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Salisbury falls to Tufts in DIII national championship game

Posted on 25 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The No. 2 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team fell on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in the NCAA Division III national championship game, 12-9, to No. 6 Tufts University, marking only the second time in seven trips that the Sea Gulls have dropped a championship game in Baltimore.

“We fought to the bitter end and had a couple opportunities in the fourth quarter to close the game down to a one-goal game, which we didn’t quite get,” Head Coach Jim Berkman said. “We had an outstanding season. The quality schedule that we played and the number of top-ranked opponents that we won against has been a testament to the great kids and great leadership that we’ve had this season.”

Tufts jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Peter Gill, 55 seconds into the game, but the Sea Gulls answered with a 3-0 run to end the first quarter.

Senior midfielder Greg Korvin netted the Gulls’ first goal, curling around the left side of the crease and planting a high shot in the cage, before assisting junior midfielder Sean Fitzgerald 45 seconds later; Fitzgerald ripped a high shot driving left to give SU its first lead, 2-1.

Salisbury took the 3-1 lead into the second quarter, as sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo took a pass from senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick and found the cage from 12 yards out on the right wing.

Less than five minutes into the second quarter, senior attackman Luke Phipps dodged his defender and ran to the crease from the right side to score his first and increase the lead to three goals.

The Jumbos used a 2-0 run to cut the lead to 4-3, but senior attackman Rhett DePol scored on a fastbreak goal to regain a two-goal lead, 5-3. DePol took a pass from junior attackman Mike Kane and put away his first on the crease.

Another 2-0 Tufts run tied the game, 5-5, as the teams would take that score into halftime. At the break, Salisbury held a slight lead in shots, 23-21, and ground balls, 16-15, while Tufts won more faceoffs, 7-of-12.

The Jumbos came out of the half with two quick goals in the first five minutes to break the tie, 7-5, with both coming from Ben Andreycak.

Senior midfielder Donovan Lange ripped a low shot from 15 yards to cut the lead to one, but Tufts answered with five-straight goals, outscoring the Sea Gulls, 7-1, in the third quarter.

Trailing 12-6 at the start of the fourth, Salisbury began its comeback attempt, as Lange netted his second just over one minute into the quarter, hitting from the right wing.

Kane scored on the crease on a pass from Phipps just over two minutes later, bringing the Gulls within four goals with 11:36 to play.

Salisbury was unable to complete the comeback, with its final goal coming from Fitzgerald at the 6:52 mark of the fourth.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor played all 60 minutes in the cage, making nine saves in the game.

Playing in its final game, Salisbury’s senior class amassed an 82-9 overall record, while advancing to four NCAA tournaments and three national championship games, winning two.

“I am very proud of our seniors…those guys all refocused our group last year and just had a great run,” Berkman said. “I can honestly say this was one of my most enjoyable years coaching ever.”

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Salisbury tops Washington College, advances to national championship game

Posted on 18 May 2014 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – Host #2 Salisbury used a 11-2 run from late in the first quarter to the fourth quarter to turn a 3-0 deficit into an 11-5 lead en route to a 13-8 victory over at Sea Gull Stadium in a NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Semifinal game on Sunday evening in front of 2,375 fans.  The Sea Gulls improve to 21-1 with the victory, while the Shoremen conclude their season at 18-2.

The Shoremen scored the game’s opening goal just 58 seconds into the contest when senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) scored unassisted from the right side.  Washington made it 2-0 with 8:47 left in the first quarter when sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) drove in from the left side and put in a bounce shot from five yards out.  Nowicki scored his second goal of the first quarter with 7:21 remaining to put the Shoremen ahead by three.  Salisbury got onto the board when Rhett DePol scored from the left side with eight seconds left to trim the WC lead to 3-1.

