Underneath the Feathers: men’s soccer player Fr. Midfielder Dolph Hegewisch


Sports Editor


#15 Dolph Hegewisch
Freshman Midfielder for Salisbury Men’s Soccer
Hometown: Crofton, MD

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Hegewisch leads a talented freshman class onto the field this season. He leads the team in both goals and points. Allison Wells image

What are your majors/minors?

What made you want to play soccer at Salisbury?
“I wanted to play for a program where everyone cares about each other, and a family atmosphere amongst the team.”

What has been your favorite moment as part of SU men’s soccer while here at Salisbury, and why?
“Scoring the winning goal in the Washington College game was definitely my favorite moment because it was the first game that I had the opportunity to start for Salisbury and to score a winning goal that early really meant a lot.”

You’re listed as a midfielder, but have you always played that position? What do you enjoy about your part on the field?
“I have always played as an Attacking Midfielder, but I’m definitely a type of player that likes to get forward and score goals in creative ways. So far, the role that I have been given by Coach Hargrove is challenging, but it’s one that I cherish, he has confidence in me, and I give him that same confidence back. He tells me to go out there to lead the guys, and score goals, I love it.”

What are your goals both individually and as a team for this season?
“Individually I want to keep scoring goals to help the team win games. In terms of the team, we want to win another CAC championship, and we have our goal to make it to the NCAA tournament to make a run for it all.”

As a freshman, what are you looking forward to learn or improve on during your first season?
“I am looking forward to continue gaining experience from the older guys like Brad Martinelli, Leslie Umunna, and Kevin Miller while also learning to become a better leader myself from those guys.”

What is your favorite part of Salisbury University Athletics or your team-environment here at SU?
“I like how everything that the team does off the field is always together. The team environment here at SU is very close knit. They are like my second family.”

What is your favorite part of campus life at Salisbury, and why?
“I enjoy living in the dorms and meeting new people. All the different athletic teams are very close and I like going to support them and having them support us.”

What are your hobbies and interests off the field?
“Other than soccer, I also have a strong interest in playing golf.”

Where is your favorite place to go for a meal or snack on or off-campus? Favorite food?
“My favorite place to go for a meal is Chick-Fil-A, and my favorite food is Mexican.”

Is there something unique about you that many SU soccer fans don’t know?
“Many people don’t know that I am a scratch golfer. I competitively compete in tournaments during soccer off season.”

Special guests come out at this week’s SU Coaches Luncheon

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor


The Salisbury University Maroon and Gold Club held their weekly Coaches Luncheon Thursday, but this week, SU head football coach Sherman Wood welcomed in several special guests.

Salisbury University President Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach joined the event to say a few kind words about SU Athletics, while also participating in a presentation. In a flashback to the first week of the football season, Dudley-Eshbach unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening touchdown at the brand new Sea Gull Stadium on Sept. 2.

In attendance alongside Wood was the student-athlete responsible for the touchdown: sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland. In the opening game of the 2016 season, Rowland returned the opening kickoff against Albright College 92 yards for a touchdown. His kick return average alongside the score provided Rowland with the title of New Jersey Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

“That night is still a blur. I was just too excited,” Rowland said.

“I’m honestly humbled and thankful for that. That play meant so much more to everyone else because to me, I was just playing the game. Trying to do my very best. To everyone, it means so much for the stadium, the fans, the alumni that came out. I’m just thankful,” he continued.

Dudley-Eshbach presented the plaque to Rowland while also talking about the future expansions of the outdoor facilities for SU Athletics. Other than the nearly completed SU Softball Field and the soon-to-be-implemented upgrades of the baseball field and SU Soccer Complex, Dudley-Eshbach mentioned that Salisbury will soon have among the best if not the best outdoor facilities in all of Division III.

The SU President followed the statement by stating that plans and efforts are being made behind the scenes for a new field house in the future to replace the older Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Before Wood took the podium, SU softball head coach Margie Knight came to speak in another award presentation. Knight thanked Dudley-Eshbach for her support of SU Athletics alongside the planning and construction of the new SU Softball Field. Knight recounted a behind-the-scenes meeting with Dudley-Eshbach in which the softball coach said that the new stadium would be among the best in Division III.

“I was wrong. It’s gonna be the best in Division III,” Knight said, changing her mind after seeing the recent construction.

“I’m so excited to have the stadium. Even if it’s going to be for one season, I’m so excited to be playing on it,” senior softball outfielder Caitlin Lake said.


SU Softball senior outfielder Caitlin Lake. Salisbury University Sports Info. image

Lake joined her coach at the luncheon to accept her own award. The now-SU centerfielder won a spot on the Division III Academic All-American team. This is the first time this has occurred for Knight and the SU softball program. The award is a testament to Knight and the other coaches across SU Athletics as they support their athletes both academically and on the field.

“It’s not easy [to balance academics and softball]. I’m an education major and a lot of people think that being an education major is easy. I have a 3.96 GPA. It’s not as easy as everyone thinks. I have a job on campus. I have classes all the time. I’m a dual major. I go to practices with my friends. Having all of them with me and knowing that they all have my back and that I have their support really means a lot to me,” Lake said.

