Inside the Salisbury schedule: 2017 Women’s Soccer

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

Consistency: one thing that was tough to find in SU women’s soccer last season. Injuries in the core of the season threw the Sea Gulls off-balance as they continued to search for their identity, chemistry and formation.

Despite senior losses including much of their midfield, fifth-year SU head coach Kwame Lloyd looks to find that consistency at the beginning of the 2017 campaign as a youth-heavy 2016 squad adds another year of experience under its belt.

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No. 10 SU forward Ruthie Lucas holds the ball up for her team. Kaitlin Poling photo

With a record of 5-8-4 (4-4-1 CAC), SU still squeezed into the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) playoffs, but did not fare well, losing 2-1 in the first round at third-seeded St. Mary’s College of Maryland. A part of that overall record was a 3-4 home record and a 0-1-3 overtime record. One thing is simple, Salisbury must start defending the SU Soccer Complex and start winning in the clutch in 2017.

With senior striker Ruthie Lucas and senior stalwart center back Rachel Anderson both returning, the leadership is there to progress and grow in 2017. While Sea Gull fans should not expect a complete turnaround this campaign, a consistent identity and formation would be key progress.

Below the Flyer looks at the 2017 Salisbury women’s soccer schedule and analyzes the top-five match days to keep an eye on.

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Under head coach Kwame Lloyd, SU looks to build on their 2016 campaign with a berth and win in the CAC Tournament. Kaitlin Poling photo

Top-Five Match-ups of 2017

Sept. 1 – vs. Shenandoah University Hornets (in SU Soccer Classic)

This match is the first of five Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) vs. Sea Gull battles in 2017 for SU women’s soccer. SU starts off once again in their own Salisbury University Soccer Classic, which is a key way to garner momentum in the new year.

Shenandoah is an example of an ‘upper middle of the pack’ team that SU should contend with and, hopefully for fans, defeat. Following a 13-7-1 (7-3 ODAC) season in 2016, the Hornets advanced to the ODAC Semifinals before falling to top-seeded Washington & Lee.

After SU went 1-4-3 against non-conference foes last season, this is a good situation to get a win against an upper-pack ODAC squad in their own friendly confines. A win here is a great avenue into SU Soccer Classic Day No. 2 when the Sea Gulls host Liberty League Champion and NCAA Quarterfinalist William Smith (21-1, 8-0 LL).

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SU No. 30 senior centerback Rachel Anderson sends the ball up the field. Kaitlin Poling photo

Sept. 9 – vs. Roanoke College (Neutral Site: Lynchburg, Va.)

In their second tournament of the season, the Sea Gulls will travel deep into the heart of Virginia and ODAC-country for match-ups with both Lynchburg College and Roanoke College in the Shellenberger Classic. Fans should not write off Salisbury in their Day No. 1 match against 2016 NCAA Tournament team Lynchburg College (15-3-3, 7-1-2 ODAC), but on a neutral site, their Sunday game vs. Roanoke provides an opportunity for a solid resume win.

The Roanoke Maroons fell victim to Shenandoah in the ODAC Quarterfinals last season, but they put together a 9-6-4 (7-3 ODAC) campaign before that. Roanoke is another one of the upper-pack ODAC teams that SU can get a confident win against. When the two teams faced off in 2016, it ended in a 1-1 draw in Short Pump, Va.

Look for this to be another fun match-up, and maybe the Sea Gulls will come home 2-0 on the weekend and surprise the ODAC.

Sept. 16 – vs. Catholic University of America

Don’t worry. The ODAC Craze is now done, moving into the Landmark Conference with the Catholic University of America. Sea Gull fans may remember a tough 3-2 overtime defeat at the Cardinals a season ago.

Now SU gets their Landmark foes at home as the lone home match from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6 in a massive road stretch (nine games). Catholic went only as far as the Landmark Semifinals, falling to Moravian, after putting together an 11-4 (4-3 Landmark) season.

This match provides ample opportunity against one of their familiar opponents across the Chesapeake Bay. Another win against a upper-pack non-conference team can help keep the confidence brewing on the tough stretch. The Sea Gulls will be excited to be home too.

Oct. 4 – at St. Mary’s (Md.)

Now into the CAC where SU has had their struggles in recent competition. Going 4-4-1 in the conference in 2016, there were highs and lows and many close results with the Sea Gulls on the wrong end of the stick.

At the end of Sept., Salisbury ends a five-game road stint with matches at the University of Mary Washington and at St. Mary’s (Md.). Either one of these opponents could have made the top-five, but the St. Mary’s match is an excellent spring board in the following week’s four-game home stretch. No matter what occurs over the four road matches leading up to this game, three points here will help solidify the Sea Gull confidence at home.

Salisbury and St. Mary’s were familiar with each other last season, meeting two times including in the CAC First Round. The Seahawks won both contests by a goal aggregate of 4-1.

For Salisbury to make progress and take its next step, they need to start getting results against the upper-CAC opponents such as St. Mary’s, Mary Washington, Frostburg State and also Christopher Newport. At the end of the day, draws are always better than losses and that could pave the way for a higher conference playoff seed.

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SU No. 8 former forward Erin McQuate and No. 5 sophomore midfielder Emma Faust start play. Franny Clark photo

Oct. 15 – vs. York College (Pa.)

