Sea Gull players of the week: Sept. 11-17


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In the second edition of the Sea Gull players of the week, The Flyer honors two Salisbury University student athletes for their performances in the past week. As always, comment below and share your thoughts on the selections.

Sophomore midfielder Dolph Hegewisch (Men’s Soccer)


Hegewisch drives in on Misericordia sophomore goalkeeper Patrick Hoffman for his first goal of the game. Emma Reider photo

Hegewisch earns this week’s male player of the week award after his performance in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Misericordia. The sophomore scored two goals, his first two of the season.

It had been a slow start for the Sea Gulls offensively in 2017. A 1-5 start for Salisbury that saw four of frustrating 1-0 losses, the offense had created scoring chances but ultimately could not finish.

The first half of Saturday’s contest saw more of the same for the maroon and gold. The team fired six shots, but could not find the back of the net.

Hegewisch answered for the Sea Gulls in the 63rd minute, putting the team on top 1-0. The sophomore added his second goal of the game seven minutes later, chipping a header over the Cougar goalkeeper to extend the Salisbury lead to two.

Hegewisch’s goals seemed to rejuvenate the Sea Gull offense. Fellow sophomores midfielder Ryan Spadin and defender Stephen White added goals of their own to cap off a four-goal second half for Salisbury.

An integral part in the offensive rotation, Hegewisch led Salisbury with six goals a season ago.

Senior forward Ruthie Lucas (Women’s Soccer)


Lucas (No. 10) scored a brace against Catholic on Saturday, as she celebrates here with senior midfielder Jaime Tacka. Emma Reider photo

Lucas earns this week’s female player of the week award for her performance in Saturday’s 5-4 loss against Catholic.

The senior added two goals for a Sea Gull team looking for some consistency on offense. Facing a Cardinal team that had shutout four opponents coming into the game, Lucas used her speed to get around defenders to create chances.

Lucas’ first goal came in the 23rd minute from the top of the box that tied the game at two. The senior added her second just over a minute into the second half to give Salisbury a 4-2 lead.

Coming into the game the Sea Gulls had been shutout in their previous three contests. The maroon and gold doubled their offensive production in Saturday’s matchup, scoring four goals on eight shots.

Lucas overcame a slow start of her own. Battling an injury early on this season, the two goals added to her career total of 14, the highest among active Salisbury players


Weekend Recap: SU Athletics shine on road


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This weekend in Sea Gull athletics saw the majority of Salisbury University varsity teams hit the road. Fans able to make it on campus saw an offensive explosion at the Sea Gull Soccer Stadium as the men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted non-conference matchups in a doubleheader.


SU men’s soccer defender Nick Carrington drives the ball forward vs. Misericordia. Hannah Wichrowski photo

Men’s Soccer: 4-0 win vs Misericordia

The men’s soccer team won its first home matchup of the season, using an offensive outburst to defeat Misericordia 4-0. Check out staff writer Kyle Russell’s recap along with photo galleries and post-match interviews on the Sea Gulls’ victory.

Women’s Soccer: 5-4 loss vs Catholic

The Sea Gulls fell in dramatic fashion on Saturday, losing a tough nail-biter to Catholic 5-4. Russell recaps how even in defeat, Salisbury is still staying positive (photo galleries and video post-game interviews included).

Football: 21-13 win at Kean


Salisbury football moves to 2-1 (2-0 NJAC) on the season after their win at Kean this weekend. Jalil Dukes photo

The Sea Gulls travelled to Union, N.J. on Saturday to battle Kean in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) matchup. Salisbury defeated the Cougars 36-14 in Sea Gull Stadium last season.

This matchup proved to be a much more difficult affair for the maroon and gold than in their previous encounter. SU fell into a 13-7 deficit early into the second quarter after Kean running back Brian Matthews punched in a 1-yard run.

With four minutes remaining in the first half, SU senior quarterback Brandon Lewis connected on a 5-yard pass to Brian Legue to cap off a 10-play, 80-yard drive that gave the Sea Gulls a 14-13 lead at halftime. Legue found the end zone again late, this time with a 5-yard run with seven minutes remaining in the game to put Salisbury up top 21-13.

Lewis finished his day completing nine of 12 passes for 157 yards and two passing touchdowns. Senior slot back Brady Curley led the team with 58 yards on the ground.

Defensively, SU held Kean scoreless in the second half. Junior linebacker Tom Montag led the unit with eight tackles. Montag and Brandon Robeson each recorded a sack and Keith Payne added an interception.

UP NEXT: Salisbury stays in the state of New Jersey to take on TCNJ Saturday at noon.

Field Hockey: 3-0 win at Cabrini


SU field hockey got their first home win of the season against Washington College last week. Emma Reider photo

The Salisbury University field hockey team collected its fourth shutout of the season Saturday, defeating reigning Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Champion Cabrini. The Sea Gulls faced the Cavaliers at Sea Gull Stadium in 2016, winning 6-0.

SU junior forward Emily Lemanski scored her first goal of the season off a penalty corner to give the maroon and gold the lead. Salisbury converted on two of its six penalty corners in the first half.

12 minutes later sophomore defender Arielle Johnston found the back of the cage to give Salisbury a 2-0 edge. Assisted by senior Nicole Lindner, Johnston’s goal was her second in two games.

Sophomore forward Tara Daddio found Natalie Wilkinson on the far post to give the Sea Gulls their third and final goal of the game.

All victories for Salisbury this season have come by way of the shutout. The Sea Gulls outshot the Cavaliers 20-7.

UP NEXT: Salisbury returns home to face John’s Hopkins on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Since 2000, the Sea Gulls hold a 189-12 record at Sea Gull Stadium.

Volleyball: 3-0 win vs Moravian, 3-0 win vs Neumann, 3-2 loss vs Cabrini, 3-0 win vs Haverford (Knights Invitational)

Volleyball traveled to Aston, Pa. to participate in the Knights Invitational. The Sea Gulls came away with three wins over the weekend, improving their record to 10-2.

Salisbury cruised on the opening night of the Invitational sweeping both Moravian and Neumann respectively.

The team’s only blemish on the weekend came with a five set loss to Cabrini on the first game of day two. The Cavaliers edged the Sea Gulls in a close match-up, winning the fifth set 16-14.

The maroon and gold won its final contest of the Invitational, sweeping Haverford 9-3 in straight sets.

Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Venturelli led the Sea Gulls with 72 kills throughout the tournament. Her 178 kills leads the Capital Athletic Conference.

UP NEXT: Salisbury travels back to Pennsylvania to participate in the Carnegie Mellon Tournament starting on Friday at 6 p.m.

Cross Country: Women’s finish sixth, men’s finish third

The Sea Gull cross country teams headed north to Dartmouth, Mass. to compete in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational. Both teams faced competition across all NCAA Divisions.

The women’s placed sixth in the Invitational. In the 5K race, freshman Liana Foianini finished 24th overall, leading Salisbury with a time of 19:16.74.

The men’s team came away with a third place finish. In the 8K race, sophomore Branson Odour finished third overall with a time of 25:26.31.

UP NEXT: Salisbury hosts the Don Cathcart Invitational at Winter Place Park on Sept. 30 at 9:45 a.m.



SU Flyer Sports Podcast: Soccer offensive surge


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The stands at the Sea Gull Soccer Stadium were filled for Salisbury men’s soccer’s third home match of the season. Hannah Wichrowski photo

On this week’s edition of The Flyer Sports Podcast, sports editor Chris Mackowiak and sports reporter Zach Gilleland breakdown the Saturday that was in Salisbury University athletics. On campus, only two games were in action as the women’s and men’s soccer teams came out firing with each team scoring four goals in their respective match-ups.

The two analyze what occurred in the Sea Gull Soccer Stadium alongside what occurred on the road this weekend for the other squads.

Sports Articles of the Week:

CAC Chamberlin Coaching Tree

Salisbury field hockey recap vs. Washington College

Salisbury women’s soccer recap vs. Catholic

Salisbury men’s soccer recap vs. Misericordia

Wesley & Marymount (Va.) departing Capital Athletic Conference (CAC)

Four goals not enough as Salisbury WSOC falls to Catholic


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SU freshman back Kayla Homeyer battles for possession vs. a Cardinal Saturday. Emma Reider photo

Shootouts and soccer are not typically synonymous, but Saturday afternoon this was the case for Salisbury University women’s soccer against the Catholic University of America.

On paper ahead of the action, it was destined to be a tough match-up for Salisbury, a team facing an uphill climb after starting 2017 1-5. Senior forward Ruthie Lucas looked to the national stage to prepare for the match.

“[In] yesterday’s practice we were trying to watch a video the US women’s national team from 1999 and how they pushed through all of the challenges that they were facing and eventually winning the World Cup,” Lucas said.

“I think, for us, we were just trying during practice to play as hard as we would in a game. And trying to get the ball in the back of the net,” Lucas continued.

Getting the ball in the back of the net seemed like an easy task for both the Sea Gulls and the Cardinals Saturday afternoon with the two sides combining for nine goals. Catholic struck first in the contest, just 47 seconds in, on the foot of Elizabeth Johnson.

With the early goal for the Cardinals, things appeared to be going the way of the first couple games of the season but that’s where it changed. The two teams continued to respond back and forth with Maggie Moorcones putting CUA back on top in the 18th minute.

From there, the Sea Gulls found their stride, scoring the next three goals in the match. The second SU goal came from Ruthie Lucas, one of her two unassisted goals of the night. Then moments later the third goal was scored by sophomore Megan Brady with the assist coming from sophomore Dana Gordon. Putting the score at the end of the first half 3-2 in favor of the Gulls.

After halftime, the Gulls tacked on one more to complete Lucas’ brace on the day, leading 4-2. While the match seemed out of the Cardinals reach, they persevered with three more goals over the course of 27 minutes from Johnson, Riley Hawblitzel, and Jillian Sudo.

In the final minute of action, Salisbury achieved another chance on goal for Lucas, but it was not enough as the Sea Gulls (1-6) fell in heart-breaking fashion 5-4.

Despite the lead given up, positives emerged for Salisbury head coach Kwame Lloyd.

“I thought our midfield did phenomenal today, for the first time they were balanced, they got the ball through really well. Our offense scored four goals, recognizing the high line and being able to play the ball through for some chances,” Lloyd said.

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On the offensive side, SU scored their most goals so far in 2017. Primarily their potent offensive threat Lucas got back on the board with her first two goals of the season and her 13th and 14th career ones respectively. The senior had been fighting an injury earlier this season.

“I’ve been in pretty much a goal scoring slump this season, I’m coming off of an injury and haven’t really been able to find the back of the net so this was huge for me personally just being able to make something happen and to feel like I’m doing my part,” Lucas said.

Both Brady and Homeyer scored their first goals of the season too. While junior Margaux Hrab did not find the back, of the net, she did have a strong, aggressive game in the midfield for SU.

“I just think that when you go out onto the field it’s a battle, it’s a war. We have to protect our house,” Hrab said. “You can’t be intimidated by everybody else. I used to be a timid player and I never want to be like that anymore. So I always want them to be scared of me.”

On the defensive side, senior goalkeeper Hope Knussman had five saves, and senior midfielder Jamie Tacka put together a good game on the defensive front. Her past struggles fuel her to succeed.

“I try to go out on the field like every game could be my last. I had an injury sophomore year that took me out for the whole season so I’m really just trying not to take anything for granted. I’m just really blessed to be able to play,” Tacka said.

Building from the loss

While the offense churned up a great performance, the Sea Gulls struggled in the lead during the second half. Catholic used key chances to their advantage to find momentum and get back into the game.

“Three of the goals they [Catholic] scored were set pieces, so having some accountability on set pieces. And then maybe finishing some of the chances we had. We had quite a few chances today. It could have been eight to four rather than five to four them,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd sees plenty to learn from the Saturday result, but the SU coach also preaches a positive outlook for something at the end of the tunnel. One positive was four goals on the day.