With her parents by her side, having travelled south from New Jersey for the event, Lake accepted the recognition for her accomplishment from Dudley-Eshbach and Knight.

Next, it became time for Wood to go through the typical proceedings.

After he fielded questions from local elementary school students and went through game highlights from the team’s 36-14 win over Kean University, Wood provided updates on his team headed into their road contest at Christopher Newport University (CNU) on Saturday.

Wood relayed that senior quarterback Ryan Jones is ready for the matchup. Jones left the Kean game early with an injury which Wood said was a “minor hip flexor.”

Also, junior punter Tim Steindl continues to be a ‘game-time decision’ as the starter recovers from a hip flexor injury that he suffered a few weeks ago in warmups at Rowan University. Wood told the audience that Steindl is “feeling much better.”

Overall, Coach Wood emphasized that the team is excited for the challenge presented at CNU this weekend. Salisbury will be heading to Newport News, Va. for Homecoming Weekend, something that will surely drive up the intensity of the game.

For Wood, the game takes on a personal element since he is a native of nearby Norfolk, Va.

“It’s not just Christopher Newport. I have family there. I even have friends who decided not to attend their own college homecoming to come to the Christopher Newport game,” Wood said, when asked about the rivalry by an elementary school student.

“This is a big game for us for many many reasons. Not just being first place in the conference, we want to maintain that. It is an emotional time. My mother is still there, my aunt who raised me. It’s emotional for me,” Wood said.

Surely Wood’s family and friends will be squawking for the Sea Gulls on Saturday with NJAC title implications on the line. The SU football team looks to take each challenge in stride for the remainder of the season as they defend their 2015 NJAC championship.

“We’ve had so many injuries. We’re all gonna play. Ryan Jones is gonna play. Hopefully, Tim will play. We have players that want to play. They may miss a day of practice or two, or play through it when they’re not supposed to. We’re trying to win. We’re gonna come out aggressive like it’s our Homecoming,” Rowland said.

Women’s soccer: SU’s offense finds life headed into CAC playoffs after 5-1 win

By Lucas McCoy

Staff Writer


After two weeks of play with nothing to show in the win column, the Salisbury University women’s soccer team finished their regular season on a high note Wednesday afternoon. In their last home game of the season, the Sea Gulls defeated the Wesley College Wolverines 5-1.

Salisbury (5-7-4, 4-4-1 Capital Athletic Conference) came into the game playing very up-tempo resulting in three first-half goals, two of which were scored by sophomore forward Jenna Taylor in the first 20 minutes of play. Taylor’s aggressive play provided a spark for her team offensively that matched the energy that the team displayed on the field.

“We had a really competitive practice yesterday so I think I had that mindset that I just wanted to win no matter what,” Taylor explained after her two goal performance.

“This being our last home game, I just wanted to win.  Obviously, the more goals the better, and I think that puts us at a higher rank [for the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament]. Coming off this win, I think our confidence will build going into the playoffs,” Taylor continued.

Just before halftime, senior defender Lindsey Andonian scored her second goal of the season off of a tight pass through the box by senior midfielder Lauren Minghenelli. The three first-half goals were a season-high for the Sea Gulls, and they continued with similar success at the beginning of the second half.

“The last two days we were looking to be a bit more aggressive with our training in creating the methodology of how we want to score, and today we were able to execute that,” SU head coach Kwame Lloyd said. “I like the versatility of our players, because even some players that were in different roles in training the last few days executed flawlessly at times.”

The second half was not as fast paced as the first, but that still did not stop the Sea Gulls from scoring. Minghenelli scored her first goal of the season at the 56-minute mark of the game on a powerful and precise shot from about 30 yards out, perfectly hitting the upper 90 of the goal.

“I think everyone came in with the right mindset today that we needed to score goals, and we need that going into playoffs,” Minghenelli said.

“Coach [Kwame Lloyd] told me that my shot was coming and that he’s seen me shoot from far out before so it’s going to come, and I kind of just had that mentality that I wanted to get one and it just came.  This win is huge for us, and now that we have it under our belt hopefully we can go into playoffs and take care of business,” Minghenelli continued.

Junior forward Ellen Anderson was in on the action scoring her second goal of the season 77 minutes in after volleying it off of a bounce from a pass sent through the box by freshman forward Megan Brady.

It was a season-high for goals in a single game by the Salisbury University women’s soccer team, and this win could be the confidence booster they need offensively going into the CAC Tournament this weekend.

“You always want to end your season on a positive note going into playoffs, so the ability to score goals in the fashion we did gives us confidence,” Lloyd said.  “We don’t know who we are going to play yet, but we are confident that whoever it might be, we’ll have a good chance against them.”

After results came in Wednesday night from across the conference, the Sea Gulls discovered that they will be traveling to St. Mary’s College of Maryland for their first round CAC Tournament match-up on Saturday, Oct. 29. St. Mary’s (9-6-1, 6-2-1 CAC) finished the regular season in a tie for third place in the conference with Mary Washington, but the Seahawks were awarded the third seed after tiebreakers.

