fiorentino (two saves) made his first collegiate start in goal for the Sea Gulls and played all 60 minutes to earn the win. Senior defenseman Ben Sandlin (five caused turnovers) and sophomore long-stick midfielder Connor Burgasser (six caused turnovers) gave Fiorentino all the defensive help he would need.

Salisbury scored the game's first seven goals before Hood scored back-to-back goals in 24 seconds to close the gap to five, 7-2. The Sea Gulls outscored Hood 6-1 up until the half where SU led 13-3.

The Sea Gulls were in complete control as they finished the game on a 19-0 run and outshot the Blazers 58-7 on the day. The maroon and gold scooped up 64 ground balls to Hood's 23 and won 32-of-36 face-offs. Hood turned the ball over 37 times while neither team managed to convert on their respective extra-man opportunities in a near penalty free game. Salisbury was 30-for-31 on clear attempts.

Salisbury has won 38 straight games since the beginning of the 2007 season and is 68-0 at home since 2003. SU also improves to 97-0 all-time in CAC play since the Sea Gulls joined the conference in 1995.

Hood goalie Sam Hofmann made 11 saves for the Blazers as he played the first three quarters before he made way for Nicholas O'Brien. Five different Hood starters scored a point in the Blazer's final CAC game of the season.