“We scored four goals in the game look at what we’ve done so far, we haven’t done that yet. So we scored four goals in the game, we have to stay positive,” Lloyd said.

“We have a line that we have to cross, and that line is that we either tank or we go forward. And I think that with the characters of this team we are going to go forward,” he continued.

The measure of character and a player for Lloyd is their hard work-ethic and their persistence to succeed. That was one thing on display after the game with a few SU players setting up drills without the coaches asking them to.

“To see the character of my kids look behind you,” Lloyd said. “That’s the characters of my kids, those are the kids that didn’t play. I didn’t ask them, to do that. That’s them pulling the cones out and doing it themselves because they want to be ready when called upon.”

It is the type of work ethic that Salisbury will need to break this opening stride. At the end of the day, SU gave up 18 shots to the Cardinals as compared to eight for the Sea Gulls. It provides something to work on and maybe humbles the team about what it takes to win in 2017.

Salisbury will next hit the pitch Tuesday at Rutgers-Newark as SU tries to break a four-game losing streak since their 3-1 win vs. Washington College.

“That’s why I get up in the morning, it’s because I get to work with those young people every day. We can only go up,” Lloyd said. “I work with a strong group of believers of themselves and their teammates and I’m not going to let them crumble.”

Second half offensive surge leads to first Salisbury MSOC home win


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Salisbury celebrates their third goal of the game vs. Misericordia, coming from sophomore midfielder Ryan Spadin. Emma Reider photo

Following a four-game road trip, the Salisbury University men’s soccer team returned to the Sea Gull Soccer Stadium Saturday evening for a match-up with the Misericordia University Cougars. Despite coming in with only one win in 2017, an offensive surge in the second half propelled the Sea Gulls to a huge 4-0 victory, their first home win this season.

“Coach [Hargrove] put a lot of emphasis on reaching a hundred percent and that’s what we did today,” SU sophomore defender Stephen White said.

At the half, the game was uneventful despite both sides getting their fair share of chances, shots, and set pieces. The Cougars and Gulls entered the locker room scoreless at 0-0. SU second-year head coach Alex Hargrove went to this team at halftime emphasizing a three-point plan to get things going on the offensive end.

“We got to continue to find switches on the field and attack quickly, we gotta do a better job of managing the transition moments a little bit, and we gotta be ready to take the chances when they come and certainly the guys in the second half did all of those three things,” Hargrove said.

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Coming off a close first half, the Sea Gulls needed to focus on keeping their composure too. They did just that and more.

“We stayed calm and collected in the back, we didn’t give up in the attacking third and I thought it was a change from the other games this year,” SU sophomore midfielder Dolph Hegewisch said.

While the Salisbury defense continued to succeed, the Gulls’ offense came back stronger and full of intensity, with Hegewisch scoring two unassisted goals, just seven minutes apart from one another. Pressuring the Misericordia backline was the key to the success as Hegewisch connected on two breakaway chances.

After leading the Sea Gulls in scoring with six goals last season, Hegewisch tallied the most shots on the team entering the match Saturday with no goals to show for it. The 2016 second team All-CAC player was grateful for the opportunities.

“It’s a huge relief coming off seven games not scoring a goal and now scoring two in one game it’s a huge relief and a lot off my shoulders. I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to Wednesday,” Hegewisch said.

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Shortly after, sophomore midfielder Ryan Spadin scored the third goal of the game assisted by junior Cameron Wilson. Spadin cut inside outside of the box and curled the ball around Misericordia sophomore goalkeeper Patrick Hoffman for his first tally in 2017. The quick succession of goals tilted momentum and the game the Sea Gulls way for the remainder of the contest

“I give credit to a lot of new faces on the field at the end, they were able to manage the game and get the shot out,” Hargrove said.

The last goal of the game was scored with four minutes left in the game by White, assisted by freshman forward Kevin Eriksen.

“It wasn’t the prettiest goal but it’s a goal. But it’s not just the goals that matter it’s the win all together. Everyone worked really hard,” White said, after his first career SU goal.

White gained the service on the Eriksen cross, settled it inside the box and then drove it on frame of essentially an open net after Eriksen drew the Misericordia goalkeeper out of the net with his run.

“We were able to use the depth of our roster to continue to put pressure on their back line and eventually we got some guys with some pretty good scoring opportunities and they took care of it,” Hargrove said.

As the Sea Gull offense poured the goals in, SU junior goalkeeper Trevor Brookhart stood tall in the net, gaining his second shutout of the season in his seven starts. Both Brookhart and the defensive members worked together through communication and crisp passing to accomplish the shutout.

“It’s our objective as a goal keeper and defense to go in every game and get a shut out so it feels really good. We work during practice and we work on communication and just passing throughout the back form, keeping it all together,” Brookhart said.

Averaging 5.4 shots-per-game this season, the Misericordia offense could not get a tally with their nine shots and seven corner kicks. Brookhart also contributed two saves on the night.

With a new formation in action in this contest, Salisbury’s offense had a new chemistry in the game Saturday night. It’s one born from the relationships among the team off the field.

“We are all best friends to be honest we all hang out. They are always at our apartment and we are always in commons. You’ll never find anyone alone in commons or around campus,” White said.

As for the future, the players hope to pull out another win on Wednesday and to keep the offensive production coming that they began in Saturday’s second half.

“We gotta keep plugging away, we have a lot of non-conference games coming up and then conference schedule starts so we just gotta continue to take the mentality on the field today into the training,” Hargrove said.

Salisbury will hit the road for their next two match-ups as they will face Stevenson University Wednesday and then start Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play at Southern Virginia next Saturday.

The CAC Chamberlin Coaching Tree extends another branch


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The SU field hockey team stands together during the national anthem ahead of their game vs. Washington College. Emma Reider photo

There is a tree growing over in Sea Gull Stadium. Fans may not see it, but it’s there. With each passing season, it grows stronger and taller. It spreads its branches and roots across the Delmarva Peninsula and the Mid-Atlantic Region.

This tree sprouted 31 seasons ago in 1987. It has stood these last few decades, rich in experience, love and lessons learned. But this summer, a new branch stretched out from it all the way to York College (Pa.).

Salisbury University field hockey head coach Dawn Chamberlin is the face of the program, and she has been for those 31 seasons. That position has allowed her to create a culture and a family, but not just any family. It’s a field hockey family: ‘SUFH.’ It never leaves former players and coaches and continues with each new Sea Gull squad.

Chamberlin’s experience and imprint has made its impact on the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) beyond simply winning conference titles and national championships. Now, of the other six CAC field hockey programs, four of them have head coaches that were former players or coaches under Chamberlin.

“It’s a great tribute to what we’re doing here in our program and we just want them to be successful,” Chamberlin said.

The Four Branches


Chamberlin stands in the center background with a bouquet of flowers as her players join together in front of her. Valeria Hirsch photo

It is one thing to be at the helm of a program for 31 years. It is another to have perennial success as a national power each season with 476 total wins under her belt.

Since her first season in 1987, Chamberlin has missed the NCAA Tournament just once. At the moment, she is on a 23-season NCAA Tournament appearance streak and also has four consecutive CAC titles. This program consistency has included 20 conference titles, eight national semifinal appearances, and four national titles, with 2009 marking the most recent one.

“Having that mentality that winning year after year is something that you want to happen. It just can’t unless you make it happen. They can’t just say ‘oh I want to win,’ well you have to do something about that. I think that’s what Dawn has established within her culture at Salisbury,” University of Mary Washington Head Coach Lindsey Barbacow said.

The core of that consistency is definitely a mentality to work hard in order to win. Most people know of Chamberlin and her recent achievements. Her journey to her current position on the Eastern Shore has taken her across the country.

Collegiately, Chamberlin played field hockey at the University of Iowa where she was a member of a team that won three straight Big Ten Championships. During her final two seasons, she captained the team and received an All-Big Ten team honor. Upon her graduation, Chamberlin came to Salisbury for her master’s in education in 1987, which lined her up to take over the field hockey program that same year.

Experience is a sure thing for Chamberlin, but it is also how she affected her players that explains how the roots of her coaching tree have spread through the CAC.

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Wesley field hockey head coach Tracey Short. Wesley Athletics photo.

The first branch extended soon after Chamberlin first took over the Sea Gulls. Wesley College field hockey Head Coach Tracey Short was a Salisbury field hockey player on Chamberlin’s first ever team. The year before Chamberlin took over, Short and the Sea Gulls achieved an undefeated season alongside a national title.


It was no easy task for anyone to take over from there, but the Sea Gulls got back to the National Semifinals the next two seasons with Chamberlin as the head coach and Short as a key player. Short achieved All-American status by her senior year.

Following her graduation, Short stayed at Salisbury as an assistant coach under Chamberlin for two seasons until she left for other positions in the region. It was soon after that Short was hired as the Wesley Wolverines head field hockey coach in 1995. Since then, Short has accumulated a 257-118 record alongside three conference titles and three NCAA appearances.

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Mary Washington field hockey head coach Lindsey Barbacow. UMW Athletics photo

It was not until 16 years later that the second branch emerged from the tree. Barbacow came to Mary Washington to head the program in 2011. Her best season with the Eagles came in 2012 when she led them to the National Semifinals with a 20-2 record. Now she enters her seventh season coaching for the Eagles.

As an All-American forward at Salisbury, Barbacow, then named Lindsey Elliott, was part of the 2003 Salisbury national championship team. Following her graduation, Barbacow remained with Salisbury for four seasons as an assistant coach under Chamberlin in which she continued as part of two more national title teams to complete the trifecta from 2003-2005.

While her time at SU allowed her to achieve her bachelor’s in physical education and master’s in education, she also had the opportunity to see Chamberlin work first hand and learn from her mentor.

“From Dawn, came just that tenacity to want to win and to never give up. Obviously, we’re in the same conference so it’s always interesting to play her and against Salisbury. The thing I probably learned the most from Dawn was her passion for the sport and her players,” Barbacow said.

Barbacow is one coach that has seen consistent success in her own program after leaving Salisbury. That’s something she wishes to transform into contention for national titles, something that the Mary Washington players know their coach has experienced.

“[My players] want to be able to experience that. We’re just slowly breaking through and trying to establish our own traditions here with success and winning. It’s a slow process that isn’t overnight for sure. The winning tradition is something you just have to have the girls buy into,” Barbacow said.

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St. Mary’s field hockey head coach Jessica Lanham. St. Mary’s (Md.) Athletics photo

The third branch on the tree stretches over to St. Mary’s (Md.), where former Sea Gull Jessica Lanham, then named Jessica Saey, took over the program in 2016. Lanham comes off of a 5-12 record in her first season in which the Seahawks reached the CAC Tournament.

At Salisbury, Lanham was an all-conference player her senior year and was a part of a 2013 National Championship appearance alongside two CAC titles. Following her graduation with a degree in elementary education, the Salisbury graduate stayed at SU to pursue a master’s of education.

An opening as a graduate assistant coach on the Salisbury field hockey team under Chamberlin allowed her to do this. As an assistant coach, Lanham was a part of CAC championship squads in each of her two years. However, when she achieved that master’s degree, something changed for Lanham.

“When I started applying for teaching jobs, I realized that I really loved coaching and I didn’t want to get out of it. So I started looking into opportunities to be able to coach,” Lanham said.

That opportunity opened at St. Mary’s where she now prepares for her second season leading the squad. One thing that Lanham does today in her own program is remind her players that they are out there to have fun, something that was imprinted on her from Chamberlin.

“That’s something she tries to implement in her players and remind them while playing at a very competitive and high level,” Lanham said.

Katie Fost York

York field hockey head coach Katie Fost. York Athletics photo

Finally, the fourth branch in the tree grew just this past summer. Former All-CAC midfielder at Salisbury, Katie Fost takes over the York College program for her first season this fall. Fost played for the Sea Gulls on their 2009 National Championship squad alongside her three all-conference selections.

“I love this sport, and I love what Dawn and Salisbury field hockey stood for. I wanted to continue that same type of tradition of excellence and character-building and life-learning through the sport,” Fost said.

Since then, she has enjoyed assistant coaching opportunities at Goucher College and Bates College. As she looks to build her own program and culture at York, Fost does remember the three ‘C’s’ at Salisbury: Champions in the classroom, in the community, and on the field.

“I’ve taken that into every role I’ve been in so far. I’m continuing that on here at York. For me, the focus is to work hard out on the field so that we can become a CAC contender and contend for a CAC Championship and have our chance at the national title,” Fost said.

Four branches that mark the depth of the culture at Salisbury and the experience that Chamberlin provides to her players on and off the field. Among these Sea Gull coached teams, three currently appear in the weekly Penn Monto/NFHCA rankings with Salisbury at No. 3, Mary Washington at No. 17 and York receiving votes in the poll.

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SU field hockey head coach Dawn Chamberlin. SU Athletics photo

For Chamberlin, with so many strong athletes coming through Sea Gull Stadium, some of them breath coaching in their playing days.

“You get some that are great athletes but also they’re great leaders. You know they’re going to be able to go on and be really good coaches. Most of them have worked under me in some way or another, other than just playing. I hope that their love of field hockey will continue and that they’ll want to give back,” Chamberlin said.

Despite all five of these Sea Gulls facing each other each season in the CAC, one thing does not change.

“We are a family on and off the field. We’re always there for each other. That doesn’t stop once they become competitors in our conference,” Chamberlin said.

SUFH: It’s a family


A few Sea Gulls share a laugh in the huddle during game time. Emma Reider photo

Away from the success on the field, there is one thing that no one can take away from these coaches, their familial love and atmosphere. Lanham believes that Chamberlin’s best attribute may be her way of connecting with her players.

“I think the biggest thing is her interaction with her players. It wasn’t just about field hockey. She cares about her players as people and cares about them on the field and off the field. And she sets high expectations to get the best out of her players,” Lanham said.

The letters S-U-F-H mean more to these former players than just Salisbury University field hockey. It means a family away from home and a support system in the good and bad times.

With that lettering comes the consistency and success that is so strong with the field hockey program at SU. A success formed from the chemistry within this family each season on the field.

“It’s really special to me. Anyone that puts on a ‘SUFH’ jersey should feel really proud to be a part of that program, and I hope to create a program like that at St. Mary’s,” Lanham said.

That relationship goes beyond just Chamberlin. Today these coaches continue their strong ties to their teammates as they go further in life. 31 seasons offer the opportunity to expand this tree’s root system far and wide.

“I built relationships with girls on the team that continue till this day. It was really a family-like atmosphere. It’s great to continue our relationship with Dawn and to have her as a mentor, especially in the career path that I followed,” Fost said.

For many of these players, looking up to coach becomes wanting to be coach when they depart Salisbury. Now with their own programs under their wings, these fellow CAC coaches look for ways to emulate Chamberlin and what she did for them as a head coach.

It is important to remember that coaches offer immense impact on players’ lives. They can be a role model each day on and off the field since they interact with the team so often.

“Once I became an assistant, I was like ‘I want to be a coach like her and help impact young women, just lead them and let them know that they can do great things in their lives,” Lanham said.

Having a strong impact on the community is something all these former Sea Gulls keep close to the vest. The program has created well-rounded individuals off the field, which has transferred into a high rate of success on it.

By being close to her players, Chamberlin has a positive effect on them off the field. They become better people, as evidenced by the four head coaches that appear here and displayed the leadership to gain the positions that they hold today.

But other than the family aspect, it sometimes does return to field hockey. When all the former Sea Gulls are not facing each other, a field hockey tactic or two may be shared and enter the conversation.

“We’re very close and we help each other out. That’s always going to be the case. There’s no secrets in field hockey, we share drills and ideas. They know that I’m always here to help them out because obviously I’ve had a lot of experience behind me. I want them to be just as successful as they were as student-athletes here,” Chamberlin said.

Facing the Mentor


SU sophomore forward Lexi Butler settles the ball vs. Washington College. Emma Reider photo

That family aspect does have to disappear for one day once a year when each of the four coaches face Chamberlin. At least for those 70 minutes on the field, something changes.

“Dawn and I have a great relationship that if I still need something I can call her. It’s not like we’re enemies, but during that 70-minute period we are enemies. We both obviously want to win,” Barbacow said.

For Chamberlin, the match-ups can be tough considering all four of these coaches have been through her program. It provides for an interesting mental battle.

“It’s exciting, it’s fun, and it’s a challenge. They played here and they know how I think. They know what we do on a daily basis and they know what they have to do to beat us,” Chamberlin said.

While Chamberlin may not be too stressed about the match-ups for now. Her players are at times, especially the first time they see their former coach on the other side of the sideline.

“That was definitely stressful, my stomach was in my throat. But now I’m going into year seven so it’s getting a little… actually it’s not getting any easier every time I play her. I’m not gonna lie. You want to win every game, but you definitely want to beat your alma mater or your former coach,” Barbacow said

While Barbacow and the other coaches do get past the stress, their greater focus is sometimes on impressing their four-time national championship winning mentor. When they talk to Chamberlin the next time around, some welcomed advice may be coming.

“I think that the first time [I faced her] was just super stressful, making sure that what I was doing as a head coach was something that she would respect in return. I think that’s something her and I have grown to be able to talk about,” Barbacow said.


The Sea Gull captains meet the referees and the Washington College captains. Emma Reider photo

But talking and relaying their information in order to become better coaches is important. That advice affects how these newer head coaches operate their programs and develop new cultures.

At the end of the day, these CAC field hockey players are Division III athletes. Fost puts in perspective what is important for these players to remember and for these head coaches to emphasize.

“I also want these girls to be prepared for what they’re doing later on in life. It’s just like Dawn told me, I’m not going to be a professional field hockey player. At that time I thought I was going to go and work in a hospital,” Fost said.

“They’re going to go and make a difference in the world, to be a part in the community and to be successful in the classroom is just as important as being a champion out on the field. I took that from Salisbury,” Fost continued.

Impact in the community is the focus for this family or flock of Sea Gulls as they look back. While they may have the next All-American on the field in front of them, they may also have the next leaders in the community and specific industries across the nation and the world.

Giving back to the community brings the story back 360 degrees to entering a career they are passionate for, coaching field hockey. The best way to give back is through something one loves, so they can pass on that love and use it to inspire others.

“We want them to give back. This has been a sport that has been very good to them and we want to make sure they are giving back. The best way they can give back is by teaching young girls and young women to play the sport and love the sport just as much as they have,” Chamberlin said.

No matter where Chamberlin goes and what sideline she’s on, her branches on this CAC coaching tree will remember her for this very impact she made on each of them. While they certainly do yearn for the bright lights of a national championship, the measure of a legendary coach is the way that they have impacted those around them on the team and in the community.

“I hope I can be half as good a coach as she is. She’s not just a coach, she’s family,” Lanham said.

This family is alive and well. It will continue well beyond Chamberlin’s coaching years as these CAC coaches continue the tradition.

This tree is a sturdy one that has grown larger through the last 31 seasons in Sea Gull Stadium. It will continue to prosper both with each branch extending and its stoic trunk at the center rich in experience.

It’s a testament not just to Salisbury field hockey but also the Salisbury University community as it spreads across the region, utilizing the same values that Chamberlin preaches each day.

“Sea Gull Nation is alive and well,” Fost said. “It’s really great to be a part of.”

Video/Recap: Salisbury field hockey soars to first home win of 2017


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The SU field hockey team celebrates after a goal in their 3-0 win vs. Washington College. Emma Reider photo

Following its first home-opening loss in the new millennium to defending National Champion and first-ranked Messiah College, the Salisbury University field hockey team had an opportunity to hit the reset button after a nail-biting finish.

Facing fellow Eastern Shore counterpart Washington College, the Sea Gulls (3-1) used a dominant second half to take down the Shorewomen 3-0.

Salisbury had numerous opportunities on the offensive end in the first half, tallying 10 shots but only coming away with one goal.

That goal coming 10 minutes into the game off the stick of sophomore forward Arielle Johnston. The sophomore, on a penalty stroke, sent a laser low and right into the corner of the cage to give SU a 1-0 lead.

“We do [penalty strokes] in practice all the time and I know where I’m going every time,” Johnston said.

Washington College goalkeeper Morgan Domanico turned out a solid performance in the cage, saving seven shots in the first half and 11 in total. Salisbury consistently put up the shots, but SU head coach Dawn Chamberlin said the team could not finish their opportunities.

“I think we came out really flat in the first half,” Chamberlin said. “We didn’t have that intensity and passion that we needed to have and that showed in the fact that we only had one goal on the board.”

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The Sea Gulls picked up the intensity in the second half, peppering the Shorewomen defense with 14 shots. Five minutes into the half, sophomore forward Rachel Domanico found the back of the cage with an assist from Emily Lemanski.

The reigning Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Week’s fourth goal of the season extended the Salisbury lead to two.  Last season in her freshman campaign, Domanico tallied three goals in 16 appearences.

“Emily was coming around the baseline and I basically set up on the stroke line,” Domanico said. “We made eye contact and I connected the pass.”

Freshman forward Jenna Partilla put the Gulls up by three in the 54th minute. Lemanski’s shot from the left wing bounced off the post, allowing Partilla to collect the rebound and score.

The forward, who has started all four games this season, scored the first goal of her Salisbury career.

Washington College struggled on the offensive side, firing only three shots throughout the game with all coming in the first half. The Shorewomen had its best opportunities in the first half, but a few quick saves by SU goalkeeper Tressie Windsor kept them off the board.

Midway through the first half, a shot by Shorewomen forward Emily Pantazes beat Windsor but was saved by a diving Jillian Hughes. Hughes’ stick caught the ball just before it crossed the line and into the cage.

“It was about to go in and I tried as hard as I could for it not to go in,” Hughes said. “I got lucky, everyone got lucky.”

A mainstay in the defensive unit and part of a strong sophomore class for the Sea Gulls, Hughes has started all 24 games in her career.

A better performance for SU in the second half, the Sea Gulls did not allow a shot. The maroon and gold stayed in firm control of possession throughout the half and limited Washington College’s offensive opportunities.

“They were happy with their performance in the second half,” Chamberlin said. “We really showed what we are capable of doing but we’ve got to be able to play for 70 minutes, 35 is not going to cut it for us. We’ve got to come out strong from the start and continue and hold that intensity level for the entire game.”

UP NEXT: Salisbury travels to Radnor, Pa. to take on Cabrini University on Saturday at noon. The Sea Gulls defeated the Cavaliers 6-0 last season.

In post-game interview video, sports editor Chris Mackowiak assisted with camera operation.

Wesley & Marymount (Va.) departing CAC


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Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) logo. CAC Handbook


Other than in football, the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) marks the schedules each season for Salisbury University’s varsity sports. Salisbury has been an important member of the conference since 1993 when the Sea Gulls joined the then-seven team conference.

Since Salisbury joined the CAC, it was a consistent conference of eight teams until 2007. Over the last decade, additions and subtractions have come and gone, and the CAC may be going under another transformation within the next academic year. The conference is currently at 10 teams, but that will soon change come the next academic year.

Marymount University (Va.), one of the original charter members of the CAC, will be leaving the conference shortly. Joining the Saints in their exodus will be Wesley College, after the school recently joined the conference in 2007.

“Wesley and Marymount are leaving the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. They will be joining a new conference, which is made up of primarily faith-based institutions. Both schools felt that it better fit with their mission and their values,” SU Athletics Director Dr. Gerry DiBartolo told The Flyer.

The new conference that is coming is rumored to be focused around the Baltimore and Philadelphia metro regions as schools from multiple current-conferences come together.

The topic of departing the conference first appeared at this past summer’s end of the year meetings at the end of May on the campus of St. Mary’s (Md.). Wesley and Marymount mentioned that it was a possibility that they would be moving elsewhere. For new CAC Commissioner Jeff Ligney, who started in his position this summer, it was a big surprise.

“It caught many of us, including myself, off-guard a little bit. We hadn’t really heard too much before that, that there was any really talk about schools leaving the conference,” Ligney said.

It was just a few months later in July that the two schools notified the conference of their decision to move to a new conference to-be-formed, citing that they thought the decision was best for their student-athletes.

According to Ligney, the two schools wanted to compete in a conference more aligned with their faith-based institutions. They were also concerned about the geographic blueprint of the CAC from their locations.

“It was just something that they thought would be best for their student-athletes. It was hard to argue against (their reasoning). We love having them as members,” Ligney said.

Another chapter in recent CAC realignment

With Marymount’s departure, only three charter members will be left in the CAC: University of Mary Washington, York College of Pennsylvania, and St. Mary’s. Since 2007, turbulence has hit the conference with Hood College, Stevenson University, Goucher College, Gallaudet University and the Catholic University of America all leaving.

“This is a movement seen all-across the country. Conference realignment is happening everywhere, and certainly this isn’t the first time the CAC has gone through this,” Ligney said.

Ligney points to colleges and universities consistently reevaluating the costs of their resources and what works best for their institutions.

Despite the previous realignment, the CAC found stability again since 2010 with the additions of Frostburg State in 2010 and then Christopher Newport University, Penn State University – Harrisburg and Southern Virginia in 2013. Now with the departure of two more schools, questions arise as to the future and stability of the CAC once again.

DiBartolo sees the conference post-2017/18 as promising. He notes that an eight-member conference is typical.

“That’s pretty average and pretty normal-sized for a Division III athletic conference,” DiBartolo said.

The eight institutions coming into the 2018-19 academic year are York, St. Mary’s, CNU, Frostburg St., Penn St. – Harrisburg, Southern Virginia, Mary Washington and Salisbury.

“We still have strong members. There are some efforts under way in terms of looking at perhaps identifying new members, looking at the possibility of new members,” DiBartolo said.


Salisbury University athletics has been very successful during their time in the CAC, winning national titles across many sports. Chris Mackowiak photo

One abnormality this does arise is the usual-balance of public and private institutions in the CAC. As of next year, only two of the eight remaining CAC schools are private institutions: Southern Virginia and York.

Possibilities seem bright for the CAC to add new members, especially after they added new members soon after losing them in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Via a report this past summer, Southern Virginia was also looking towards the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) as a potential destination geographically, but those thoughts were ended when Ferrum College was added by the ODAC instead.

As the highest-ranking athletics official at Salisbury University, DiBartolo is confident in the stability of the CAC and the loyalty of its members.

“The eight members that will remain in the conference after the 17/18 year are committed to the [CAC], and they want to do whatever they can and whatever we can to continue this fine athletic tradition of this conference,” DiBartolo said.

Alongside Salisbury University, the other seven members of the conference also confirmed their allegiance to the CAC during a meeting of the conference’s board of directors, who are each institution’s president, recently. With that confirmation from the remaining eight schools, Ligney does not have concerns for now about any other departures soon.

“Not as this time, I do not have any concerns about anyone else looking at their options to leave the conference,” Ligney said.

Future of the CAC and Salisbury University Athletics

As of now, the conference looks to brave the storm of realignment as they have in the last decade. To address concerns, Ligney put together a CAC membership committee to look over the recent issues.

“We have put a membership committee together to look at where we are at and we’re going to do going forward. We’re still in that process. We have not made any plans as of yet,” Ligney said.

The conference commissioner says that the committee will have a plan in place for the CAC over the next couple of months. DiBartolo also noted that all options are on the table, but the conference may be looking to add more members in the future.

For the Sea Gulls and their fans, the main concern is with Salisbury’s place in the whole equation. As one of those eight members, it is clear, at this point in time, that SU is sticking with the CAC as they have since 1993. Salisbury has enjoyed athletic and academic success in the conference, both at the local and national levels.

According to DiBartolo, one of the main factors that Salisbury enjoys in the CAC is the spread of the conference, allowing Salisbury to recruit well and compete across the Mid-Atlantic region.

“[The CAC] is kind of a mirror-image of the Division III membership group. It’s a combination of smaller and larger institutions. It’s a combination of public and private institutions,” DiBartolo said.

“We have a fairly wide geographic footprint, which allows institutions, like a Salisbury, to go out to the western part of the state and go up into Pennsylvania and compete and to go into Virginia and compete.”

All Salisbury athletics really knows of their national success has come as part of the CAC. It is one partnership that has overcome the ups-and-downs over the last few decades.

While it is preferable for Salisbury to stay in the CAC, the recent news of the departure of Wesley and Marymount displays that conference realignment is always alive and well. At least for now, do not worry fans, the CNU-Salisbury rivalry is not going anywhere.

“The competitiveness of the members of the conference, the success level of the many members within the conference, the comradery among the coaching staffs and the athletic directors and the presidents, are all things that make this a conference we want to stay in and a conference that is good for Salisbury,” DiBartolo said.

Both DiBartolo and Ligney spoke of the conference’s wide blueprint. The CAC still consists of both private and public institutions, a wide range of student populations, and a geographic footprint spanning from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

“Our presidents and [athletic directors] understand that that means that our student-athletes are getting a diverse experience when they go to these different places to play these teams. And we have kids from all over the country. That’s not always common in Division III conferences,” Ligney said.

The Flyer reached out to representatives from Wesley College and Marymount University. Wesley did not wish to comment on the situation. Marymount did not respond to requests for an interview.

Sea Gull players of the week: Sept. 4-10


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New to this fall season, The Flyer will be honoring two Salisbury University student athletes with the Sea Gull Players of the Week Award. Each Monday, following the packed weekends, the sports staff will release the top male and female athletes from the week that was. This is always up for debate and is a tough decision, so be sure to comment and reply with your thoughts as the fall season moves ahead.

Senior Blake Joppy (Football)

Receiving New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Special Team’s Player of the Week honors for his performance against William Paterson on Saturday, Joppy’s returns on kick and punt returns boosted the Salisbury offense by allowing them to work with great field position.

The senior returned the opening kickoff 59 yards to the Pioneers’ 30-yard line. Working with a short field, the Sea Gulls scored just three plays later.

Joppy nearly returned scored his first touchdown of the season, returning a punt 67 yards to the William Paterson 1-yard line. Senior Brady Curley punched it in on the next play for Salisbury.

Joppy’s returned three punts with an average of 36 yards per return. He also saw some time later on in the game at the slot back position due to an injury to start Ryan Kolb. Joppy was an important foundation for Salisbury’s 63-7 win over William Patterson with his strong field position gained in the first quarter especially.

Senior Tressie Windsor (Field Hockey)

The senior goalkeeper receives the Sea Gull Player of the Week Award for her performance against defending National Champion Messiah College on Saturday night.

Windsor has been a mainstay in net for the Sea Gulls throughout her career. The 2016 second team All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) performer holds a 35-7 career record while starting 40 career games for the maroon and gold.

Facing one of the top offenses in the country in Messiah, Windsor saved eight shots. The senior and the Salisbury defense stopped eight Falcon penalty corners and held Messiah forward Carissa Gehman scoreless.

Gehman had scored five goals in her previous two games. The senior finished second in Division III with 28 goals a season ago.

Windsor was quick to her spots throughout the game, making it difficult for the opposing offense to find rhythm in the game. A rarity in field hockey, two hard hit shots also hit the near-post for Messiah during the game.

“These are the kind of games that are fun,” Windsor said following Saturday’s matchup. “I’d rather get up to them first than give them to opportunity to shoot on me.”

Weekend Recap: SU athletics highs-and-lows on the road


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After a busy opening weekend that saw Salisbury University host three tournaments, this weekend was a much quieter affair as only field hockey and football played home.

Below, The Flyer recaps how each team fared this weekend.

Football: 63-7 win vs William Paterson

The Sea Gulls entered the win column for the first time this season, using an explosive rushing offense and stout defense to shut down the Pioneers. Check out the stadium recap to see how the game unfolded, key plays and which players stood out.

Field Hockey: 2-1 OT loss vs Messiah

Salisbury took on the defending National Champions Messiah in a nail-biter on Saturday, falling 2-1 in overtime. Click here to see how a young Sea Gull team nearly knocked off a Falcon’s team that has won 25-consecutive games.

Volleyball: 3-0 win vs Ursinus, 3-0 win vs William Peace, 3-0 win vs Pitt-Greensburg, 3-2 win vs Catholic (CUA Invitational)

Traveling to Washington D.C. for the Catholic University of America Invitational, the Sea Gulls took care of business, sweeping both days. Salisbury improved to a 7-1 record to start the season.

SU Head Coach Justin Turco became the third SU head coach to reach the 100-win plateau after the maroon and gold defeated William Peace in three sets. Turco, now in his fifth season at the helm, has recorded 20 or more victories in each of his past four seasons.

In what proved to be the most tightly contested matchup of the weekend, the Sea Gulls faced Catholic who, like Salisbury, won its first three games of the Invitational. SU won in five sets to close out a perfect weekend.

It took extra points for the maroon and gold to win each of their three sets. Junior outside hitter Nicole Venturelli led the team with a season-high 19 kills in the match and junior Carley Cleland and freshman Lacey Swartout provided double-digit kills.

Dropping only two sets in the Invitational, Salisbury has now won 21 of 27 sets played this season.

UP NEXT: SU travels to Aston, Pa. for the Knights Invitational hosted by Neumann University on Friday and Saturday.

Men’s Soccer: 1-0 loss vs Bridgewater (Va.), 1-0 loss vs Oglethorpe (Seahawk Classic)

The offensive struggles continued for the Sea Gulls as the team dropped both of its matchups in the Seahawk Classic hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The losses drop the team to a 1-4 record as conference season looms.

Salisbury took on Bridgewater on Saturday for their first matchup of the Classic. The story of the season has been the lack of offensive production, as SU failed to break through in the goal column.

The Sea Gulls created offensive chances, outshooting the Eagles 14-8, but only six shots went on target. The maroon and gold also failed to convert on six corner kicks.

Facing Oglethorpe on Sunday, SU failed to find the back of the net again, falling 1-0. The loss is now the fourth time this season the team failed to score a goal and each of the Sea Gulls’ five games have ended in a 1-0 score.

UP NEXT: With only three non-conference games left on the schedule, Salisbury will have a short road trip to face Washington College in the annual ‘Derby at the Shore’ on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Women’s Soccer: 1-0 loss vs Lynchburg, 3-0 loss vs Roanoke (Shellenberger Classic)

Coming off its first win of the season against Washington College, Salisbury travelled to Lynchburg, Va. to participate in the Shellenberger Classic. The Sea Gulls dropped both matchups, falling to 1-4 on the season.

Facing Lynchburg on Friday, SU faced a Hornets team that won its previous two matchups by two goals. Salisbury had difficulty establishing an offensive rhythm, posting only one shot throughout the game.

Lynchburg midfielder Sarah Hammock scored in the 59th minute, her third goal in three games. SU goalkeeper Hope Knussman saved two shots.

On Sunday, the Sea Gulls suffered its largest defeat of the season, falling to Roanoke 3-0. Unlike their previous matchup, Salisbury created chances on the offensive side, tallying 14 shots.

SU limited Roanoke to just five shots in the game, but surrendered three goals, including one just under three minutes into the game. The Sea Gulls have now been held scoreless in three of their five games this season.

UP NEXT: Salisbury faces Virginia Wesleyan in a road matchup on Wednesday at 7 p.m.