The Sea Gulls claimed the sixth seed in the tournament after their win alongside a loss by seventh place Penn State Harrisburg Tuesday night. Salisbury fell to St. Mary’s 2-0 in their match earlier this season which was played at the SU Soccer Complex.

Football’s Kolb and field hockey’s Windsor named to conference awards

By Jacob Stolle

Staff Writer


Several Salisbury University teams acquired big wins this past week in the final stretch of the regular season prior to the conference playoffs. Within these big wins were Sea Gulls that shined individually for their respective teams. For two Sea Gulls, their roles in team victories garnered them conference awards at the week’s end.

For the field hockey team, junior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor was awarded Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. On the football team, junior slot back Ryan Kolb was named New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) offensive player of the week.

SU field hockey sophomore goalkeeper Tressie Windsor

Windsor began her strong week last Wednesday, Oct. 19 when the Sea Gulls hosted the Christopher Newport University (CNU) Captains. In Salisbury’s first overtime matchup of the season, Windsor recorded two key saves against three CNU shots on goal. Alongside phenomenal defensive play from her teammates, Windsor helped secure a tight Sea Gull victory.

In her following game on Saturday, Oct. 22, Windsor notched another victory in addition to a strong team defensive performance against the St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The Sea Gulls’ defense shut out the Seahawks, en route to a 4-0 conference road victory. This marked the seventh shutout of the season for Salisbury and the fifth one credited to Windsor.

Through the two games, Windsor was required to make only three total saves, as the Salisbury defense only allowed four total shots on goal. Salisbury’s defensive efficiency has helped Windsor put together the award-rendering season she has possessed in 2016.

Even outside of the goalie position, the Salisbury defense has been consistent all season, only allowing an average of 3.2 shots on goal per game, which is the best in the CAC.

Windsor will next take the field to lead the Salisbury defense into their final regular season match-up against Wesley College on Oct. 26.

SU football junior slot back Ryan Kolb

On Oct. 22, the Salisbury University football team hosted the Kean University Cougars looking to avoid a letdown performance after notching a 77-19 win on the road against William Patterson. The Sea Gulls kept their success going by jumping out to a 23-point lead midway into the third quarter.

This performance was highlighted by a career day for Kolb, who had a career high 184 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. This was Kolb’s second 100-yard game of the season, as Kolb’s 577 rushing yards is currently second on the team behind senior super back Connor Canonico’s 589.

Kolb led the Sea Gulls’ rushing attack which totaled 457 yards in the game on only 55 rushing attempts. The 8.3 yards per carry is the highest mark on the season for the Salisbury offense, which boasts the second highest rushing yards per game average in the nation with 404.9 yards per game.

The Salisbury offense will continue creating rushing opportunities for Kolb and the rest of the offense when they take on Christopher Newport University on Saturday, Oct. 29. CNU possesses the second best rushing defense in the NJAC this season.

Volleyball: SU continues top-CAC play with straight sets win over Wesley

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor


The Salisbury University women’s volleyball team opened up their three-game home stand with a win over Wesley College in straight sets Tuesday night. The Sea Gulls continued their fresh form in preparation for the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament next week.

Salisbury began the first set with a rough start. A lack of energy and pace from the Wolverines threw off the Sea Gulls with early back and forth play between the teams.

“We have to focus on our team and our energy. It’s hard for us to build our own energy when the opposing team isn’t giving us much back,” Salisbury sophomore outside hitter Nicole Venturelli said. “It was a quiet game initially.”


SU began a three match final home stand with 3-0 win over Wesley. Sophie Wilson image

Wesley fought on the road to an early 8-6 lead over the home team. It was not until later on in the first set that the Wolverines’ lack of experience and depth showed on the court.

Multiple service and attack errors by Wesley allowed Salisbury to take control with a quick turnaround into a 12-8 SU lead. Salisbury senior outside hitter Katie Stouffer was able to get going as the match went on, leading Salisbury to a 25-15 win in the first set.

Stouffer finished the set with six kills, while senior defensive specialist Shannon Russell kept the game alive with five digs. The team finished with only two errors and a 0.481 hitting percentage in the first set.

The second set was more even and contested by both teams. With four errors on both sides in the set, the teams began playing into each other’s hands. Venturelli’s key points in the wide areas of the court seemed to turn the tide at times.

“It was about finding open spots. [Wesley] was really late getting to the pins. Our setters just pushed it out there, and I was able to get there,” Venturelli said. She finished with 11 kills on the night.

A three point stretch for Salisbury at the end of the set provided them with a 25-19 win to go up 2-0 in the match. Wesley tallied their best hitting percentage of the night at .174 in the second set.

“We were pretty sound in getting to position and then making moves so that the ball was hit right at us,” SU head coach Justin Turco said. “It’s just being scrappy and playing hard every night.”

Finally, the Sea Gulls went into the final set with most of the momentum on their side. Salisbury started out up 6-1, but the Wolverines were able to fight back into the match. Wesley forced a 9-8 game in their favor. A few hits would go the way of the Sea Gulls when sophomore middle hitter Gianna Savarese went into action at the net to seal a Sea Gulls’ sweep.

