Women’s basketball wins home opener


Staff Writer

It was a fight to the finish again as the Salisbury women’s basketball team came back and beat Methodist 71-68 in overtime in the opening game of the Optimist tournament.

Junior guard Lauren Rothfeld led the way for the Sea Gulls scoring 19 points including two huge free throws that sealed the game. She also grabbed 10 rebounds while spending just one minute of play on the bench. Senior forward Julia McLaughlin also contributed with 18 points in just 26 minutes due to foul trouble.

“It’s all mental. I didn’t know I played that much, I was so into the zone that I just kept going,” Rothfeld said. “I had to step up as the leader out there and keep the energy up and just cheer everyone on.”

The Sea Gulls were down three points at halftime but the young team refused to give up. After a fourth quarter comeback they completed in the team’s last game against Virginia Wesleyan, playing from behind didn’t cause the Gulls to panic.

“That’s something I’m proud of with our team in general and Salisbury as a program,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Kelly Lewandowski said. “We never give up, and no matter what the situation is we always keep fighting.”

With Salisbury’s leading scorer, McLaughlin fouling out near the end of regulation, the game was in question as the Gulls needed to count on Rothfeld and the rest of the team to carry them the rest of the way.

Along with impressive performances by Rothfeld and McLaughlin, sophomore forward Josephine Noonan picked up where she left off in the last game, scoring 10 points and collecting seven rebounds.

Ultimately free throws decided the game as Methodist only made one of eight shots from the line during overtime while Rothfeld sunk all four of her shots.

The win did come with its hiccups though, as the Sea Gulls turned over the ball 35 times and had several players in foul trouble.

“We have to be stronger with the ball, make more crisp passes and make smarter decisions,” McLaughlin said. “I think we’re forcing some things right now.”

The Sea Gulls will be in action again on Saturday as they try to win the Optimist tournament championship taking on Marywood University.





Salisbury Football begins road to National Title against SUNY Cortland


Sports Editor


After a fourth quarter 20-point comeback victory to send them to the NCAA tournament, the Salisbury University football team will travel to New York to take on SUNY Cortland to begin their quest for glory.

Both Salisbury and Cortland enter the tournament for the first time since 2012, where both advanced to the second round before getting defeated.

Salisbury and Cortland swapped conferences before entering the 2015 season. Salisbury went from the Empire 8 to the New Jersey Athletic Conference, with Cortland doing the opposite.

After claiming the conference’s top spots, both teams look poised to go into the tournament with a chance to do some damage.



The Sea Gulls (9-3, 6-1 NJAC) enter the tournament with one of the best rushing offenses in DIII. Averaging 345.7 rushing yards per game, Salisbury will rely on a number of weapons to get the ground-and-pound game going.

Slot backs Jerome Johnson and Aarron Moore have combined for 1,236 yards on the ground while tallying 16 touchdowns. Super back Connor Canonico has also contributed 746 yards and 8 TDs.

Along with a strong run game, Salisbury has looked to its passing game, and quarterback Ryan Jones, who has given the Gulls an added boost through the air; something the Sea Gulls have not had since Dan Griffin in 2012.

During the regular season, Jones recorded 1,125 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, while also putting up 504 yard and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Jones has heavily relied on his number one target, wide receiver Isaiah Taylor, who has caught seven touchdown passes, and recorded 701 receiving yards.

Averaging 44.8 points a game, Cortland will have its hands full trying to cover all of Salisbury’s weapons.


Despite letting up over 20 points in all but two games this season, the Salisbury defense continues to put up strong numbers in the second half of the season.

The front-seven has been a force to reckon with this season with linebackers James Hall and Nick Batastini leading the way with 6.5 sacks and 48 tackles combined between the two.

In the secondary, Salisbury has looked to defensive backs Christian Wilson and Denzel Bibbs to shut down opposing offenses. Wilson has intercepted three passes; one returned for a touchdown, and forced a fumble while tallying 60 total tackles.