Salisbury used a 5-2 second quarter to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 6-5 lead at halftime.  The Sea Gulls trimmed the lead to 3-2 just 44 seconds into the quarter on a man-up goal by Sean Fitzgerald from the right side after he faked the original shot and bounced it in.  DePol evened the game with 11:56 to go in the second from the left side right in front of the crease after he faked high and went low.  Nowicki gave the Shoremen the lead back with 9:56 to go in the second from about 12 yards out down the middle into the left side of the net.  Fitzgerald evened the game up again at 4-4 when his shot from the left side found the upper right corner of the goal with 8:01 left in the first half and Adam Stork gave Salisbury its first lead of the night 70 seconds later at 5-4 on a bounce shot from the left side.  The Stork tally also put Salisbury up for the rest of the night.  The Sea Gulls scored a man-up score with 4:37 left when Luke Phipps scored from five yards out on the right side from DePol to give Salisbury a 6-4 lead.  Washington took advantage of a man-up situation with 35 seconds left when sophomore attackman Casey Kermes (State College, Pa./Northfield Mount Herman (Mass.) scored from Looney from the left side to reduce the Salisbury lead to 6-5.  Salisbury had one last chance to make it 7-5 following a caused turnover by DePol, but DePol was ruled to be in the crease and the goal was ruled no good and the Sea Gulls took a 6-5 lead into halftime.

The Sea Gulls made it 7-5 just 2:01 into the third quarter when Fitzgerald scored on a man-up situation from the right side with Donovan Lange tallying the assist.  Mike Kane made it 8-5 with 11:29 left in the third quarter on a shot from the left side on a feed from Fitzgerald.  Greg Korvin made it 9-5 with 5:27 remaining in the third when he drove down the middle and bounced a shot into the left side and the Sea Gulls would take a four-goal advantage into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Salisbury made it 10-5 with 12:52 left on a Fitzgerald goal from in front of the crease on the left side from Korvin.  Stork made it 11-5 with 10:56 to go in the quarter from the right side on a pass from Thomas Cirillo.  The Shoremen scored their first goal since late in the second quarter when Kermes scored from the left side off of a feed from Looney as the pair connected for the second time in the game with 9:27 to go to cut the lead to 11-6 and ended a 5-0 Sea Gull run.  Salisbury made it 12-6 with 6:32 left in the contest when Kane was able to grab a loose ball off of a rebound and put it into the cage from the left side in front of the crease.  The Kermes-Looney connection worked again with 3:14 to go when Kermes scored from the left side with Looney tallying the helper to trim the lead to 12-7.  Salisbury made it 13-7 with 2:22 left on a Kane score with Cirillo picking up the assist.  Looney tallied his fifth point of the night and second goal with 39 ticks left to trim the lead to 13-8.

For Salisbury, Fitzgerald had a team-best four points on three goals and one assist and scooped up a team-high five groundballs.  Kane had three goals and DePol had three points on two goals and a helper.  Tallying two goals were Phipps and Stork, while Cirillo had a pair of assists.  Korvin had two points on a goal and an assist.  In goal, Alex Taylor made eight saves as he played the first 57:59 of the game.

Looney had a game-best five points on a contest-high three helpers to go along with two goals.  Kermes and Nowicki tied Fitzgerald and Kane for tops in the game with three scores.  All of Looney’s three helpers were on goals by Kermes.  Junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) won 15-of-22 face-offs to lead all players and scooped up 10 ground balls to lead all participants.  In net, senior goalkeeper Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) made nine saves.

Salisbury held a 37-33 edge in shots and went 18-for-20 in clears, while WC was 11-for-15.  WC held a 30-28 edge in ground balls and won 16 of the contest’s 23 face-offs.  The Sea Gulls went 3-for-6 on the man-up, while holding the Shoremen to one goal in seven man-up chances.  The Shoremen turned it over 18 times; while the Sea Gulls coughed it up just 12 times.

The 18-2 (.900) mark for Washington this season was the team’s most successful season in terms of winning percentage since going 11-1 (.917) in 1967.  The 18 victories ties the 2004 team for the most wins in a season as that team went 18-3 and that was the last WC squad to reach the semifinal round where they lost 13-11 to Salisbury.

It was the 11th all-time meeting in the NCAA Tournament for the Shoremen and the Sea Gulls with WC now leading 6-5.  Washington won in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996 and 1998; while Salisbury won in 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2014.

Salisbury will play Tufts next Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium for the Division III Championship as Tufts (20-2) downed host Rochester Institute of Technology (20-1) by a 21-11 score earlier today in Rochester, N.Y.

Tonight marked the final game in a Washington uniform for nine seniors.  The seniors were DiSalvo, Nowicki, long stick midfielder Michael Baker(Meridian, Idaho/Meridian), attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph), attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall), midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado), defenseman Casey McKnight (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) midfielder Ryan Polak(Cincinnati, Ohio/Ridgewood (N.J.), defenseman Stephen Pappas (Ocean City, Md./Worcester Prep).

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Salisbury coach Berkman, former Maryland women elected to Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Posted on 22 May 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — The 2013 induction class for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame has been approved by the US Lacrosse Board of Directors. This year’s eight-person class will be officially inducted in a ceremony, sponsored by Bollinger Sports Insurance and the Markel Insurance Company, on Saturday, October 26, at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md.

The members of the 2013 induction class are: Jim Berkman, Quinn Carney, Michele DeJuliis, Sue Heether, Bill Miller, Tracy Stumpf, Ryan Wade, and Michael Watson.

Tickets for the 2013 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available to the public for purchase beginning August 1. Tickets will be sold online at www.uslacrosse.org/HOF.

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a program of US Lacrosse, was established in 1957 to honor men and women who by their deeds as players, coaches, officials and/or contributors, and by the example of their lives, personify the great contribution of lacrosse to our way of life. More than 380 lacrosse greats are honored in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located with the Lacrosse Museum at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Baltimore.

Brief bios for this year’s inductees follow, with more detailed career accomplishments listed further below:

Jim Berkman
Berkman will be inducted as a truly great coach. He completed his 25th season as the head coach at Salisbury (Md.) University in 2013 and his 26th year overall as a head coach. Berkman is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men’s lacrosse history, with a 428-48 career record through the 2013 season. Berkman has won the NCAA Division III national championship 10 times (1994, 1995, 1999, 2003-05, 2007, 2008, 2001, 2012) – all at Salisbury – and finished as the national runner-up four other times. He also has the highest winning percentage (90.1%) of any men’s college coach in history. Berkman has coached Salisbury to seven undefeated seasons and 17 conference championships. He has been recognized three times as the USILA’s national coach of the year (1991, 2008, 2012), and eight times as his conference’s coach of the year.

Quinn Carney
Carney will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-year starter as a midfielder at the University of Maryland, Carney was a two-time All-American, earning first team honors in 2001 and third team honors in 1999. She helped to lead the Terrapins to four straight NCAA national championships from 1998-2001, and three straight ACC Championships from 1999-2001.

Carney was a three-time All-ACC selectee (1999-2001) and was also selected to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002. She finished her Maryland career ranked third on the school’s all-time list in assists (110), fifth in goals (162) and fifth in points (265). She was a two-time member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (2001, 2005) and named to the All-World Team in 2005. Carney holds the record for most goals scored in World Cup play (37) by a U.S. player.

Michele DeJuliis
DeJuliis will be inducted as a truly great player. She was a four-time All-American at Penn State University, earning first team honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and third team honors in 1994. DeJuliis finished her career ranked sixth on Penn State’s all-time scoring list with 203 points, and led the Nittany Lions in scoring in 1994, 1995 and 1996. As a senior, she served as team captain and was selected for the North-South All-Star Game. DeJuliis was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Program from 1994-2009, and served as captain of the 2009 World Cup team that won the world championship. She has received both the Amy Willard Award (1997) and the Beth Allen Award (2009) as a participant in US Lacrosse’s Women’s National Tournament, and has been honored twice as MVP of the Vail Shootout Tournament.

Sue Heether
Heether will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-year starter at Loyola University Maryland, Heether was a first-team All-American in 1990 and also selected as the IWLCA’s national goalie of the year that season. She was a three-time member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (1993, 1997, 2001), helping Team USA capture the world championship in each of those years. She also served as an alternate to the team in 1989 and 2005. Heether ranks second all-time in saves (53) by a U.S. player in World Cup competition. Following her playing career, she added a fourth World Cup title as head coach of the U.S. team in 2009. Heether was recipient of US Lacrosse’s Beth Allen Award in 2005 as the most outstanding U.S. team player at the National Tournament.

Bill Miller
Miller will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a four-time All-American at Hobart (N.Y.) College, earning first team honors in 1989, 1990 and 1991, and honorable mention status in 1988. Additionally, Miller was a two-time winner of both the USILA’s national Division III player of the year award and national attackman of the year award (1990, 1991). He helped lead Hobart to four NCAA Division III national championships (1988-1991) during his career, and finished as Hobart’s all-time leader in goals (173), and second all-time in assists (145) and points (318). Miller played professionally in the indoor NLL for the Philadelphia Wings from 1991-1998, and was MVP of the NLL’s championship game in 1998. He was also a two-time member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, helping Team USA to world championships in 1994 and 1998.

Tracy Stumpf
Stumpf will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-year starter on defense at the University of Maryland, Stumpf was a two-time, first team All-American, earning the honor in both 1985 and 1986. She was also named to the NCAA’s All-Tournament Team three times (1984, 1985, 1986) and was team captain for the Terrapins’ first national championship team in 1986. Stumpf played in the North-South All-Star Game in 1986. Additionally, she was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in 2002, and the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2006. Stumpf spent seven years (1986-1993) as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Program, and was a member of the 1989 championship-winning U.S. World Cup Team. She served as an alternate for the 1986 U.S. World Cup Team.

Ryan Wade
Wade will be inducted as a truly great player. He was a three-time All-American at the University of North Carolina, earning first team honors in 1993 and 1994, and second team honors in 1992. Additionally, Wade was tabbed as the USILA’s midfielder of the year in 1993. Wade was the ACC’s player of the year in both 1993 and 1994, and was a four-time selectee to the All-ACC team (1991-1994). North Carolina won four ACC championships during his tenure, and also captured the NCAA national championship in 1991. Wade was a member of three U.S. national teams, playing on the U-19 squad in 1992 and the world champion U.S. Men’s National Team in both 1994 and 1998. He was selected to the All-World Team in 1998, and also named as winner of the Best and Fairest Player Award (MVP) at the 1998 world championship.

Michael Watson
Watson will be inducted as a truly great player. A four-time All-American at the University of Virginia, Watson earned first team honors in 1996 and 1997, second team honors in 1995, and third team honors in 1994. He was also named as the USILA’s attackman of the year in 1996. Watson won the ACC’s Rookie of the Year Award as a freshman in 1994 and the ACC’s Player of the Year Award as a senior in 1997. He was also a four-time All-ACC team selectee. Watson helped lead the Cavaliers to the NCAA national championship game in both 1994 and 1996, and was named the NCAA Tournament’s most outstanding player in 1996. He finished his career ranked second on UVA’s all-time scoring list with 141 goals. Watson was a member of the 1998 U.S. Men’s National Team, and a five-time all-star professionally in Major League Lacrosse.

 

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Stevenson tops Salisbury, will play for D3 title

Posted on 20 May 2013 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 12 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team’s title defense came to an end on Sunday night at Mustang Stadium, as the Sea Gulls fell to No. 4 Stevenson University, 12-6, in an NCAA Division III semifinal game; this marked the fourth-straight semifinal appearance for the Gulls, but the first loss in the round since 1998 and the first time failing to make the national championship since 2009.

Stevenson jumped out to an early lead on the Sea Gulls, starting the game with a three-goal run. Less than two minutes into the game, at the 13:27 mark, Mark Pannenton scored for the Mustangs to begin the run. Pannenton blocked a pass by junior goalkeeper Alex Taylor and retrieved the ground ball for a one-on-one chance.