An 8-3 Salisbury run propelled the team back into the lead to finish off the Wolverines with a 25-17 result.


Senior outside hitter Katie Stouffer leaps up to make a kill on the far side. She finished with a team-leading 14 kills against Wesley. Sophie Wilson image

Leading the way on offense was Stouffer with 14 kills on the night. The Salisbury outside hitter now moves to only 42 kills away from tying former Sea Gull Stacey Krebs (’08) for the program’s all-time kills record. Krebs tallied 1,734 kills at Salisbury.

Russell accumulated 10 digs, while senior defensive specialist Gina Fischetti added in six. Freshman setter Rachel Dubbs with 27 assists was key in preparing Stouffer and Venturelli for their strong performances.

Wesley junior outside hitter Tionne Graves-Brown recorded seven kills to lead the Wolverines on the offensive side, but she also committed six errors which marked the night for Wesley.

The Sea Gulls will next head into their final two regular season matches at the end of the week. Salisbury will face Southern Virginia (6-14, 2-5) on Friday and then Frostburg State (11-17, 1-6 CAC) on Saturday. In the battle for conference playoff position, Salisbury is currently in second place tied with Marymount (20-6, 6-1 CAC), but the Sea Gulls hold the tie breaker over the Saints. Both teams are one game behind Mary Washington (25-2, 7-0 CAC).

“We just want to win the next game ahead of us. We’ll worry about Saturday Friday night after the match,” Turco said.

Underneath the Feathers: Football player Connor Canonico


Sports Editor



#45 Connor Canonico

Salisbury Football

Senior, Super Back


What are your majors/minors?

Major: Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution

Minor: Math


What made you want to play football/come to Salisbury?

“The success of the football program, the high academics, and the location of the school. I wanted to go to school outside of from New Jersey, my home state.”


What has been your favorite moment as part of SU football while here at Salisbury, and why?

“My favorite moment while playing football here is when we beat Wesley on their home field when they were ranked in the top 5 nationally. That was our first victory over them in over ten years, and it was an amazing feeling.”


Is there any particular reason you play as a super back? Have you always been at the position?

“I originally came to Salisbury to play tight end, but in the spring of my freshmen year, due to injuries and people graduating, I was moved over to super back and have been there ever since.”


What are your goals both individually and as a team for this season?

“Individually, I would like to finish my final season of football healthy and with more yards than I had last season. As a team, I would like to win the NJAC and make a run in the playoffs.”


What is your dream during your senior season here at SU, and why?

“My dream is to win out the conference, get my second championship ring, and be able to compete for the National Championship.”


What is your favorite amenity of the new Sea Gull Stadium, and what was your initial reaction your first time inside?

“My favorite thing about the stadium is the location. I enjoy being able to hangout in the amazing locker room with the guys before practice and not have to worry about a long walk from campus to the field in full gear. When I first saw the locker room, I was amazed by the size of the lockers, I felt like I was part of a big D1 program.”


What is your favorite part of campus life at Salisbury, and why?

“My favorite part about campus life is eating at Commons with the team. We always have a good time together and there is never a dull moment.”


What are your hobbies and interests off the gridiron?

“Off of the field I spend most of my time watching TV or playing video games. It allows you to relax and not be so stressed about school and football.”


Where is your favorite place to go for a meal or snack on or off-campus? Favorite food?

“My favorite place to go for a meal would have to be Chipotle. I always have it as a pregame meal the night before a game. Overall, my favorite food would have to be buffalo wings though.”

WSOC Preview: Salisbury looks to clinch CAC playoff spot against Wesley

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor


What: Salisbury women’s soccer hosts Wesley College

When: Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3pm

Where: SU Soccer Complex

How to watch: Online via the Sea Gull Sports Network at http://www.suseagulls.com/

It will come down to the final match for Salisbury (4-7-4, 3-4-1) to find out if they make it into the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament. Their final positioning can only be, at this point, sixth or seventh place. Only the teams that finish first through sixth place move on. A win Wednesday afternoon clinches a playoff berth for Salisbury. It is as simple as “win and you’re in.”

That is the simple problem. Salisbury has not been winning much lately. The team is winless in their last three games (0-2-1). A benefit headed into this final match is that they are facing one of the lower teams in the conference: the Wesley Wolverines (4-10-1, 0-8). Despite Wesley having won no matches in conference, there would be nothing sweeter for the Wolverines than to spoil Salisbury’s party in this Route 13 rivalry.

Salisbury University Sea Gulls (4-7-4, 3-4-1 CAC; currently sixth in CAC)


After an up-and-down season for the Sea Gulls, a win on Wednesday will clinch them a spot in the CAC playoff race. Kaitlin Poling image

The Sea Gulls have plenty of options to make it into the conference playoffs with help from Penn State Harrisburg’s results during their Tuesday match, but Salisbury can still control their own destiny with a win on Wednesday. The injury spell for the team has quieted recently, allowing for a healthy squad to head into the match.