Transfer safeties Mike Hale and Shane Gains have also had their presence known, with the duo combining for 51 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Gains was tabbed NJAC Defensive Rookie of the week four times throughout the season.

With a powerful run-stuffing unit, and a speedy secondary, the Cortland offense may struggle putting points on the board.

SUNY Cortland


The Red Dragons (8-2, 6-2 Empire 8) are determined to prove the season has not been a fluke.

The offense has averaged 33.1 points per game, and put up over 400 yards of total offense in almost every matchup.

Cortland has developed a balance of run and pass in order to achieve the success they already have. Quarterback Steven Ferreira had one of the best seasons in DIII throwing for 2,448 yards and 23 touchdowns. Much like Jones for Salisbury, he was able to get the job done with his legs, accounting for five rushing scores.

Ferreira has developed great chemistry with all his receivers, spreading the ball around to his top three wide outs: Nick Wagner (609 yards, 4 TDs), John Mannix (878 yards, 9 TDs) and Jake Smith (584 yards, 6 TDs).

The run game has looked to the duo of Dylan Peebles and Donny Davis, who have combined for 1,021 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Both players average just under five yards a carry, making them a nightmare for opposing defenses.


Cortland’s defense mirrors Salisbury’s in almost every category. Much like the Gulls, the Red Dragons allow around 28 points per game, while letting up just over 400 yards every game.

Despite the numbers, Cortland has several talented defenders who have helped carry the team when the offense was not clicking.

Defensive backs Carson Lassiter and Mark DelPrete have put up eight interceptions and 14 pass breakups. Along with their speed, their tackling abilities have also been present with the duo, recording 118 combined tackles.

Lineman Jake Ceresna has also been a powerhouse on defense, tallying 7.5 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss. The senior has also recorded six break-ups and recovered a fumble.

With six different players having interceptions during the season, Cortland will look to take out Salisbury’s top receivers and make the Gulls rely solely on their run game.


The Sea Gulls and Red Dragons have only faced off once before, in the 1983 season, with Salisbury coming out with a 25-0 victory.

The winner of the game will take on the winner of another first-round matchup between Linfield College and Whitworth University in the second round. The Sea Gulls have never matched up with either potential second-round opponent.


What: Salisbury vs. SUNY Cortland (NCAA Tournament 1st Round)

Where: SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex

When: Saturday, November 21, 12:00 p.m.

Salisbury football clinches playoffs in fourth quarter comeback over Frostburg

Staff Writer

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After defeating Wesley last week and capturing a 28-27 win over Frostburg Saturday afternoon, the Salisbury football team claimed the Regents Cup and co-championship in the New Jersey Athletic Conference sending them to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012.

It wasn’t easy for the Sea Gulls, as they had to rally in the final quarter in order to capture the win.

Salisbury came out slow in the first half and dug themselves into a hole, going scoreless in the first half. The offense turned the ball over twice, with one interception and one fumble and were unable to get anything going.

With Frostburg leading 20-0 at halftime, the Sea Gulls needed a spectacular second half in order to come away with the win and punch their ticket to the postseason.

Penalties and turnovers that plagued the Gulls in the first half had to be cut out.

“To be honest we didn’t make a lot of changes,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Sherman Wood said regarding the team’s halftime adjustments. “The coordinators were talking about firing off the ball and executing our plays and I agreed with them. We were frustrated but we just needed to settle down and execute.”

Once the second half got underway, Salisbury was able to cut down the lead, but committed two key penalties allowing Frostburg to put up a 27-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Frostburg quarterback Connor Cox had stumped the Sea Gulls all day in the air and on the ground, but the Sea Gulls were able to come up with key stops in the final quarter as their own quarterback, Ryan Jones stepped up.

Jones threw for three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes as the Sea Gulls made their comeback.

Even with momentum on their side, the game looked like it was in doubt with the Sea Gulls facing fourth and 15 on their own 34-yard line with 58 seconds left.

Jones avoided a rush attack by the Frostburg defense and found Regent Cup MVP, wide receiver Isiah Taylor, who made an unbelievable one handed catch for the 51 yard gain into Frostburg territory.