Freshman attackman Brady Dashiell, Salisbury’s leader with three goals, stopped the run with the Sea Gulls’ first goal to cut the lead; junior attackman Rhett DePol passed across the crease to an open Dashiell, who put the ball home in the right side of the cage. Dashiell and DePol both tallied four points to lead the Gulls, as DePol registered a team-high three assists.

The quarter ended with two goals from the Mustangs, as Salisbury entered the second quarter trailing, 5-1.

The Gulls took little time getting onto the scoreboard in the second, scoring two goals in the first two minutes of the period.

At the 14:05 mark, Dashiell had the ball near the right sideline, before dodging his defender, running to the crease and beating the Mustang’s keeper for his second goal. He then assisted DePol just 64 seconds later, passing the ball to DePol, who faked the goalie on the crease and scored low to cut the lead to 5-3.

After getting within two, the Sea Gulls gave up a four-goal run to the Mustangs to end the half. Chris Dashiell scored three during the run for Stevenson, and Salisbury entered halftime trailing, 9-3.

At the half, Salisbury was trailing in shots, 22-16, and faceoffs won, 2-of-6, but the Sea Gulls were successful on 5-of-7 clears.

Both teams scored only one goal in the third quarter, with Tyler Smith ripping a shot from 15 yards for the Sea Gulls, and the score entering the fourth quarter was 10-4.

While holding the Mustangs to the single score, the Gulls were unable to jump at the chance to gain some ground. “We did create some opportunities during that run,” Head Coach Jim Berkman said. “We just weren’t able to capitalize.”

To start the final quarter, Stevenson’s Tyler Reid scored at the 13:05 mark to increase the Mustang’s lead to 11-4, but two goals from the Sea Gulls cut the lead to five with just over six minutes remaining.

Brady Dashiell completed his hat trick by taking a pass from DePol and netting a shot from the right wing.

Smith tallied his second on a man-up chance; he took a pass from junior midfielder Greg Korvin and whizzed a low shot from 20 yards past the keeper.

The Mustangs scored again late to cap the game.

Taylor played all 60 minutes for the Gulls in the cage and made nine saves in the effort.

Despite the 2013 season coming to an end, the Sea Gulls were a young team this season that now has good experience moving forward. “There are some young guys that definitely got their feet wet and hopefully got some great experience,” Berkman said. “It will really pay dividends in the future.”

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Four Maryland teams headed to DIII Tournament

Posted on 06 May 2013 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Stevenson men’s lacrosse team will be making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the fourth-ranked Mustangs will host Christopher Newport at Mustang Stadium in the first round on
Wednesday, May 8. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.

Stevenson (17-2) finished the regular season with at least 15 wins for the fifth-straight year and is 8-4 in the NCAA tournament. The team has advanced to the national semifinals in three of its four previous appearances and is 1-0 in first round contests.

Meanwhile, Christopher Newport (8-8) is making the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse
Championship. The Captains, who will be joining the Capital Athletic Conference next year, have only been in existence since 2007.

Wednesday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Mustangs and Captains.

The winner between Stevenson and Christopher Newport will advance to the second round on Saturday, May 11 to face the winner between Washington (Md.) and Colorado College.

The quarterfinals will be on Wednesday, May 15 with the semifinals on Sunday, May 19. The Division III national championship game will be played on Sunday, May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Seven of Stevenson’s 2013 opponents were selected to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship, including Western New England, Nazareth, Tufts, RIT, Salisbury, Lynchburg and Roanoke. The Mustangs went 5-2 against those teams with their only losses to Tufts and Roanoke, both by just one goal.

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Stevenson gets big rivalry win at Salisbury

Posted on 03 April 2013 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse sophomore Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) scored his second goal of the game with just 1:39 remaining in the fourth quarter off an assist from junior Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) to lift the No. 3 Mustangs to a 10-8 victory over No. 6 Salisbury Wednesday night at Sea Gull Stadium.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Stevenson (10-1) who improved to 4-5 all-time at Sea Gull Stadium. It was also the sixth
time in 15 career meetings that the game was decided by two goals or less, including the fourth out of the last seven.

Candon, who had just one assist in three previous games in the series, finished with three points on two goals and one assist. He also picked up his third career game-winning goal.

The Mustangs trailed 3-2 with 6:06 remaining in the first quarter following Stephen Norris’ third goal of the game.

However, Candon tied the game just 41 seconds later before sophomores Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) each netted second quarter tallies to give Stevenson a 5-3 halftime lead.

The goals were the beginning of a 6-0 run for the Mustangs who added three third-quarter goals, including two from senior Tyler Reid
(Clinton, Conn./Xavier) and a second from Burgoyne as Stevenson led 8-3 with 10:30 left in the third.

Salisbury (10-3) answered with a 5-0 run of its own, capped by Eric Kluge’s third goal of the game to tie it at 8-8 with 5:56 to play as
the Sea Gulls held Stevenson scoreless for a span of 19:34.

Reid added an insurance goal with just seven seconds remaining, his third score of the game. He now has six goals in six career meetings against Salisbury with five of those coming at Sea Gull Stadium.

Meanwhile, Dashiell finished with two assists and the Salisbury native now has three goals and five assists in six all-time meetings against the Sea Gulls. He also picked up the win in his first-ever game against his brother Brady who is a freshman attacker for Salisbury.

In goal, freshman Dimitri Pecunes (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) won his first career start against the Sea Gulls, making 12 saves,
including six in each half. He is the third Mustang to win his first-ever start against Salisbury, joining Geoff Hebert in 2009 and
Ian Bolland in 2011.

Kluge totaled three goals and one assist to lead the Sea Gulls who were 0-for-6 with the man-advantage. Norris also finished with three
goals while Wade Korvin had three points with two goals and one assist. Alex Taylor totaled 15 saves in goal.

Stevenson continues its three-game homestand with a Commonwealth Conference contest at Alvernia on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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Salisbury tops Cortland for another DIII title

Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team capped off the program’s seventh undefeated season and 10th National Championship on Sunday by defeating the State University of New York at Cortland in the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship game, 14-10, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The team finished the season with a 23-0 record and ends the year riding a 30-game winning streak. Twenty-three wins matches the program record for most in a season and the national title is the 16th team title in Salisbury University history.

“We’ve had some pretty special teams at Salisbury,” Head Coach Jim Berkman said. “I can honestly say that this team is right there with some of those other teams. When we talk about the best teams, this is definitely right there in the same breath.”

Senior attackman Sam Bradman became the first Division III men’s lacrosse player to win the Most Outstanding Player award in a National Championship game in back-to-back years. Bradman led the Sea Gulls with seven points on six goals and one assist in the game.

“I’ve loved big competition, big games ever since high school,” Bradman said. “Getting into the big games, my intensity goes up, and I just like to give it my all.”

Bradman and senior attackmen Matt Cannone and Lantz Carter led Salisbury to victory, completing the championship repeat. Cannone led the team with three assists and netted two goals for five points. Carter chipped in with four points on three goals and one assist.

Bradman put Salisbury on the board first with an unassisted goal just 29 seconds into the game. Two Cortland goals gave the Red Dragons the lead before Carter netted his first score to tie the game, 2-2.

Bradman scored his second with 16 seconds left in the first and the Gulls went into the second quarter tied with Cortland, 3-3.

Goals by Bradman and Cannone to start the second quarter gave Salisbury a 5-3 lead. After Cortland scored two to tie the game, senior midfielder Jeff McGuire and Carter netted scores to regain the two-goal lead. Carter’s goal came with two seconds left, and Salisbury took the 7-5 lead into halftime.

The Sea Gull offense came to life in the second quarter to outshoot the Red Dragons 14-7. In the first half, Salisbury outshot Cortland 19-16, won 8-of-13 faceoffs and was successful on 6-of-7 clears.

Salisbury started the second half slowly, as the Red Dragons netted two quick scores in the first five minutes of the third quarter. However, two more goals from Bradman and a man-up score from senior attackman Erik Krum gave the Gulls a 10-9 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Salisbury held the lead despite being outscored 4-3 in the third period.

The Sea Gulls rebounded in the fourth quarter to outscore Cortland 4-1, and solidify the win. Bradman, Cannone, Carter and junior midfielder Ryan Clarke all scored in the quarter.

“We had a great senior class, 18 kids who contributed a great deal over a four-year period,” Berkman said. “I’m very fortunate to be able to coach those 18 seniors.”

Throughout its time at Salisbury University, the senior class has amassed a record of 81-7, made it to four NCAA tournaments, advanced to three National Championship games and won two National Championships.

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Salisbury tops Stevenson in NCAA Tournament semis

Posted on 20 May 2012 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – No. 1-ranked Salisbury scored four third-quarter goals while Alex Taylor totaled 19 saves as the Sea Gulls advanced to their 14th national championship game with a 7-2 victory over fifth-ranked Stevenson Sunday in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Sea Gull Stadium.

The Mustangs (18-5) finish the season one win shy of the school record for wins in a season set in 2010 while making their third semifinal appearances in four NCAA tournament berths from 2009-12.

Sunday marked the 14th all-time meeting between the two schools and the third in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first quarter despite Salisbury holding a 12-3 advantage in shots. Senior Ian
Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made four first-quarter saves.

The game remained scoreless until the Sea Gulls’ Lantz Carter scored unassisted with 3:46 remaining in the second quarter. The goal was the first allowed by either team in the series in a span of 36:20 since Salisbury’s Sam Bradman scored with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter of the CAC championship game on April 28.

That would be the only goal of the half despite the two teams combining for 35 shots. Bolland had seven first-half saves while Taylor finished with nine.

Cory Nowak scored the first of his two goals with 8:09 to play in the third quarter which sparked a three-goal run by the Sea Gulls who led 4-0 with 5:40 remaining in the quarter when Nowak netted his second off an assist from Bradman.

Nowak and Bradman accounted for all three goals in a span of 2:29 as Bradman scored the first of his two goals at 6:59.

Freshman Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) got Stevenson on the board with 4:34 left in the third quarter before Bradman answered less than a minute later give Salisbury a 5-1 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Taylor stopped seven of 12 Mustang shots in the third quarter.

After being outshot by nine in the opening quarter, Stevenson held a 38-23 advantage over the final three quarters, but could muster just
two goals  as Taylor totaled 17 of his 19 saves.

The Mustangs also held a 39-31 edge in ground balls while the two teams were statistically even in face-offs won, turnovers and clears.

In addition to Taylor, the biggest difference came on the extra-man where Stevenson was 0-for-6.

Junior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) had five ground balls and two caused turnovers while junior Parker Bratton (Baltimore,
Md./McDonogh) had two caused turnovers.

Bradman totaled two goals and one assist to lead the Sea Gulls while Nowak and Matt Cannone each had two points.

The loss concludes the careers of 10 seniors on the Mustang roster. Over the last four years, the senior class was responsible for a
record 72 wins, posting a 72-12 record for an .857 winning percentage. The team also made four NCAA Tournament appearances during that time and advanced to three national semifinals.

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Goucher Tournament run ends at Salisbury

Posted on 13 May 2012 by WNST Staff

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday after a 12-4 victory over Goucher College.

With the win, the Sea Gulls, who came into the game having never lost to the Gophers, increased their all-time record to 23-0 over the program.

“I think it was a solid performance,” Salisbury Head Coach Jim Berkman said. “The defense shut them down, holding the team to one goal at halftime.” The Sea Gull defense dominated the game allowing only four goals total, causing 17 turnovers and picking up 39 ground balls to Goucher’s 23.

Salisbury jumped out to an early lead with three goals in the first quarter. Senior attackman Tony Mendes netted the game’s first goal at the 9:25 mark of the period. Senior midfielder Cory Nowak added the team’s second score before sophomore attackman Rhett DePol flicked an off-balance, behind-the-back shot past the Gopher’s goalkeeper with 27 seconds left in the period to give Salisbury the 3-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Senior attackmen Erik Krum and Lantz Carter and junior midfielder Ryan Clarke all got their names into the scoring column with goals in the second quarter. Goucher’s Kyle Boncaro netted his team’s first goal to start the period before Krum and Carter ripped off two scores within one minute of one another. After Clarke’s tally, the Gulls took a 6-1 lead into the half.

Salisbury dominated play in the first half winning 6-of-8 faceoffs, outshooting the Gopher’s 18-9 and converting on 5-of-7 clears. For the game, the Sea Gulls dominated at the X winning 14-of-18 faceoffs.

The Gophers entered the contest as one of the better man-up teams in the nation, converting 40 percent of their tries (11th in the country). The Salisbury defense denied all four first-half man-up chances, and Goucher was 0-for-6 on the night.

“We had a pretty good read on them,” Berkman said. “We had four or five game films of them and I had seen them play in person. They had three or four plays set that they really looked for and some guys that they definitely looked for and we took those things away.”

The first goal of the third quarter did not come until the 6:54 mark as Clarke netted his second goal to end a Salisbury scoring drought that started with 9:45 left in the second quarter and lasted 17:51.

Senior attackman Matt Cannone, who led the Gulls with three goals, added his first in the third quarter to give Salisbury an 8-2 leading going into the fourth. Cannone and Mendes both had four points to lead the team in the game.

Salisbury added four more goals in the fourth quarter to cap off the game. Cannone netted two while Mendes and senior midfielder Sam Bradman added one each. Salisbury had eight different players find the back of the net in the game.

“It was good to see a couple other guys score,” Berkman said. “Lantz Carter had a big goal and the first midfield got one or two each. Guys stepped up when they got their opportunities.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor picked up his first NCAA tournament win, playing over 58 minutes in the cage while making 10 saves.

Salisbury moves on to host Cabrini College on Wednesday at Sea Gull Stadium for a NCAA quarterfinal game; the game time is to be announced.

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Salisbury, Stevenson, Goucher, Washington College in same region of DIII Tourney

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Stevenson men’s lacrosse team will be making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship as the fourth-ranked Mustangs will host Birmingham-Southern at Mustang Stadium in the first round on Wednesday, May 8. Game time will be announced on Monday.

Stevenson (15-4) finished the regular season with at least 15 wins for the fourth-straight year and is 5-3 in the NCAA tournament. The team has advanced to the national semifinals in two of its three previous appearances, but has never played a first round contest.

Meanwhile, Birmingham-Southern (14-4) is making the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse
Championship after capturing its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. The Panthers, who are located in Birmingham,
Alabama, defeated Colorado College 8-5 in the SCAC championship game on April 29.

Wednesday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Mustangs and Panthers.

Tickets for Wednesday’s first round are $7.00 and will be available beginning Monday, May 7 in the University Store adjacent to the Owings Mills campus. Live stats, video and audio of the game will be available at GoMutangSports.com.

The winner between Stevenson and Birmingham-Southern will advance to the second round on Saturday, May 12 to face the winner between Gettysburg and Ohio Wesleyan.

The quarterfinals will be on Wednesday, May 16 with the semifinals on Sunday, May 20. The Division III national championship game will be played on Sunday, May 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Ohio Wesleyan is one of seven opponents from Stevenson’s 2012 schedule that were selected to the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Four of those opponents, SUNY Cortland, Tufts, Salisbury and Lynchburg, all received first round byes as the top two seeds in the North and South regions. The other two teams are Western New England and Denison.

The Mustangs posted a 4-3 record against those seven opponents with wins against Tufts, Western New England, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan.

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