No. 1 Salisbury in control, beats No. 5 Gettysburg

Dominance in faceoffs, balanced scoring key, 12-6

College Lacrosse

April 04, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Corey O'Neil scored four goals and Justin Smith added three yesterday as top-ranked Salisbury defeated No. 5 Gettysburg, 12-6, in a nonconference Division III men's lacrosse game.

O'Neil scored late in the first half and added three more goals in the fourth quarter, while All-American defensemen Eric Martin and Jeff Bigas collected 12 ground balls and nine turnovers in holding the Bullets (5-2) scoreless in 5 1/2 minutes of extra-man time.

Andy Arnold scored on an assist from O'Neil to give the Sea Gulls (11-0) a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, and Andrew Reed stretched the lead to 4-2 early in the second quarter.

A three-minute non-releaseable penalty on Arnold opened the door for the Bullets (5-2), who managed only three shots and no goals during the extended extra-man chance.

Salisbury took a 5-3 lead into the break and opened the second half with a 3-0 run before Chase Stewart scored twice to make it 8-5 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Sea Gulls won the ensuing faceoff, and Smith got his third goal of the day with six seconds left in the period.

Salisbury got goals from seven players, caused 17 turnovers and won 14 of 21 faceoffs.

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