Spartans vs. Sea Gulls marked one of the most important matches for SU women’s soccer in the CAC Playoff hunt last season. Salisbury fell 1-0 at York. Luckily, SU bounced back the following game in a 5-1 home win against Wesley to clinch the CAC sixth seed.

However, matches like these are ones that the Sea Gulls must start getting favorable results in, or just not being shut out (five times in 2016). York ended up with the fifth seed in 2016 partially due to this result. 2017 might hold much of the same prophecy on the importance of this match.

This season, the match occurs in the midst of a four-game home CAC stretch for SU and just prior to the Sea Gulls’ home battle with CNU. Coming off matches with Marymount (Va.) and Penn State – Harrisburg, it is a solid chance at a consistent favorable result streak for SU. Momentum into the CNU match will be key for Salisbury to ‘pull the upset.’

And if Salisbury is teetering towards the end of the season again, these three points at home could be crucial.

Stay tuned to The Flyer as we prepare for the start of the 2017 Fall sports season.

Remaining SU women’s soccer match schedule (home matches in bold):

Sept. 2 – vs. William Smith (at SU Soccer Classic)

  • 2016: 21-1 (8-0 LL); Liberty League Champions; NCAA Quarterfinalist

Sept. 5 – vs. Washington College

  • 2016: 5-10-1 (0-9 Centennial Conference)

Sept. 8 – at Lynchburg College (Shellenberger Classic)

  • 2016: 15-3-3 (7-1-2 ODAC); ODAC Semifinalist, NCAA Second Round

Sept. 13 – at Virginia Wesleyan College

  • 2016: 12-6-3 (7-0-3 ODAC); ODAC Championship finalist
  • NCAA First Round; defeated SU 2-0 in 2016

Sept. 19 – at Rutgers-Newark

  • 2016: 1-12-2 (0-9 New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Sept. 23 – at Southern Virginia University

  • 2016: 6-11 (2-7 CAC); fell to SU 1-0

Sept. 24 – at Bridgewater College (Va.)

  • 2016: 13-5-1 (6-3-1 ODAC); ODAC Quarterfinalist

Sept. 30 – at University of Mary Washington

  • 2016: 11-6-2 (6-2-1 CAC); defeated SU 1-0 in 2016

Oct. 7 – at Penn State-Harrisburg

  • 2016: 6-12 (3-6 CAC); fell to SU 4-0 in 2016

Oct. 11 – vs. Marymount University (Va.)

  • 2016: 7-9 (2-7 CAC); fell to SU 4-0 in 2016

Oct. 18 – vs. Christopher Newport University

  • 2016: 17-3-1 (8-0-1 CAC); CAC Champions
  • NCAA Second Round; drew against SU 1-1 in 2OT

Oct. 21 – at Frostburg State University

  • 2016: 10-10-1 (7-2 CAC); defeated SU 2-0 in 2016

Oct. 25 – at Wesley College

  • 2016: 4-11-1 (0-9 CAC) fell to SU 5-1 in 2016

CAC Tournament: Oct. 28, 31 and Nov. 4

Inside the Salisbury schedule: 2017 Football

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

The Salisbury University football team started off 2016 at 4-0 with dreams building towards a second consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) crown. The first night of the season under the ‘Friday night lights’ seemed to be a precursor for a bountiful campaign. It was Game No. 5 at Rowan University when the train went off the track.

As injuries to starting quarterback Ryan Jones and starting super back Connor Canonico piled up, the team was without certain core leaders and then fell just short in a battle with the top defense in the NJAC at the time.

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The Salisbury defense digs into the trenches vs. Albright College last season; featured: No. 42 senior linebacker Devon McClain, and No. 74 senior defensive lineman Brandon Robeson. Megan Findle photo.

After a brief three-game winning streak, the Sea Gulls still were on track to repeat as NJAC Champions, until they faced their rival Wesley Wolverines and Frostburg State Bobcats. The Wesley machine ran through Sea Gull Stadium in their mission for redemption following a 1-2 start to their season. Then, on the road in Frostburg, Salisbury fell victim to the Bobcats in the Regents Cup, which officially sent Salisbury’s hopes for an NJAC title packing.

While Salisbury did get a dominant win in the ECAC Legacy Bowl in Philadelphia, there was much left on the table to be desired after 2016. SU finished the season 8-3 (6-3 NJAC) and tied for third in the NJAC.

Now moving into 2017, there are many questions in the air surrounding Salisbury, mostly concerning the unknowns. In a year following a season without a conference title, maybe this ‘underdog’ title allows a higher ceiling for this Sea Gull squad; a squad picked to finish third in the NJAC this season. From the NJAC, only Wesley (No. 11) and Frostburg State (No. 17) were called upon in the D3football.com preseason rankings.

There is much talent to fill, especially on the offensive end, but time will tell as we move toward the start of the 2017 season as to which players to watch. For now, the released Salisbury schedule provides a road back for a second NJAC title in three years.

SU faces a similar road when they last won the NJAC title in 2015. There hope is for similar results. Below The Flyer breaks down the five most potent match-ups to watch for this 2017 season. Check the remaining schedule at the bottom of the article, and let us know your thoughts on SU and the road to the title.

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Salisbury senior quarterback Brandon Lewis (No. 15) holds for junior kicker Alex Potocko as he attempts a field goal. Megan Findle photo

Five match-ups to watch for:

Sept. 1: At Albright College; Shirk Stadium, Reading, Pa.