“Jonesy put it in right place,” Taylor said. “We’ve been doing that since high school. It was an awesome play.”

The Sea Gulls completed their comeback when Jones found Taylor again in the end zone for a ten yard touchdown that gave them their first lead of the game with 36 seconds left in the game. Sea Gull Stadium erupted in cheers as those who decided not to abandon the game at halftime got a treat when the Sea Gulls’ electric comeback was complete.

“We had to check ourselves at halftime,” Jones said. “We were doing things that were hurting ourselves. We came out in the second half and played our game like we have been all season and things went our way.”

The Sea Gulls celebrated with both the Regents Cup and NJAC trophies at the end of the game while Taylor was presented with MVP. The game marked Salisbury’s eleventh straight win over Frostburg in the annual matchup.

Salisbury now waits to see who and where they will play the first round of the NCAA tournament, where they hope their current momentum will carry them to a National Championship.

Salisbury football seeks conference crown against Frostburg St. 


Staff Writer


The Sea Gulls and the Bobcats face off in the 17th annual Regents Cup on Saturday at 1 p.m., where a Salisbury victory will crown the Sea Gulls New Jersey Athletic Conference champions and give them an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Under the helm of head coach Sherman Wood, Salisbury has a 12-4 advantage in the series against Frostburg St., and the Sea Gulls haven’t lost a game against them since 2003.

Sea Gulls

After starting the season ranked No. 21 by D3football.com Top 25 Poll, Salisbury’s overall record is 6-2 with the only conference loss coming against Christopher Newport University. The Sea Gulls most notable win was on Nov. 7 when they handed Wesley College its first loss of the season in a 38-35 victory.

Sophomore Alex Potocko kicked the game-winning 36-yard field goal for the win. It marked the first time in 11 years that the Gulls defeated the Wolverines.

The Sea Gulls offense has been a unit to keep an eye on as the season has progressed. Junior quarterback Ryan Jones has 16 total touchdowns, along with 926 passing yards and three interceptions on the year.

His most notable game was in September when he recorded 151 rushing yards and 162 passing yards alone when his team faced Montclair State.

Slot backs, junior Aarron Moore and senior Jerome Johnson are equal threats giving the Sea Gulls a good run game along with receiving yardage. Johnson on the ground has 774 yards with 10 touchdowns and one touchdown through the air.

Moore has been able to display his abilities on the ground, receiving and in the kick return game. He holds a total of 737 all-purpose yards with 329 coming from the running attack.

Since day one, Jones has relied on his No. 1 target, senior wide receiver Isaiah Taylor, whose most yards this season in a game was 148 yards off five catches when taking on CNU. He has accumulated six touchdowns off 580 yards receiving alone, while his remaining yards came from rushing and kick returns giving him 818 yards before ending the season.

Salisbury’s defense has also helped balance the offensive attack this season. Junior defensive back Christian Wilson’s hawk-eye vision gave him 56 tackles for the season along with three interceptions. Two of those interceptions came in one game to start off the season.


The Bobcats currently hold a 6-3 overall record with three losses in the NJAC, but a substantial record of 4-1 in away games may give the Sea Gulls some trouble. Although Frostburg plays well in opponent territory, they have lost their last two games in their schedule against Rowan University and Montclair State.

Frostburg’s head coach, DeLane Fitzgerald, currently in his second season, has molded the Bobcats into a better team statistically on the field and also improving in the win/loss column. Under Fitzgerald, Frostburg achieved success between the coach’s first season and now with an enhanced defense allowing fewer first downs, fewer yards rushing-per-game and cut opponents scoring by 17.4 points a game.

The Bobcats have a rookie on their hands with freshman quarterback Connor Cox, but his stats do not depict that of a first year player. His 1,154 yards passing included 11 touchdowns and a solid run game with 440 yards.

His only issues have been keeping the ball out of opponents hands. Cox has thrown 11 interceptions this season, which Salisbury will look to capitalize on come game day.

