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

By ZACH GILLELAND

Staff Writer

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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

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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.

MLAX: Sea Gulls blow past Misericordia; roll to NCAA Tournament Third Round

By ZACH GILLELAND

Staff Writer

@_zachariahg

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The Sea Gull defense stood tall once again vs. Misericordia. In photo, No. 7 Sr. LSM Andrew Ternahan, No. 25 Jr. D Kyle Tucker, No. 19 Jr. M Troy Miller. Amy Wojtowicz photo

In SU head coach Jim Berkman’s tenure at Salisbury, each of his teams has won at least one NCAA Tournament game with only one—the 1989 squad in his first season—failing to do so.

The streak lives.

Facing the MAC (Middle Atlantic Conference) Freedom Conference-Champion Misericordia Cougars (13-4), the Sea Gulls (18-1) dominated nearly every statistical category en-route to a 24-3 victory on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Even with the commanding victory, Salisbury had its share of struggles.

With a week-and-a-half layoff and facing a defense they had not seen all year, the Sea Gull offense could not get into a rhythm in the first quarter, scoring only two goals. Alternating between both man-to-man and zone defensive units, Misericordia forced Salisbury to take only seven shots in the quarter.

“[We were] just trying to throw a couple of monkey wrenches into a well-oiled machine,” Cougar head coach Jim Ricardo said when discussing his team’s defensive game plan. “Be in it, rotate on defense and try to slow them down.”

Misericordia junior midfielder Jake Kocovsky kicked off the scoring with a man-up goal 10 minutes in. The Cougars outshot the Sea Gulls 10-7 in the first quarter.

“We missed a lot of opportunities in the first quarter,” Berkman said. “We were right on the doorstep several times and we didn’t put the ball in the back of the goal.”

Two minutes later SU senior attacker Carson Kalama tied things up. Kalama added a second goal with four seconds remaining in the first, assisted by a beautiful pass from freshman midfielder Josh Melton.

The offense started to gel in the second quarter, scoring seven goals. The Sea Gull offense controlled possession throughout the quarter, outshooting the Cougars 14-4.

After surrendering the first goal of the game, Salisbury scored 13 unanswered goals.

The Sea Gulls spread the ball around throughout the game, finding the open man and breaking down the defense. The defensive breakdown allowed Kalama and senior attacker Nick Garbarino to find themselves open in front of the crease, allowing for high percentage opportunities.

“Our middies can all feed the ball real well and they all play under control,” Berkman said. “We have six middies that carry the ball like attackmen and all are pretty good shooters. All of them are capable of getting the ball to three of the best finishers in the country.”

Kalama led the team offensively with eight points, which included six goals. Salisbury assisted on 14 of its 24 goals.

“The first quarter we had to feel [the defense] out a little bit,” Kalama said. “In the second quarter we were able to run our offense. Getting back in the game situation, it opened up in the second and third quarters.”

All three Sea Gull attackers—Kalama, Garbarino and senior Nate Blondino—contributed four or more goals. SU outshot Misericordia 52-23, including a 45-13 advantage over the final three quarters.

Contributing to the offense, face-off specialists Duncan Campbell and TJ Logue converted 23 of 31 face-off attempts. Salisbury improved its face-off percentage to a 59.5 percent success rate this season.

“When you have guys like [long-stick middie Andrew Ternahan] and Jeremiah [LaClair], it really helps when those guys come in and clean up,” Campbell said. “We were just focusing on us today and I think it really helped.”

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The Salisbury defense smothered the Misericordia attack, forcing tough shots on difficult angles. The Sea Gulls dominated the groundball battle 52-24 and successfully cleared on 25 of their 27 attempts. At one point, the Cougars went without a goal for almost 27 minutes.

“The game plan is the same every time we go into a game—shut down the opponent, take away what they do best—and we’re always seeming to do that because of our preparation,” junior defender Kyle Tucker said. “Everyone’s together as one unit.”

With the victory, Salisbury advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Sea Gulls will welcome in the Hampden-Sydney Tigers, winners of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

“It’s an exciting time to be a Gull,” Berkman said. “We look forward to Saturday.”

Sea Gulls’ quest for back-to-back NCAA Championships begins with Misericordia

By ZACH GILLELAND

Staff Writer

@_zachariahg

What: No. 1 Salisbury University men’s lacrosse hosts Misericordia University

When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Where: Sea Gull Stadium

How to watch: Sea Gull Sports Network

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Freshman defender Drew Borkowicz (No. 35) and junior defender Kyle Lawlor (No. 47) look on during the CAC Championship Game with SU head coach Jim Berkman in the background. Amy Wojtowciz photo

Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team’s road to its second-straight NCAA Championship starts in Foxboro, Mass. Following Bates’ loss to Middlebury in the semifinal of their conference tournament, the Sea Gulls (17-1, 8-0 CAC) emerge as the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Salisbury will host the winners of the MAC (Middle Atlantic Conference) Freedom Conference, the Misericordia Cougars. The Cougars (13-3, 7-0) come into Wednesday’s contest fresh off a 9-7 win over Lasell College on Tuesday.

Salisbury: The Sea Gulls received a bye in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, playing host to a neutral site game. Since its 11-10 loss at the sticks of then No. 14 Cabrini, Salisbury has won its last two games by an average of 12.5 goals—including a 15-5 win over York (Pa.) in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship game.

Misericordia: Making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament under MAC Freedom Coach of the Year Jim Ricardo, the Cougars defeated Lasell 9-7 on Tuesday. Leading 6-2 at halftime, Misericordia staved off a five-goal Laser rally to win its first NCAA Tournament game.

Salisbury Offense: With the third-ranked offense in the nation in goals scored, the Sea Gulls possess a potent offensive attack highlighted by senior attacker Nate Blondino, whose 105 points are the most by a Salisbury player since Matt Cannone’s 130 in 2012. Alongside fellow seniors Nick Garbarino, Carson Kalama, Brendan Bromwell and Adam Huber, Salisbury averages almost 17 goals per game.

Depth is the strong point for the maroon and gold. SU boasts nine players that have scored 15 or more goals—including two of the CAC’s top-five goal scorers.

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The road to the Final Four for Salisbury men’s lacrosse. Chris Mackowiak image via NCAA.com

Misericordia Defense: Facing a man-down situation after sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Beck committed a slashing penalty, the Cougars turned to backup Antonio Whyte. With four minutes left and a two-goal lead, Whyte made two key saves to allow Misericordia to advance.

Although Whyte became the hero on Tuesday, Beck is undefeated this season, boasting a 12-0 record in games he starts. Misericordia’s 7.78 goals-against average (GAA) is good for second in the MAC Freedom.

Misericordia Offense: Averaging 12.69 goals per game, the Cougars display the top offense in the MAC Freedom. With a balanced scoring attack with many different options, Misericordia has five players that have scored 23 or more goals.

Junior attacker Chris Fleming leads the team with 56 points. Fleming led the way for the Cougars on Tuesday, contributing four points in the win over Lasell.

Salisbury Defense: Also holding one of the country’s top defensive units, the Sea Gulls are eighth in Division III with a GAA of 6.44. A trio of defenders—Aaron Leeds, Will Nowesnick and Kyle Tucker—were named to All-CAC First Team.

With a defense that has allowed double digit goals only three times this season, Salisbury averages 41 ground balls per game and forces 11.7 turnovers per game.

At the ‘X’: Both teams possess multiple options at the ‘X’. The Sea Gulls hold the edge on face-offs, holding a 58.6 success rate compared to Misericordia’s 51.7 average.

Misericordia Player to Watch: Sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Beck

Beck could have a long day Wednesday facing the nation’s third-best goal-scoring team. Beck has held his on this season, sporting a 57.8 save percentage and 7.20 GAA.

Salisbury Player to Watch: Senior defender Aaron Leeds

Suspended for Salisbury’s CAC semifinal game against Mary Washington, Leeds returned against York, helping the defense surrender only five goals. The senior is third on the team with 51 ground balls and has caused 27 turnovers on the season.

Gullfest 2017 Recap

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By HALEY DICK & DREW LACOUTURE

Gull Life Editor/Editorial Editor

For this year’s annual Gullfest event, SU’s Student Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP) aimed more for a festival style show and, based on student reactions, it was a success. The show was hosted by the lively crew from MTV’s Wild N’ Out and kicked off by funk-pop group Ripe, followed by pop singer Niykee Heaton, with Hip-Hop artist and headliner D.R.A.M. to close.

Admission encompassed a t-shirt as well as access to outside games like cornhole and ladderball with a creative addition—free body painting. Food and clothing vendors were also set up at the festival and available to students for purchasing.

Students gradually trickled in after the doors opened, and Wild N’ Out got the crowd hyped up before the performances, as well in between the first and second acts, with crowd participation and friendly competition. Similar to their show, there was a lot of roasting to be had.

Despite technical difficulties regarding the microphone and the amplifiers, as well as three power outages, Ripe used their stage presence and creative improvisation to keep the show alive. The band acknowledged their power problems, and thanked the audience for being awesome and bearing with them.

After the first performance, freshman computer science and business double major Ralph Mehitang shared his thoughts on what he saw; he thought Ripe was really good, and Wild N’ Out were hilarious.

“So far, I’m really enjoying [Gullfest.] Of course, more students should make the decision to come, but from what I’m seeing, I am really enjoying it.”

Niykee Heaton, more commonly known for her modeling, played a few new tracks not yet released, and the crowd garnered a positive reaction. Her biggest verbal message for the audience was, “If you have a team, you have everything,” after sharing her story of how her best friend helped her achieve her dreams of becoming an artist.

D.R.A.M. took the stage as the closing act of the event, with Salisbury marking the conclusion of his college campus tour, as well as his stay on the East Coast. The majority of the crowd kept a continual high level of energy throughout the entire lineup, but D.R.A.M.’s performance and motto to “spread love” gained the most reaction.

“D.R.A.M. was great,” freshman physics major Elliot Hirtle said. “He really knew how to hype up the crowd, and he is a great performer.”

Madison Baber, sophomore elementary education major, thought last year’s artists were better, but this year’s event definitely ran smoother and was more enjoyable.

“The artists [last year,] Breakfast and Jason Derulo, were better to me just because they were people that I knew and actually listened to their music,” Baber said. “That being said, I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Gullfest this year, with it being outside and the fun new experience of body art. This year was also better because the artists were there on time, and did not show up hours late.”

SOAP had a set limit of 3,000 tickets, yet only around 550 were sold. The cause of this is undetermined, though last year’s complications may have played a factor.

Despite the lesser turnout, the students who attended seemed to have a genuinely good time with constant high energy and art-covered bodies, and remain optimistic for what SOAP will provide in Gullfests to come.