Senior midfielder Jayne Pinsky has returned to the field for the last few games following a prolonged head injury. She is a key leader in the midfield, a section that has been the real trouble for the team.

Salisbury runs a formation that is keen on great chemistry in the midfield. While it is given different titles, the team holds three consistent defenders in the back with a diamond formation making up the midfield. Wingers and forwards will roam the sidelines from full back positions to up top. Nobody really knows who will take up the fourth defensive spot in the backline each game.

In Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake made this “diamond” formation famous. The key is to have midfielders that fit the roles perfectly because it takes great chemistry to be successful with it. Senior midfielder Lauren Mingenelli has been strong in the bottom of the “diamond,” keeping the ball out of the defense in last-second situations.

With Pinsky back, the defense is looking a lot better with the two key seniors in there. However, the offense is the problem at this point.

The best strategy has been to launch the ball up to junior forward Ruthie Lucas who is the engine of the offense. Senior forward Lindsey Andonian has also seen lots of time up top despite being listed as a defender.

What Salisbury has lacked is the ability to hold the ball up in the corners. The speed of Andonian is there to move the ball downfield into the corner for a cross. However, the defense and midfield seem more focused on getting the ball into the central attacking area with Lucas. The problem is that Lucas is not a distributor, she’s a speedster as a forward. To explain it, take a look at SU men’s soccer senior forward Leslie Umunna.

While Lucas is also physical in her play, her skill set as a forward is more dictated towards using her speed to bypass defenders. Although Umunna also possesses speed, his physicality and bulk make him perfect for distributing to wingers and holding up the ball.

Salisbury just does not play a formation that fits their roster and players. It is something to work on in the offseason. If Salisbury cannot find goals against a Wesley defense that gives up 2.56 a game, it is hard to imagine the team ever scoring again.

At least if Salisbury is not scoring, they have junior center back Rachel Anderson and junior goalkeeper Hope Knussman at the end of the day to bunker in.

Wesley College Wolverines (4-10-1, 0-8 CAC; currently last in CAC)


Salisbury’s offense will look to expose the Wesley defense on Wednesday. The Sea Gulls have only scored one in their last three matches. Kaitlin Poling image

Despite the lack of offense in CAC play and the second-to-last defense in the conference, Wesley does sport one of the top offensive play makers in the conference. If there is one name to know headed into the match, it is freshman forward Aleya Cummings.

Cummings leads the CAC in goals with 14 and is second in the conference in points with 29. Ruthie Lucas is the motor behind the Salisbury offense, but Cummings takes it to a new level with Wesley.

The entire mission for Wesley is to get the ball to Cummings up top in order to score goals. Overall, the roster is very young and limited. In the next few years, Wesley will be contending in the CAC, but for now they are winless in conference.

The struggles have come from their one-dimensional efforts with only one scorer. If an opposing team double-teams Cummings and shuts her down for the day, there really is no one else there to step up.

Salisbury will key in on her with Anderson, one of the most physical defenders in the conference. It may come down to what production Wesley can get out of sophomore midfielder Janiah Moore, who has scored six times along with tallying three assists this season.

Wesley comes into Salisbury with nothing really to play for, so they can lay it all on the line against a Sea Gulls team that is under a ton of pressure. The Wolverines have their own offensive trouble, especially on the road. The team averages 0.9 fewer goals per game on the road as compared to playing at home alongside a (-10) goal differential in only five true road contests.

On defense, their best asset is in the net. Senior goalkeeper Sam Brannigan acts as a wall behind a porous defense that gives up over two goals per game. Despite letting in 29 goals this season, the senior is first in the CAC in saves with 117. That number is 54 more than Salisbury’s Knussman with 63 saves on the season.

While Brannigan has put a lot of work in behind a questionable defense, she is the main obstacle for the Salisbury offense to get back some confidence on Wednesday. While the Sea Gulls will be focused on just attaining a win, the match provides a great opportunity for Salisbury to gain momentum headed into a potential first round playoff match.

To recap, here are the scenarios for Salisbury to advance into the CAC playoffs:

1) Salisbury wins against Wesley on Wednesday

2) Penn State Harrisburg draws or loses to Mary Washington on Tuesday

Stay with The Flyer for post-match coverage on Wednesday along with a recap of the action.

The final stand: Breaking down the CAC and NJAC playoff/title scenarios

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor


Next week is the final round of regular season action for multiple teams at Salisbury University. There are plenty of confusing conference playoff scenarios to run through.

Each Salisbury team’s playoff chances are broken down below alongside the results to watch for during the upcoming week. Make sure to stay with https://thesuflyer.com/ for the latest recaps and previews headed into conference and NCAA playoff action.

No. 2 Field Hockey (13-1, 5-0; first in CAC)


Salisbury celebrates a goal in their 2-1 OT win over CNU Wednesday night. Valeria Hirsch image

The Sea Gulls came into Saturday looking to lock up both the Capital Athletic Conference regular season title and home-field advantage in the conference playoffs. Salisbury did that through a 4-0 win over St. Mary’s College of Maryland (4-11, 2-4).