  • 2016: 8-3 (7-2 MAC)
  • Postseason: Defeated Franklin & Marshall in Centennial-MAC Bowl Series
  • 2016 at SU: SU won 34-18 in season opener

The 2016 season opener marked the first football game to be held in the new Sea Gull Stadium. It did not disappoint from the start for Salisbury fans when SU sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

While this game is sure to produce excitement, it is also a key test and resume builder for the Sea Gulls in Week No. 1 as it marks the only non-conference game of the regular season. Both Albright and Salisbury have become very familiar with each other, battling in the last three seasons.

For whoever takes over the SU starting quarterback job, most likely Brandon Lewis, it will be their first start and first chance to make a mark on 2017.

Oct. 7: Vs. Christopher Newport University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 7-3 (6-3 NJAC)
  • 2016 vs. SU: SU won 45-24

Following an upset of Wesley early on in 2016, CNU was sailing through their campaign until they ran into a high-flying Sea Gulls offense. In 2015, CNU was one of the few teams to defeat the Sea Gulls, and the Captains provide a potential challenge looking into 2017.

CNU draws the Sea Gulls following SU’s2017 bye week, while the Captains come off of a home game against a formidable Rowan squad. On offense, senior quarterback K.J. Kearney returns to lead the charge after passing for over 2200 yards and 18 touchdowns, alongside just eight interceptions. Leading tackler and senior linebacker Brennan Gary returns on the defensive side of the ball, looking to add to his 17.5 tackles for loss a season ago.

Oct. 28: Vs. Rowan University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 6-4 (5-4 NJAC)
  • 2016 vs. SU: Rowan won 34-30

The excitement builds up towards the final three games of the regular season. The good news for SU is that they host two of the three teams they fell to in 2016. The bad news is that the Sea Gulls face the three teams they lost to in 2016 within three consecutive weeks.

Rowan drew Salisbury at the right time in the schedule last season, when SU had offensive stars pretty bent up. They may not be so lucky this season. The Profs face SU as part of a two-game road stretch, following a trip to Dover, Del. to battle conference-favorite Wesley.

The Sea Gulls host Rowan as part of a two-game home stand. This series has brought fantastic football the last two seasons. One of the best offenses (SU) against one of the best defenses (Rowan). The Profs will yearn for better offense in 2017 after averaging only 18 points-per-game (PPG) in 2016.

Aiding their offense this season, is the return of now seniors, quarterback Dante Pinckney and running back Gawain Bragg. Pinckney enters his third season as the starter, after he passed for 1928 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. The 2016 leading-rusher Bragg looks to build on his 647 rushing yards last year.

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The Salisbury offense comes out on to the field vs. Albright. Megan Findle photo

Nov. 4: At Wesley College;

  • 2016: 9-3 (8-1 NJAC); NJAC Co-Champions (received NCAA automatic berth)
  • Postseason: Defeated Stevenson in NCAA First Round; fell at John Carroll in NCAA Second Round
  • 2016 at SU: Wesley defeated SU 44-27

Wesley represents one of the toughest tests for Salisbury over the years. The match-up essentially decided the NJAC champion the last two seasons. Surely enough, it will again in 2017.

The Wolverines will look for a different start to 2017, after falling to both CNU and Delaware Valley to start 2016. The Dover, Del. college hosts SU as part of their final two-game home stand of the season, while SU travels up U.S. Route 13 in the midst of their toughest stretch.

For Wesley, Nick Falkenberg seems to be the hot hand under center to start 2017, over Dan Kesack. Both saw time starting over the course of 2016, but Falkenberg threw for 16 of 26 for 311 yards and four touchdowns in Salisbury last season. In the backfield, despite the departure of leading-rusher Jamar Baynard, sophomore E.J. Lee returns as a front runner for the starting job with his 512 yards on the ground last season.

Nov. 11: Vs. Frostburg State University;

  • 2016: 10-1 (8-1 NJAC); NJAC Co-Champions
  • Postseason: Defeated St. John Fisher in ECAC ASA S. Bushnell Bowl
  • 2016 vs. SU: FSU won 21-17

The Sea Gulls are happy to have the Regents Cup back within the friendly confines of Sea Gull Stadium this season, following a loss in Frostburg. Memories of the miraculous second half comeback from SU quarterback Ryan Jones and former wide receiver Isaiah Taylor in 2015 flood this season finale.

Frostburg has proven a large growth in the last season and may find themselves once again at the table towards the end of the season. While this features the classic rivalry again, it also might be a pseudo NJAC title game.

The Bobcats’ toughest stretch is the first five games of the season when they face Stevenson, Rowan, CNU and Wesley. Junior quarterback Connor Cox should return as the starter in 2017 after accumulating 1,864 passing yards and 17 touchdowns last season. Alongside Cox’s 330 net rushing yards, junior leading-rusher Jamaal Morant returns with his 816 rushing yards.

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Salisbury senior punter Tim Steindl punts a ball off into the night vs. Albright College in the 2016 season opener. Megan Findle photo

Remaining Schedule:

Sept. 9: vs. William Patterson University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 2-8 (1-8 NJAC); SU won 77-19 at WPU last season

Sept. 16: at Kean University;

  • 2016: 7-4 (5-4 NJAC); SU won at home 36-14 last season
  • Postseason: Defeated Cortland State in ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl

Sept. 23: at The College of New Jersey;

  • 2016: 2-8 (2-7 NJAC); SU won 41-6 at home

Oct. 14: at Montclair State University;

  • 2016: 7-3 (6-3 NJAC); SU won 45-24 at CNU last season

Oct. 21: vs. Southern Virginia University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 2-8 (1-8 NJAC); SU won 35-0 at SVU

2017-18 Salisbury men’s basketball schedule released Wednesday

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

Despite the season being four months away, basketball is just around the corner for the Salisbury University men’s basketball team. On Wednesday, the team officially released their 2017-18 season schedule to the public on the Salisbury University Athletics website.

Most notably for the team headed into the new season is the loss of their more veteran talentin guard Justin Witmer alongside forwards Wyatt Smith and Gordan Jeter. Fans will see a younger core hit the court with more familiar upperclassmen.

All eyes will again be on the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) battle as Salisbury continues to aim for their first conference title since 2015. Christopher Newport has taken the top prize over SU the last two seasons. However, the Sea Gulls’ tough non-conference road and strength of schedule have been enough in the last two seasons to reward them one of just a few NCAA Tournament at-large bids.

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SU head coach Andrew Sachs looks on during a Salisbury home game. Amy Wojtowicz photo

Entering his third season at the helm, SU head coach Andrew Sachs deserves the credit for the feat. Last season with Salisbury’s at large bid, it was the first time in program history that the team went to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Now they’ll aim for their fourth consecutive NCAA bid come November. Once again, Sachs draws a litany of non-conference opponents from across the east coast, preparing the Sea Gulls for the likes of CNU and York College (Pa.) once they hit the conference regular season.

Of the seven non-conference games, opponents include Washington College (season opener), Goucher College, Arcadia University and Rowan University, who finished as a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) semifinalist.

The other opponent, not part of a regular season tournament, for the Sea Gulls is a familiar foe in Virginia Wesleyan University. The Marlins come off a 19-9 (10-6 ODAC) season in which VWU reached the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) semifinals before falling to Guilford.

In the seemingly annual non-conference battle, Salisbury has defeated ranked VWU squads the last two seasons. Coming up on Nov. 21, the Sea Gulls will host the Marlins just before the Thanksgiving break for Salisbury students.

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Salisbury men’s basketball’ 2017-18 season schedule Chris Mackowiak image via suseagulls.com

The final note of the non-conference slate is the four-team College of Staten Island Tournament on Dec. 29 and 30. Salisbury heads to the Dolphins’ annual tournament after CSI took part in SU’s biannual Optimist Tournament in 2016.

In this regular season tournament, SU will battle Roanoke College on Day No. 1. The Maroons finished last season 15-11 (9-7 ODAC) alongside an appearance as ODAC Quarterfinalists. The opposite match-up is between the host team, College of Staten Island, and Oneonta State.

CSI ran through the CUNYAC last season with a 21-7 (16-0 CUNYAC) overall record to win the conference’s postseason championship before falling to Swarthmore in the NCAA First Round. Last season on their home floor, SU defeated the Dolphins 83-65. Oneonta St. nearly drew an automatic bid of their own but fell in the SUNYAC Championship to Oswego St. 75-70 to finish with a 17-11 (12-6 SUNYAC) record.

Day No. 2 of the tournament will feature winner-winner and loser-loser match-ups based on the Day No. 1 results. For CSI, it will be their first season without their longtime 27-year head coach Tony Petosa who stepped down this offseason. Petosa accumulated 459 career wins and five conference championships over his tenure.

Now into the CAC slate. In the last two seasons, York (Pa.) and CNU have been the largest thorns for Salisbury. At home, the York Spartans have defeated Salisbury each time in the last two seasons.

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Salisbury sophomore point guard Al Leder lines up for a three against York (Pa.) last season. Amy Wojtowicz photo

The Spartans look like a rising program in the CAC after finishing 17-10 and 12-6 for third in the CAC. Many will remember the tense 86-80 SU win over York in double-overtime in the CAC Semifinals towards the end of last season.

In the 2017-18 campaign, SU draws York at home on Jan. 3 and then up in Pennsylvania on Feb. 10. Their home game against the Spartans is Salisbury’s first game after the Staten Island Tournament.

However, one opponent has really been in the way of the Sea Gulls recently: CNU. Since they joined the CAC in the 2013-14 season, the Captains are 7-5 against the Sea Gulls including 5-1 in the last two seasons. While the last five games have been decided by two points or less, the Captains have found a way to get it done in the clutch.

This upcoming season SU heads to Newport News, Va. on Nov. 29 for both teams’ very first CAC game. Their second matchup won’t come in Maggs Physical Activities Center until Jan. 31.

Time will tell if it will be another Salisbury vs. CNU rivalry year in the CAC. However, a road to the title is now on paper for the Sea Gulls who take the court for their first game on Nov. 15. Stay with The Flyer for continuing coverage of SU basketball as the 2017-18 season approaches.

MLAX: Berkman notches 500th win at SU as Sea Gulls advance to NCAA Semifinals

By ZACH GILLELAND

Staff Writer

@_zachariahg

No other coach in NCAA lacrosse has accomplished it.

With the victory Wednesday, SU head coach Jim Berkman recorded his 500th career win at Salisbury, becoming the first coach in NCAA lacrosse history to win 500 games with a single program. The Sea Gulls (20-1) advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Cabrini University 17-5.

“I’m very fortunate to have been able to coach all these great players that have been at Salisbury over the years that formed Sea Gull nation,” Berkman said. “I haven’t scored any goals, assists or [ground balls] but I feel very fortunate that I’m able to coach at a great institution that allows us to attract great student athletes.”

Facing a Cavalier team (17-4) that handed the Sea Gulls their only loss of the season, Wednesday’s matchup proved to be a different story.

A defense that at one time gave up four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter during April’s contest, the Salisbury defense swarmed the Cabrini attack, allowing only five goals throughout the game. The maroon and gold forced 21 turnovers and won the ground ball battle 40-27.

“When we went out there from the first walkout, we were all on the same page,” junior defender Will Nowesnick said. “We talked, slid when we needed to, got the ground ball and caused turnovers. We didn’t worry about the personal things, we worried about the team.”

The Sea Gulls continued to find their rhythm on offense, tallying 17 goals off 47 shots. Salisbury has scored 15 or more goals in its past five games and its 17.67 goals-per-game average is good for fourth in the nation.

Senior attacker Nick Garbarino kicked off the scoring less than three minutes into the game. Senior offensive middie Brendan Bromwell shook off two defenders, finding an open Garbarino in front of the crease for an open look.

A minute later senior attacker Adam Huber bounced a shot between the legs of Cabrini freshman goalie Matt Nestler to give SU a 2-0 lead.

Following a Cavalier goal from sophomore attacker Jordan Krug, SU attacker Carson Kalama found the back of the cage after a pretty display of passing found the senior. Kalama scored a game-high six goals off of 10 shots.

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A team that is reliant on spreading the ball around, the Sea Gulls assisted on 13 of their 17 goals.

“We were getting wide open [shots] in the crease,” Kalama said. “We don’t want the 12-yard shot, we want the [shot] in the crease. I got a few of those thanks to the midfielders.”

The offense kept the pressure on the Cabrini defense throughout, scoring five goals each in the first three quarters. Salisbury showed its depth on offense as nine different players tallied a goal.

Senior attacker Nate Blondino led the offense with seven points. With 129 points on the season, the Leonardtown, Md. native is one point shy of the most points scored by an SU player since Matt Cannone’s 130 mark in 2012.

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The battle between Salisbury and Cabrini just begins as the sun sets on Sea Gull Stadium. Zach Gilleland photo

Although allowing 17 goals, Nestler became a bright spot for the Cavalier defense, saving 13 shots. The freshman, playing in his first NCAA Tournament, is among the young talent on a Cabrini team that will lose only five seniors.

“When I’m having a good game out there, it’s mostly because of [our defense],” Nestler said. “It was definitely a learning experience for me.”

With the victory, the Sea Gulls will face the Big Red of Denison University on Sunday. Both teams faced off in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal a season ago, with Salisbury edging an 11-10 win in overtime.

“I’m very proud of our guys, they dominated all facets of the game and played pretty well,” Berkman said. “I think the dent we had in our armor going forward, we definitely made amends tonight.”

Baseball: Sea Gulls head to NCAA Tournament as No. 1 seed in the South Region

By ZACH GILLELAND

Staff Writer

@_zachariahg

Following a two-week layoff since their previous contest, the Salisbury University baseball team now knows its destination in the NCAA Tournament.

Fresh off a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship, the Sea Gulls (31-9) eye their third College World Series appearance in four seasons. Salisbury will travel 323 miles to Danville, Va. as the No. 1 seed in the South Region.

The Sea Gulls open the regional slate against Roanoke College on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Headlining the region alongside the Sea Gulls is LaGrange College (Ga.). The USA South Conference Champion Panthers (38-4) head into the tournament as the top-ranked team in the country according to D3baseball.com

Below The Flyer breaks down each team in the South Region, in order by their seed.

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The South Region bracket in the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. Chris Mackowiak image via NCAA.com

Salisbury: (31-9)

The last time SU played, the maroon and gold upset the then No. 1 Shenandoah Hornets 8-4. The Sea Gulls are red hot heading into the tournament, winners of 17 of their last 19.

Boasting one of the top offenses in the nation, Salisbury is tied for first in the country with 49 home runs. Pitching became a strength for the Sea Gulls after a rough start, holding a 3.78 ERA that is good for second in the CAC.

LaGrange: (38-4)

The No. 2 seed in the region, the Panthers have won eight consecutive games. LaGrange players will have familiarity with the regional site, as the area is home to fellow USA South Conference member Averett University.

Only four losses on the season, two have come from No. 5 Birmingham Southern. LaGrange offers strong offense and pitching, hitting a .330 average at the plate and a 2.69 ERA that is second in the nation.

Rowan: (28-16)

Receivers of an at-large bid, the Profs fell in extra innings in their conference championship game against Ramapo College. Rowan and Salisbury met earlier this season, with the Sea Gulls coming out on top with a 6-2 victory at home.

Pitching has led the way for the Profs this season as the team yields a 3.31 ERA. Although holding a .291 average on offense, the team has hit only nine home runs.

Emory: (27-12)

The Eagles return to the NCAA Tournament one year after falling to Wisconsin-La Crosse in the College World Series. Emory and LaGrange met earlier this season, with the Panthers winning 9-4.

Emory has a perfect 4-0 record in neutral site games this season. Offensively, Emory averages 6.82 runs-per-game and sports a 3.34 ERA.

Otterbein: (31-12)

Winners of seven consecutive games, the Cardinals defeated Mount Union University to win their sixth Ohio Athletic Conference Championship. Otterbein holds a 3-2 record against ranked opponents this season.

Like the Sea Gulls, the Cardinals have showcased their ability to hit the long ball, hitting 35 home runs. Otterbein boasts a .302 average on offensive and their 2.74 ERA ranks third in the nation.

Roanoke: (29-16)

Receiving the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) automatic bid, the Maroons head to the NCAA Tournament after winning its first conference championship. Roanoke and Salisbury have faced five common opponents this season, with Roanoke holding a 3-7 record against those teams.

The Maroons sport an even .300 average and score 6.67 runs-per-game. The Sea Gulls hold the edge over Roanoke in pitching as the Maroons’ 4.27 ERA ranks fourth in the ODAC.

Let us de-stress and go to the gym

By JACKIE BONOLA

Staff Writer

Everyone wants to be in the best shape they can.  There are many reasons why people loose motivation in their quest for maximum fitness. However, going to the gym is one of the best things you can do for yourself in this time of stress.

For college students a common but reasonable excuse is school work. Over the semester the sheer volume of homework increases, and we students become overwhelmed with the idea of balancing grades, eating healthy and being fit, along with all of our other obligations. Going to the gym starts to take the backseat. It becomes a “maybe I’ll go to the gym” or “I’ll just go tomorrow.”

From my own personal experience when I would feel unmotivated to go to the gym I would use the gym as a way to relieve stress from all the work I had to finish. I guess running the stress off on the treadmill helped me clear my mind. I would be more focused on the work that had to be done instead of sitting in the library freaking out over whether I would get any of it done or not.

There is something to be said to those students who are able to balance school work, eating healthy and going to the gym regularly. Those students deserve an award.

It is difficult to stay motivated and you are not alone. It is hard to be self-motivated. I’ve been working on it all school year. But it all has to do with the mindset. If you can think of the gym not as a task to you have to do but something that you want to do. Going to the gym will become less of a chore and more like a ritual.

Here are a couple of tips to keep you motivated to stay in the gym:

  1. Give yourself a pep talk before and during your workout. This could be something like telling yourself “you can do it” or “just one more set.”
  2. Go the gym when you are feeling stressed. That break that you take between study sessions watching YouTube can be used more wisely.
  3. Set up small milestones/goals, and give yourself enough time to achieve them. Nothing feels better the setting a new personal record.
  4. Take a friend! find someone who can help you stay motivated. It can be easier if you do not have to do it alone.
  5. Create a gym playlist on Spotify that will get you pumped. Whatever gets you going whether it would be Hip-Hop or Rock, play it every set and never forget your headphones.

Always keep one thing in mind, why did you go to the gym? Remind yourself that you joined the gym for a reason and that you should not stop until you reached that goal. Many join the gym to loose weight, gain muscle, be better runners or just becoming the healthiest you that you can be. Sometimes they forget those reasons.

Students have a difficult time finding time amongst all the chaos, so it is always good to slow down and take care of yourself. Do not let the gym take the backseat. Take an hour long break from that research paper and liberate yourself by going to the gym.

Lessons for the graphic artist: Discussion by Erick Pfleiderer

By VAL PETSCHE

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Alumni speaker Erick Pfleiderer spoke to students about the tools needed to achieve a successful career in graphic design. Photo by Val Petsche.

Staff Writer

Visiting graphic artist and SU alumni Erick Pfleiderer spoke Thursday evening in Fulton Hall to provide insight about a successful career in graphic design.

Pfleiderer is the creative director and strategist at Taoti Creative in D.C. as of 2016. He started out as a graphic artist for Salisbury University with the Office of Student Activities before rising through the ranks at SPARK Experience design, the Charles Regional Medical Center and Tim Kenny Marketing, among others.

He has received over 35 design awards across a variety of mediums, and past clients include Pepsi, the Washington National Cathedral organization, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Reserve.

Pfleiderer discussed a variety of lessons learned following each job experience, as well as what it takes to land your first job and how to perform well during an interview. He additionally suggested using summers to work at an internship as a way to learn more skills and broaden one’s knowledge base in the field.

“You really have to take advantage of every opportunity,” Pfleiderer said, referring to the importance of experience over money. For him, getting a foot in the door is invaluable whenever possible.

His career path began with an interview at the College of Southern Maryland, where poor directions and a lack of GPS technology caused him to arrive twenty minutes late. But Pfleiderer maintained a determined persona, used a promotional piece he learned at SU and owned the meeting. He was offered the job later that day.

“It goes to show you how much confidence can do for you,” he said.

Sophomore art major Jordan Kahl shared her opinion about the presentation.

“It was very informative, and it’s always cool to hear success stories from someone like [Pfleiderer]. He actually went to Salisbury,” she said.

Pfleiderer learned four major lessons after finishing his first two jobs. One is to save money, because a high salary is not always guaranteed. For example, he bought a new car shortly after being hired at the medical center, but was laid off only six months later.

“If you think for one second how quickly you have job security, it is pretty amazing how that can come to bite you,” he said.

The second lesson is that the grass is not greener on the other side, for everything is not always as it seems. In addition, update your profile regularly. Every time a project is finished, it is important to add that to one’s list of experience. Finally, use freelance work to bridge employment gaps. LinkedIn is a great tool for students to showcase their portfolio and form connections.

The lessons Pfleiderer learned after his time with a small business include the need to enjoy one’s job and the importance of having a boss that one can respect. He stated that there is a vital need to know the economics of design simply by understanding the various costs required as an artist in graphic design.

Also, working remotely or from home can make it hard to maintain creativity, for it is not as glamorous as many would imagine. He concluded with the message that hard work eventually pays off in the end.

Pfleiderer also mentioned an unlikely lesson for students to conceptualize.

“It is okay to say, ‘I don’t know.’”

This is important, he explained, in being honest to one’s creative ability as well as in recognizing the potential to improve.

The plethora of lessons which Pfleiderer communicated during his presentation culminated into a final message.

“Making something great takes time, and that includes making yourself great,” he said.

Pfleiderer says to never settle, and keep persisting.

The presentation was made possible by Brooke Rogers, associate professor of art at Salisbury University.

MLAX: SU rolls past Hampden-Sydney to advance to NCAA quarterfinals

By CHASE GORSKI

Staff Writer

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SU senior goalie Colin Reymann makes a save vs. Ohio Wesleyan. Hannah Wichrowski photo

The offense led the way as Salisbury (19-1) continued their NCAA Championship repeat-campaign with a dominant 25-12 victory over Hampden-Sydney College (16-6) in the third round of the tournament.

The Sea Gulls started the game in the hole early when a failed clear attempt led to a turnover and a quick goal from Tiger’s junior attacker Connor Pool just 29 seconds into the game.  It was a quick mistake that led to HSC grabbing the momentum and an early 1-0 lead—but that would not last long.

Similar to their second round matchup against Misericordia, where the Gulls conceded the first goal in the first and then rallied to take back the lead, Salisbury went on a seven-goal run in the first quarter.  By the end of the first, the Gulls led by a score of 7-3.

Salisbury kept the pressure on throughout the next two quarters, outscoring the Tigers 15-2 and dominating the battle for possession with ease.  SU head coach Jim Berkman felt that their production on offense was their key to victory.

“I felt that for three quarters our offense was playing at another level as we continue to improve,” Berkman said.  “[They] really know how to play together and be extremely unselfish which led to a lot of easy goals.”

Coach Berkman’s offense was firing on all cylinders on Saturday afternoon with eight different players recording a goal, including big contributions from senior attackers Nathan Blondino and Nick Garbarino.  The two senior stand-outs totaled 20 points between the two of them and continue to be the driving forces on offense.

“We were all on the same page. . .we communicated well,” Blondino said.  “You can shut one guy down but the rest of the five guys are going to do it for each other—the whole offense is complete.”

While the Sea Gulls settled into their usual goal-scoring offense, their stout defense provided HSC with rare chances in front of the net.  Nearly doubling the Tigers’ groundball total and completing 21 of 24 clearing attempts, the Gulls were a brick wall in front of senior goalie Colin Reymann in the cage.

Coach Berkman had used junior defenseman Kyle Tucker in the midfield to eliminate HSC’s top two scoring threats in junior midfielders Chandler Shaheen and Hunter Brown.

“They were virtually taken out of the game. . .that gets you out of your comfort zone; now you can’t do your normal things,” Berkman said.  “Two of their best players were being negated by two of the better defenders in the country.”

The game seemed to be all but over by the start of the fourth quarter after the Sea Gulls had propelled ahead to a commanding 22-5 lead.  The Tigers began to show some life late in the game, scoring seven goals in the final quarter.

Hampden-Sydney junior attacker Ian Levin continued his great individual season by leading the offense with four goals and four assists.  Levin led the Tigers in goals and points this season with 57 and 91 respectively.

“Salisbury’s defense is always good. . .we knew it was going to be a physical game,” Levin said.  “It overwhelmed us at times and the pressure got to us, but like coach said, ‘super proud of our team.’”

The Tigers tallied some goals late in the game after the Gulls made lineup substitutions to boost their confidence, and seemed to get into a better rhythm despite it being too little too late.

“It helps when they sub-out their All-American poles. . .it’s difficult to come up here and play,” Levin said.  “Once we settled in and realized the situation we were in, I think that’s when guys started to just play lacrosse.”

HSC first-year head coach Jason Rostan was incredibly proud of his team’s resilience in the face of the top team in the nation.

“Once you get to the tournament, you have to get through Salisbury, so I felt like it was a great opportunity for us,” coach Rostan said.  “As far as our team’s concerned, couldn’t be more proud of our guys this season.”

The Tigers are already looking forward to their next shot at the Sea Gulls when they will come visit for an exhibition next season.

As for the Sea Gulls, they remain alive and strong in the tournament as one of the final eight who have advanced to the quarterfinals.  After waiting to determine who their opponents would be, it was only right that they would go head-to-head with the team that gave them their only blemish on what could have been a perfect regular season record.

After a big win over Franklin and Marshall by a score of 17-9, Cabrini University sealed the rematch that all of Division III lacrosse will be watching.  In their final game of the regular season, Salisbury was upset on the road in overtime by the Cavaliers 11-10.

Come next Wednesday, Salisbury will be looking to sweeten their trip to the Final Four with redemption against the team that handed them their only loss this year.

Why everyone should run regularly

By ABIGAIL CHEW

Most people are well aware that running provides an excellent way to get into shape, but they are unaware that it can improve almost every aspect of life. While it may not be everyone’s favorite exercise, knowing what it can do for their life may give entirely new perspectives.

A daily run can have monumental physical benefits. Running will help to raise an individual’s levels of good cholesterol as well as reduce the risk of developing blood clots in later years. The lung function and use will significantly improve due to the constant focus on steady breathing.  The immune system will be boosted, preventing sickness.

Illness prevention is an important aspect of running that more people should take into consideration. For women specifically, running is known to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.  The risk of heart attacks and strokes will also be greatly reduced.   Many doctors even recommend running for those in early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

The other often not as highly recognized advantages that running provides are the mental benefits. Stress relief is a major example of such benefits.  Runners are found to show more optimism compared to those who do not incorporate the exercise into their daily routines.  Studies show that sleep quality improves as well as a healthier appetite.  Running gives an individual the time to clear their mind, reducing the chances of developing tension headaches.

Running has also been well known to reduce depression. As one is running, the brain will begin to secrete hormones that naturally improve one’s mood.  The creation of increased feelings of energy and focus allow life to be better enjoyed.  The act itself presents a different focal point (since one must divert all attention to their breathing), eliminating the opportunity to have negative thoughts.

Being able to set and accomplish goals is an extreme confidence booster, which is an opportunity running offers. Feelings of empowerment and satisfaction with oneself are developed through the knowledge of strength and capability.  If the choice to run is based on a goal to lose weight or to tone the body, then a better self-image is acquired.

Becoming part of a running community itself provides an excellent way to improve the social component of life. There are always clubs, teams and fundraising events that offer running opportunities, which allow one to meet others with similar goals and outlooks.  There is always constant support provided by this group of wellness-focused people.

Though there are numerous ways running can improve one’s mind and body, many people still find excuses to avoid it. Not having the time for a daily run is a common reasoning.  A 30-minute run is all it takes to reap all the benefits, which is very little time that can easily be set aside during the day.  Plus, running does not require any equipment to assemble in order to partake in the exercise.  Finding motivation is another deterrent when it comes to running.

However, finding a friend to run with and hold you responsible is an excellent solution for this issue. Some people find themselves self-conscious about running in public.  Again, running with a friend can be a solution, and so can choosing to run on a treadmill rather than outside.  Fear of injury is probably the most reasonable excuse to running, but it is a fear that can be easily abolished.  Educating oneself on the proper stretching techniques before and after a run will assist in avoiding joint damage.

For so many people, it is surprising to learn of all the different ways that running can improve overall physical and mental well-being. The truth, however, is that these are only a few of the many benefits that running can offer the body.  Making running a daily routine can leave one feeling more energized, more focused and better able to enjoy what life has to offer.

Fulton Hall Gallery switches gears

By THERESA TUMMINELLO

Staff Writer

Fulton Hall Gallery has been completely remodeled since the fine arts show of the 56th bi-annual Senior Art Exhibition “Transcendence” with new senior artists—all graphic design majors—displaying their graphic design work.

The second edition of “Transcendence” is open now until May 20. On Fri. May 12 there will be a reception for the students participating in the graphic design portion of the show, where artists can interact with others in the industry and represent their work.

Where the fine arts show focused more on drawing, painting and sculpture, the graphic design show displays work with media concentrations.

Art in this show includes digital typographic images, spray paint, digital print, collaged images, illustration, photoshop, colored pencil, screen print, copper ink print, inkjet print, photography and much more.

Within the show, the artists chose an overall theme for their work, using this theme in each piece of art they display. Some themes in the graphic design show include music, nature, men’s fashion, self-love, broadway musicals and African American culture.

Alex Stallings used real life objects in four of her pieces. She used beeswax, charcoal, grass/leaves and sea glass to bring awareness to frightening statistics about nature. Along with these, she has three screenprint works on display as well.

“I hope that, when people see my work, that they will be able to connect more and pay more attention to the larger environmental issues that we face through my use of natural objects,” Stallings said. “We are constantly flooded with information through mainly text and pictures on the internet, so I thought that, by putting real objects in front of people, they would actually stop and digest the information.”

Frederick Raab took a different approach to his theme, using bottle caps to craft three fish and digital print to create three other pieces depicting a person fishing off of a boat. Raab likes to incorporate humor, cartoon graphics, influences from television, music and even ideas from his friends, and appreciates the freedom that graphic design allows him and believes that anything has potential.

A particularly unique display from Kevin Nichols encompasses an overall theme of mental illnesses. Within this theme, he focuses on depression and autism.

Nichols uses previous negative thoughts of his own to create a piece that brings awareness to depression. He invited friends and classmates who knew him to take a piece of tape and replace his negative words with words that would make his thoughts positive.

“It’s not just about autism and depression awareness; it’s about making myself extremely vulnerable by letting my thoughts and beliefs be seen, with no ‘mask’ or filters,” Nicholas said. “I themed my show on my secrets and imperfections in hopes of gaining worthiness in myself, as well as joy, gratitude and knowledge about who I am. The more I did this, the more I yearned for other people to believe they are worthy.”

“Transcendence” is free to the public, and the graphic design show is open until May 22. Stop by Fulton Hall to see the many unique pieces on display. Gallery hours can be found online.