#7 Salisbury Holds Spartan Offense in Check in CAC Opener
SALISBURY, MD – The seventh ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls stifled the high flying York College Spartan offense 9-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both squads on Wednesday night in Salisbury, MD.
The Sea Gulls, who are the defending national Division III national champions, improve to 6-2 overall while the Spartans fall to 4-2.
Salisbury carried the play in the opening quarter as they held York scoreless while the Gulls netted four shots to take control early. Rhett DePol, Brady Dashiell, Greg Korvin and Wade Korvin each scored as the Salisbury offense asserted itself early in the game.
The Spartans finally got on the board with 7:01 left in the half as Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) converted a man-up opportunity for the Spartans' first goal. James Burton pushed the Salisbury lead back to four with a goal less than a minute after Hutson's tally but Spartan junior captain Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) scored his fourth goal of the year 1:14 prior to the half as York would trail by three at the break.
York converted another man-advantage opportunity just 31 seconds into the third quarter as Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) scored to bring York to within two at 5-3.
Salisbury responded with a pair of goals in the third quarter and closed out the scoring with two fourth quarter goals as they cruised to the win. The Spartans went scoreless over the final 29:31 of the game.
Alex Taylor earned the win in goal for the Gulls as he registered five saves in his 60 minutes of work. Freshman Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) played all 60 minutes and made 16 saves in the loss as he falls to 1-1.
Wade Korvin paced the Gull offense as he notched four points on two goals and two assists while he also had five ground balls. Greg Korvin and James Burton each added two goals. DePol and Eric Kluge each had a goal and an assist for Salisbury.
Tyler Granelli notched 13 face off wins and six ground balls for Salisbury. Zeke Smith caused a team-high five Spartan turnovers while he also picked up six ground balls.
The Sea Gulls outshot the Spartans 45-20 while they also held a 34-25 edge in ground balls. Salisbury dominated at the X as they won 13-of-15 face offs in the game.
The Spartans turned the ball over a season-high 22 times and had five failed clears in 22 attempts. The 16 saves by Abney were the second highest total on the season, three behind his 19-save effort at McDaniel. The Spartans' 20 total shots were 18 below their season average.
The Spartans will look to get back on the winning side of the ledger on Saturday afternoon when they will host Franklin & Marshall College in a non-conference contest. First face off is scheduled for 4:00 pm at Kinsley Field.
Seth Krolus photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications