March 21, 2012

Cannone Amasses 11 Points in Salisbury Romp

from press release

YORK, Pa.
– The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team began its Capital Athletic Conference title defense with a 22-3 victory at York (Pa.) College on Wednesday, the team's 16th-straight win, dating back to last season.

Senior Matt Cannone posted a career-high 11 points and matched his career-best seven goals in the contest, as Salisbury (9-0, 1-0 CAC) jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first 23 minutes and never looked back.

The 11 points are the most scored by a Sea Gull since Matt Hickman came up with 11 against Hood College on April 14, 2008. The seven goals give Cannone 180 for his Salisbury career, which puts him third on the program's all-time list, passing Dave Cottle, who scored 179 from 1974-77. Cannone is now 18 scores shy of Dan Boyer (2003-06) in second.

Seniors Ryan Clarke, Sam Bradman and Erik Krum scored for the Sea Gulls in the first three minutes on Wednesday before the Spartans tallied their first goal to cut the lead to 3-1. The game's longest scoreless streak ensued, lasting nearly six minutes, before Krum put home his second of the day with 26 seconds left in the first quarter allowing Salisbury to take a 4-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.

Salisbury scored the first four goals of the second quarter with Bradman finding the back of the net twice, both times off Cannone assists. York (3-4, 0-2 CAC) scored a man-up goal to make it 8-2 before Cannone exploded over the final 5:28 of the first half.

The Bayport, N.Y., native scored three times before halftime to put the Gulls up 11-2 at the break. Cannone tallied seven points in the first half, and didn't wait long in the third quarter to continue.

After a goal by senior Tony Mendes, Cannone put together a string of three goals again, with assists from Mendes and senior Lantz Carter, as the lead grew to 15-2.

The Spartans tallied their final goal of the contest with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter before Salisbury put up six more goals to close out the game, including the first career goal by freshman Kyle Goss, which closed out the game's scoring with 4:35 left.

Along with Cannone's career day, Bradman, Krum and senior Kyle Quist each posted hat tricks in the game.

Carter led the team with four ground balls and senior Evan Hockel helped in the defensive effort, causing a pair of turnovers and scooping up two loose balls. York turned the ball over 17 times in the game while Salisbury was good on 20-of-24 clear attempts.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor registered nine saves in nearly 40 minutes in the cage, while all four Salisbury keepers saw time in the contest.

Tyler Hutson led the Spartans with a pair of goals and Blake Bing scored once.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Saturday, March 24, hosting Frostburg State University at Sea Gull Stadium. The contest is slated to begin 1 p.m.


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