If Cox continues to consistently throw the ball, the Sea Gulls will have a handful on their hands especially with senior wide receiver Myles Burgess and junior Austin Bonsall. The duo has combined for 791 yards and seven touchdowns and gives Cox the weapons he needs to be successful.

On defense, senior linebacker Rowan Pinkett has 57 tackles for the season along with one sack. The majority of his tackles came against Kean University where Pinkett had 13 tackles, one sack, an interception and one broken up pass.

The Sea Gulls will need their secondary to be near perfect with Frostburg expecting to throw the ball down field. The Frostburg front-seven will need to play aggressive and quick in order to stop all the weapons the Gulls have in the run game.

Bragging rights are on the line, and the chance to get in the NCAA tourney.


WHAT: Salisbury v. Frostburg; 17th Annual Regents Cup Game

WHERE: Sea Gull Stadium

WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 1:00 pm.

Senior athletes reflect on time at SU


Staff Writer

For many college students, these four years is the best time of their lives and a time where they develop as a person through their studies, the people they meet and the activities they participate in.

With the fall sports season winding down, seniors from all sports teams are playing in their final games as a Sea Gull.

“It’s crazy to think about,” Courtney Jantzen, a forward from the field hockey team said. “Sophomore year I heard the seniors say that the time goes by so fast and it’s crazy that it’s finally here now.” [Read more…]

SU basketball teams look to build off recent success


Staff Writer

As fall sports come to an end at SU, the Salisbury University basketball teams will kick off the winter season.

Both the men and women’s teams had historic seasons last year; each won their conference championship and advanced deep into the NCAA tournament. Even though the new season is quickly approaching, fans do begin to wonder if the past can become a better present.

On the women’s side, head coach Kelly Lewandowski and her team finished last season with a 28-3 overall record and advanced to the Elite Eight of the national tournament marking the furthest any team has gone in program history. The Gulls dominated in their conference play accumulating 17 CAC wins in the regular season; the most in league history, while collecting their first league title in 13 years. [Read more…]

Despite adversity; Women’s soccer finishes season strong


Sports Editor


The women’s soccer team’s season ended in a heartbreaking loss to Mary Washington after the Eagles won 3-2 in a shootout battle.

However, given the adversity Salisbury has gone through in 2015, some were surprised to even see the team make it to the playoffs.

After facing several difficulties, the Sea Gulls were able to rise to the occasion and give a fighting effort in the Capital Athletic Conference. In the end, their journey fell short, but their team’s bond had never been stronger. [Read more…]

Men’s Soccer wins CAC Championship in DiBartolo’s final year as head coach


Staff Writer

Rain poured down throughout the day, but nothing could cloud the Sea Gull spirit as the men’s soccer team won the Capitol Athletic Conference championship with a 2-0 victory against St. Mary’s Saturday afternoon.

The team came into the tournament as the number one seed, allowing them to celebrate their first championship victory since 2008 at home with the dedicated fans that came out and endured the weather. [Read more…]

SU volleyball headed to fifth straight CAC Championship after defeating Mary Washington


Sports Editor


In a fierce battle at Maggs Physical Activities Center, the Salisbury University volleyball team took down Mary Washington three sets to one to advance to their fifth straight CAC Championship game.

All four sets were extremely close, with the biggest difference in points coming in the third set with a 25-21 win for the Gulls. [Read more…]

A shutout victory pushes men’s soccer to CAC Championship


Staff Writer

The Sea Gulls got one step closer to winning the Capital Athletic Conference championship with a 2-0 victory against Mary Washington in the CAC semifinals Wednesday night.

In previous matchup between the two squads, SU traveled to Mary Washington and were able to come away with a convincing 4-2 win thanks to an early first half lead.

Wednesday’s game played out similarly as the Sea Gulls scored in the fourth minute to set the tone. Senior forward Matt Greene placed a corner kick into the box that fellow forward Brooks Zentgraf was able to head into the goal giving the Sea Gulls the lead. [Read more…]


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