MLAX advances to second round of NCAA tournament with blowout win over Catholic

BY RICKY POLLITT
Sports Editor

@rickypollitt52

Coming off a heartbreaking loss in the CAC Championship game, the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team rebounded in the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 19-6 blowout over Catholic University.

Unlike the Sea Gulls’ (19-1) last three games, Salisbury’s offense got off to a fast start, putting up four goals on the board within the first eight minutes.

Salisbury lost junior attack Brady Dashiell to an injury in last week’s loss, putting pressure on fellow attack Nick Garbarino to make an impact near the crease.

Garbarino found the back of the net twice in the first quarter, putting two low shots past Cardinals’ (11-7) goalie Harrison Holak to give SU the early lead. [Read more…]

Benevolent bicyclist preps for 4k for Cancer: Angleberger to travel coast to coast Summer 2016

IMG_0452BY BRIANNA TIEDEMAN
Advisor

Cancer does not have a face until it becomes yours or a familiar one.
This summer, Salisbury University senior Neal Angleberger will positively share the faces of cancer survivors, lost souls, and impacted family members, all affected by a growing disease.
Student summers are often spent driving a cash flow or soaking up the sun at the beach, but Angleberger’s sun will come from biking 4,000 miles across the country.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will host Angleberger and his team of 23 riders, just as they have for 14 years prior. The summer of 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the 4K for Cancer ride, all proceeds and efforts forwarded to young adults fighting cancer in any capacity.
“We are riding for any young adults impacted by cancer, whether they had it, a family member did, or a friend,” Angleberger said.
Angleberger departs from the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD on June 5. San Diego, CA will greet him and his “Fam Diego” group chat members on August 13, 70 days and approximately 4,200 miles later. [Read more…]

Coaches Corner: Margie Knight

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BY JAMIR WILSON
Staff Writer

In many eyes, Margie Knight is a legend in Salisbury University athletic history.
Knight was a three-sport athlete during her time at Salisbury, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. In 1995, she was inducted to the Salisbury Athletic Hall of Fame putting the final mark on her playing career.
“I really enjoyed the four years that I was here,” Knight said. “It was a great experience. The professors were awesome the classes were small so you would know everyone.”
The Catonsville native knew instantly that she wanted to be a coach once her playing career was over.
She spent 13 years at North Caroline High School as a teacher and volleyball and softball coach. She saw major successes with both sports winning the state championship in softball in 1988 and 1991, and a state title for volleyball in 1990.
Coaching softball and volleyball became a reality for Knight at her alma mater when she was hired in 1997, and since her hiring, the Sea Gulls have seen much success with Knight at the helm. [Read more…]

Editor’s Note: The future is bright for SU athletics

thumbnail_StadiumBY RICKY POLLITT
Sports Editor
@rickypollitt52

Eight NCAA tournament appearances, six Capital Athletic Conference Championships, two National Championships (so far) and one new Sea Gull Stadium.
Once again, Salisbury University athletics represented SU as a powerhouse in collegiate sports. With a number of team and individual accolades, the 2015-16 season has proved why they are some of the best in Division III.
Throughout my four years at Salisbury, I’ve seen some of the best Sea Gull athletes of all time take the field fighting for a championship.
From wide receiver Isaiah Taylor hauling in a one-handed catch to help secure the football team’s conference title in 2015, to men’s lacrosse defender Knute Kraus shutting down opposing offenses and leading his team to the national title game in 2014, it’s easy to see SU is a breeding ground for D3 stars.
Although Salisbury is an “academics first” university, it is important to acknowledge the impact athletics has on the student body. [Read more…]

Men’s lacrosse loses first game of season in CAC final

BY MARK DAVIS

Staff Writer

The No. 1 ranked Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team is undefeated no more after falling at home to No.2 ranked York College in the CAC championship game.

It was a physical matchup between the two teams in their second meeting of the season. The first meeting the Sea Gulls won 17-5 over the Spartans making the championship game seem all but won already for SU.

The stage was set, and the Sea Gulls began the game winning the first face off with strong play from freshman midfielder T.J. Logue. Salisbury took the ball down the field for a shot, but it was eventually blocked by York goalie, Caleb Abney.

After a Spartans clear, they would go on to score the first goal of the game. The Spartans’ lead scorer, Andrew Gamble put a low shot past SU goalie Colin Reymann to give York the early lead.

The Gulls allowed two more goals, before finally finding life in their offense.

Junior attack Nathan Blondino would give SU their first goal after the drought marking his 42nd of the season. Salisbury would go on to lose the faceoff but step of defensively to score from a Spartans turnover. [Read more…]

Women’s lax wins CAC championship; advances to NCAA tournament

BY RICKY POLLITT

Sports Editor

Salisbury University’s women’s lacrosse team is going back to the big show.

With a 12-5 victory over St. Mary’s College in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game, the Gulls clinched a spot into the NCAA tournament for the 14th straight season.

The win marked a perfect conference record for Salisbury, including the regular season and playoffs.

After failing to reach the national championship game in 2015 for the first time in four seasons, the Sea Gulls (16-2) are determined to get back to the big game and bring home the ultimate prize.

“It’s a great feeling,” Sea Gulls head coach Jim Nestor said. “Now it’s a one-and-done season, we can’t take anything for granted and we’ve got to continue to strive to get better.”

St. Mary’s (16-3) found the back of the net first, when senior midfielder Tori Poffenberger took a low shot on SU goalie Gianna Falcone giving the Seahawks the early lead.

Despite the early momentum for St. Mary’s, the Sea Gulls went on a 7-0 run, going into the half with a six-goal lead. [Read more…]

Podcast: Ravens, Redskins NFL draft needs

In what is certainly our first podcast in a long time, if not our first, our Editor-in-Chief Jacob Troxell and Sports Editor Ricky Pollitt discuss what the Ravens and Redskins, the two most followed teams on the Lower Eastern Shore, need in the upcoming NFL draft.

Baseball: Sea Gulls crush Mustangs behind Hrycak’s big day

RICKY POLLITT

Sports Editor

Fresh off a Capital Athletic Conference championship, the Salisbury University baseball team dominated the Stevenson Mustangs 19-7 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Gulls (25-10) combined for 16 hits, 17 RBIs and three homeruns in the blowout, while shutting out the Mustangs (17-20) in six innings.

“Offensively we’ve been swinging the entire year, we had some guys step up today that haven’t been swinging it very well, and they really stepped up and drove in some runs today,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Troy Brohawn said.

Both teams started slow failing to find the scoreboard in the first inning, but a three-RBI homerun from Stevenson’s Ian Eberly gave the Mustangs the early advantage in the top of the second. [Read more…]

SU softball advances to CAC Championship

BY RICKY POLLITT

Sports Editor

@rickypollitt52

The Salisbury and Christopher Newport rivalry has become one of the most intense showdowns in all of Division III over the past several years.

No matter the sport, the Sea Gulls and Captains are almost guaranteed to put on a good game, and that was once again the case at the SU softball field on Friday morning.

Competing for the right to go to the Capital Athletic Conference championship, Salisbury (33-4) took down CNU (33-6) after a six-run fifth inning to defeat the Captains 7-3.

Senior Molly Simpson led the way for the Gulls, notching her 14th homerun of the season in the bottom of the third – the most by any player in D3.

“I just stand in there and get ready to hit the ball, and somehow it just ends up going over,” Simpson said.

The Captains got on the board first after senior outfielder Meagan Jones stole three bases to make it 1-0 in the second inning.

After going down two outs in the third, Salisbury answered with Simpson’s homerun.

Both squads were held scoreless in the fourth inning, with strong pitching from SU’s Annah Brittingham and CNU’s Hannah Marshall. Entering the fifth, neither had allowed more than two hits and had combined for seven strikeouts. [Read more…]

Tunnel Tradition Comes to an End for SU Men’s Lacrosse

BY RICKY POLLITT
Sports Editor
@rickypollitt52

All good things must come to an end.
On Saturday, the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team closed the book on a 21-year pregame tradition – the tunnel walk.
Before the new Sea Gull Stadium, players would make the walk from the locker rooms in Maggs to the stadium before games kicked off.
What started as a simple five minute walk turned into a famous tradition celebrated by fans, parents, players and alumni. [Read more…]

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