The closest team to Salisbury in the standings is the University of Mary Washington (11-4, 4-1) which the Sea Gulls defeated 6-1 on Homecoming back on Oct. 1. Despite the Eagles’ 8-0 win over Wesley on Saturday, the team cannot catch the Sea Gulls for the No. 1 conference spot due to Salisbury possessing the tiebreaker over Mary Washington.

While Salisbury will still travel to Wesley (5-14, 1-4) on Wednesday, Oct. 26, the game takes on less meaning for the Sea Gulls since even a loss will allow them to hold the No. 1 CAC seed in the postseason.

Salisbury still looks to contend for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament after moving up to the No. 2 spot in the nation last week. The team at the No. 1 spot currently in the nation is Messiah College, the only team to defeat Salisbury this season.

After their game against Wesley on Wednesday, the Sea Gulls will get to rest until Wednesday, Nov. 2 when they host the CAC tournament semifinal. Their opponent with will the victor of the first round match-up between the fourth and fifth seed squads.

No. 19/22 Football (6-1, 4-1; tied first in NJAC)


Salisbury opened the season with a win over Albright College on Sept. 2. Megan Findle image

The New Jersey Athletic Conference came into Saturday with five teams tied for first place with a 4-1 record. No. 21 Rowan, Christopher Newport, Frostburg State, and Wesley all were in action against each other on Saturday, while the No. 22 Sea Gulls welcomed Kean (3-3, 2-3) into Sea Gull Stadium.

After the contests concluded, Wesley took down Rowan on the road 24-17. Christopher Newport made the long journey west to Frostburg only to fall 17-6. Salisbury came out victorious over the Cougars with a 34-16 result.

With the results in the book, Wesley, Frostburg State, and Salisbury all move up to a 5-1 conference record in a tie for first place in the NJAC. Since Wesley took down Rowan, the Sea Gulls control their own destiny because they will not face Wesley or Frostburg State until the final two weekends of the regular season. Wesley holds the tiebreaker against Frostburg State after their 43-7 win over the Bobcats on Sept. 10.

The Sea Gulls must win out in their last three games (at CNU, vs. Wesley, at FSU) to take home their second straight NJAC title. Their next game is Saturday, Oct. 29 at Christopher Newport, who will be looking to play spoiler following their loss this week.

Men’s Soccer (6-8-1, 3-5; seventh place in CAC)


Freshman midfielder Matthew Hawkins takes on a CNU defender in Salisbury’s 2-1 loss to the Captains last week. Valeria Hirsch image

A tough season continued Saturday for the Salisbury men’s soccer team. The Sea Gulls needed wins in their last two matches (at York, at Wesley) to lock up a CAC playoff spot. The team will need help from outside forces to make the playoffs at this point after a 3-1 loss at York (PA) with the Spartans scoring all three of their goals in the second half.

SU did get help from Marymount (4-10-2, 2-6) on Saturday when the Saints defeated Frostburg State (7-9-1, 3-4-1) 2-1 on the road. Frostburg St. is currently in sixth place with 10 points, and they are the only team keeping SU out of the playoffs.

Essentially, it will all come down to Tuesday and Wednesday to determine if the Sea Gulls make it into the CAC tournament. Salisbury with nine points is one behind Frostburg State, but the Sea Gulls do hold the tie breaker if the two teams end tied in points.

In their final match, Salisbury must win or draw with Wesley Tuesday afternoon. If the Sea Gulls win, then they must hope for Frostburg to either draw or lose when they travel to Southern Virginia (3-13, 1-7) on Wednesday. If Salisbury draws against Wesley, then Frostburg will need to lose to Southern Virginia for SU to make it into the CAC playoffs.

If Salisbury loses on the road Tuesday, then SU is out of playoff contention in the CAC.

Women’s Soccer (4-7-4, 3-4-1; sixth place in CAC)


Senior defender Lindsey Andonian keeps a Southern Virginia player away from the ball in Salisbury’s 1-0 win earlier this season. Megan Findle image

Salisbury women’s soccer came into Saturday holding the fifth playoff spot. The large task is to end the regular season playing well enough to stave off sixth place York College (6-9-1, 4-4) and seventh place Penn State Harrisburg (6-11, 3-5).

For their final road contest of the season, the Sea Gulls travelled to York where Salisbury fell 1-0 in a defensive matchup. The win moves York up into sole possession of fifth place in the CAC with 12 points. The Sea Gulls are right behind the Spartans with 10 points headed into the final round of matches on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Penn State Harrisburg fell to CNU at home 1-0 on Saturday which left the Lions in seventh place with 9 points in the standings. Earlier this season, the Lions defeated York 2-1 on the road, so they hold the tie breaker if the teams end tied in the standings.

Salisbury’s final regular season contest will be against Wesley (4-10-1, 0-8) on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the SU Soccer Complex. The Sea Gulls clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Wolverines. A loss or draw for Salisbury keeps hope alive for Penn State Harrisburg to jump the Sea Gulls and knock them out of CAC playoff contention.

Penn State Harrisburg ends their season with an away match against Mary Washington (9-5-2, 5-2-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 25. If PSU-H wins and the Sea Gulls lose or draw, then the Lions advance over Salisbury. If both teams draw in their respective matches, then Salisbury moves on. Finally, Salisbury also advances if they lose and PSU-H draws because the Sea Gulls own the tie breaker over the Lions.

Women’s Volleyball (18-6, 5-1; second in CAC)


Salisbury smiles for the cameras after winning the Sea Gull Classic tournament earlier this season. Chris Mackowiak image

The Salisbury women’s volleyball team entered the weekend in second place behind Mary Washington in the CAC standings. While Salisbury traveled to Chestertown, Md. to face Washington College and Franklin & Marshall in non-conference action, there was still shuffling in the CAC standings with other teams in action.

On Saturday, the Sea Gulls finished 1-1 in Chestertown with a 3-0 win over Franklin & Marshall and then a 3-2 loss to Washington College. Salisbury now heads into its final three matches of the season which are all CAC-play and all at home in Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Wesley (11-14, 0-6), Frostburg State (11-16, 1-5), and Southern Virginia (6-13, 2-4) will all travel to Salisbury next week. All three teams are below Salisbury in the CAC standings. Ideally, barring any upsets, the Sea Gulls should go undefeated over the stretch. The team takes the court next on Tuesday, Oct. 25 against Wesley.

Salisbury is currently aligned to place second or third in the conference and host either a CAC first round match on Nov. 1 or a semifinal match on Nov. 3 depending on their seed. The Sea Gulls do hold the tie breaker against Marymount (19-6, 5-1) after winning 3-0 on Oct. 14. After Saturday’s results, Marymount is tied with the Sea Gulls for second in the CAC.

Mary Washington (25-2, 7-0) is ahead of Salisbury in the standings and holds the tie breaker with the Sea Gulls after defeating SU 3-0 earlier this season. The Eagles will only lose the No. 1 conference seed if they lose each of their final two matches.

Football: Strong Rush Attack Leads SU to 36-14 Win Over Kean

By Zach Gilleland

Staff Writer


Behind a strong running game and stout defense, the Salisbury University football team defeated Kean University 36-14 Saturday.

Coming off a 77-19 win against William Patterson, it seemed impossible for the Sea Gulls (6-1, 5-1) to top last week’s performance. Behind NCAA Division III’s second-ranked rushing offense, Salisbury’s triple option attack went to business against a Kean (3-4, 2-4) defense ranked seventh in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

After the defense forced a three-and-out on Kean’s opening drive, the Sea Gull offense scored on its own opening drive. Salisbury found an early rhythm on offense with a 29-yard run by senior super back Connor Canonico that set up Salisbury deep in Cougar territory. Senior quarterback Ryan Jones then found junior wide receiver Josh McClain for a 24-yard touchdown pass to give the Sea Gulls a 7-0 lead.

The offense found the end zone again in the first half with junior slot back Brady Curley scoring off a 2-yard run. A late field goal by junior kicker Alex Potocko gave Salisbury a 16-0 lead going into halftime.

Behind the legs of Canonico and senior slot back Ryan Kolb, the Sea Gulls extended its lead in the second half. The difference in running styles benefitted Salisbury with Canonico bruising his way up the middle and fighting for tough yards, while Kolb used his speed to bounce to the outside, finding open running lanes.

“It started up front with the offensive line. They really got on their guys and were able to create holes for us. On the perimeters you had slot receivers getting key blocks and once one thing was going with our offense we would cut back and do something different and the defense had no idea what was going on,” Canonico said.

Canonico, Kolb and Curley accounted for 405 of Salisbury’s 457 rushing yards. Kean’s defense could not contain the Sea Gull rushing offense, giving up over 8 yards-per-carry.

“We pretty much took what they gave us and tried to keep them off balance a little bit. I think that was important because they’re huge, they’re big. I thought our offensive coordinator did a great job at keeping them off balance and I thought that was a key to the game. Our slots did a really good job at taking care of business when they had the football,” Salisbury Head Coach Sherman Wood said.

Kean scored late to make it a two-possession game in the fourth quarter, but a 12-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Brandon Lewis sealed a 36-14 win.

“Overall we played well, I liked the effort, what we showed today, that’s what we talked about all week. I thought it was important to make sure we put forth tremendous effort. Our defense gave up a few points here and there but again I saw that the communication was much better,” Coach Wood said.

The Cougars made changes at quarterback throughout the game, alternating between juniors Zach Rodriguez and Charles App. No matter the quarterback, the Sea Gulls continued to apply pressure and finished with six tackles for loss.

“Without [Kean’s] quarterbacks I think that we would have had a shutout,” Coach Wood said. “I thought we kept them in check most of the time and offensively we scored a couple of times and put them in a situation where they had to throw the ball a little bit more than they wanted to.”

Senior outside linebacker Dominic Fabrizio led the defense with eight tackles, and linebackers D.J. Davis and Harold Kwigova each provided a sack. The Sea Gull defense held Kean’s offense in check, allowing just 271 yards.

A pyrrhic victory of sorts, starting quarterback Ryan Jones was injured late in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. Wood said the team will learn more of the extent of Jones’ injury on Monday.

With three games remaining, the Sea Gulls will next face Christopher Newport in a NJAC matchup on Oct. 29. Salisbury will look to carry the momentum sustained in Saturday’s win, as its next three opponents have a combined 16-5 record. With the win, Salisbury moves into a tie for first place in the NJAC with Wesley and Frostburg State.

“The win gave us a tremendous amount of momentum,” Canonico said. “We can’t lose [another] game and this victory made us [hungrier]. Especially with a loss we had to CNU last year, we really want revenge on that.”

Football Preview: Kean enters Salisbury as Sea Gulls continue to move past Rowan loss

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor


After a dominating 77-19 win at William Paterson, No. 22 Salisbury (5-1, 4-1) returns to Sea Gull Stadium with a confident demeanor and overall health to take on their next New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) challenger Kean University (3-3, 2-3). While Salisbury should win the battle on paper, Kean brings the element of surprise with a uniquely talented offense and veteran defense.

Salisbury Offense

The Sea Gulls triple option attack heads into Saturday afternoon’s matchup full of confidence following their 77 point performance at William Patterson. Salisbury continues to lead the NJAC in points per game (42.6) and total offense (493.5 yards per game).

The central part of the offense stays as the rushing attack with all four key positions putting up strong numbers. Senior super back Connor Canonico accumulated over 134 yards rushing in each of the last two games he has appeared in (missed the game at Rowan).

It would not be surprising to see senior quarterback Ryan Jones target his wide receivers more often in the game because Kean ranks ninth in the NJAC in pass defense.  Speedy sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland caught a pass for touchdown while racking up a total of 31 yards receiving against William Paterson.

Jones is protected by a stout offensive line up front that has consisted of the same five starters all season. The offensive line has allowed only four sacks all season, which is the best in the NJAC.

Salisbury Defense

Troubles with the Rowan offense two weeks ago sent the team’s defensive statistics back a little, but the team seems younger and fresher moving forward. Freshmen linebacker Patrick Bernardo and safety Andre Boone are seeing increased time in starting lineup following breakout performances.

Bernardo has accumulated 10 tackles in two separate games this season which has propelled him into the starting lineup the last two weeks. Boone comes into Saturday’s affair leading the team in solo tackles (16) while also second on the team in total tackles (32).

It will be a different challenge for the defense this week facing a dual threat talent that can turn his legs on if the pass is not there. The team will be keying in on the QB-contain approach. If Kean sophomore quarterback Charles App is able to break through multiple times, it could be a long day for the Sea Gulls.

It will be key from the start to get pressure on App to force him out of the pocket and into those tough situations. The only thing really working against Salisbury is that they have difficulties finishing the play when getting to the quarterback. The Sea Gulls are last in the conference in sacks (5).

Kean Offense

The Cougars run a balanced offense that has seen productive moments this season while also becoming shut down at other times. Averaging only 16.2 points per game, Kean will need some explosive plays from their quarterback App to leave Salisbury with the upset.

The positive for Kean is that they have the talent to give the Sea Gulls multiple looks to think about. Their starting junior tailback Brian Matthews has 575 yards on the ground this season. During his weekly coaches luncheon, SU Head Coach Sherman Wood compared Matthews to Montclair State back John Distefano who Salisbury faced earlier this season. DiStefano rushed his first touch of the ball back for a touchdown against the Sea Gulls defense on Sept. 17.

App has four main wide receivers to target that each have over 140 yards receiving this season. A central strategy of Kean is to find the gaps between the linebackers and secondary on crossing routes. This will force a lot of zone play from the Salisbury defense considering they also must contain the running ability of App.

Kean Defense

The Cougars feature a defense that is one of the more veteran sides in the conference. Ten of the eleven typical starters on defense are upperclassmen. While the team seems to be a middle-of-the-pack defense on paper, they are a squad that can adjust well and potentially take down Salisbury’s triple option.

Up front on the defensive line, Kean possesses big bodies in the trenches to prepare to battle Canonico. Most notably in the front seven is junior linebacker Darin Hungerford. Hungerford recorded 21 tackles against their 48-17 loss to Wesley last week. This is included with three separate games this season when the linebacker tallied 11 or more tackles.

The secondary features athletic talent despite giving up 187.7 passing yards per game. Multiple players possess the ability to make acrobatic plays to deflect passes away from receivers and also intercept the ball.

Senior cornerback Austin Davis is coming off of a career-defining where when he grabbed nine interceptions out of the air which played him on multiple All-American and All-Conference teams. Kean features a player that sees considerable time on both sides of the ball at safety and wide receiver in senior LeRon Dillard. Dillard saw his first action on defense last week when he tallied 12 tackles against Wesley.

Junior safety Vaughn Scott will be on the field multiple times too. Scott is the central return man for Kean on both punts and kick returns. While he has not returned a kick for a touchdown yet, Scott has a return long of 37 yards this season.

Salisbury X-Factor and Injuries

Salisbury’s special teams continued to shine last week on the opening kickoff. