Second-Ranked Sea Gulls Use Balance to Down No. 19 Mustangs

Second-Ranked Sea Gulls Use Balance to Down No. 19 Mustangs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - No. 19 Stevenson University outscored second-ranked Salisbury 5-2 in the fourth quarter, but the Sea Gulls got goals from eight different scorers as it posted a 14-9 win Saturday night in non-conference men's lacrosse at Mustang Stadium.

  • Stevenson (1-3) took a 1-0 lead 2:35 into the game on freshman Cam Leydig's first collegiate goal.
  • Salisbury (6-0) got goals at 5:38 and 1:53 to take a 2-1 lead.
  • Will Smith scored his first goal of the game with 1:12 left in the quarter to tie things 2-2.
  • The Sea Gulls held a slim 9-8 shot advantage in the opening frame.

  • Salisbury got a goal by Cross Ferrara 47 seconds into the period to take a 3-2 lead.
  • After a Sea Gull man-up goal at the 10:05 mark, Smith cashed in on a man-up opportunity at the 6:26 mark to pull the Mustangs within 4-3.
  • Ferrara scored two goals in a span of 1:44 to put the guests on top 6-3 with 1:03 before intermission.
  • Salisbury took that three-goal advantage into the locker room.

  • Salisbury scored the first four goals of the second half to extend its lead to 10-3 with 5:27 left in the third.
  • Jacob Tatum scored Stevenson's second man-up goal of the game at the 4:26 mark for the hosts' first goal of the third.
  • The Sea Gulls scored the final two goals of the period and took a 12-4 lead into the final frame.

  • Leydig scored his second goal of the game 1:47 into the fourth quarter.
  • JT Thelen scored at the 12:09 mark off a feed from Danny Buckwalter to pull Stevenson within 12-6.
  • The Sea Gulls scored at the 11:06 mark to make it 13-6.
  • Seth Thornton scored his first Stevenson goal after winning the faceoff with 10:54 to play.
  • Gray McKee scored back-to-back goals at 7:03 and 1:57 to pull the Mustangs within 13-9.
  • Salisbury potted an empty net goal with 1:07 left to account for the final.
  • Stevenson outshot the Sea Gulls 17-3 in the final frame.

  • Salisbury held a 46-39 shot advantage for the game.
  • The Sea Gulls won 15 of the game's 25 faceoffs.
  • Stevenson was successful on three of its six man-up chances, while Salisbury converted 2-of-6.
  • McKee finished with two goals and two assists to lead Stevenson. 
  • Smith totaled two goals and an assist, while Leydig notched two goals.
  • Tatum added a goal and an assist.
  • Thelen's goal was the 141st of his career, moving him into sole possession of third on the program's all-time goals list.
  • Tatum and Dominic DeFazio each had a pair of caused turnovers.
  • Tatum also picked up a team-best four ground balls, while Smith, Seth Thornton and Jimmy Case each had three on the evening.
  • Mustang goalie Sam Ross notched 10 saves.
  • Ferrara led the Sea Gulls with four goals. 

Cam Leydig scores his first collegiate goal to open the game's scoring.

  • Stevenson hosts its annual Mustang Classic next Friday and Saturday.
  • The Mustangs host No. 17 Lynchburg on Friday night and No. 6 York on Saturday, with both games slated for 8:30 pm starts Friday and Saturday.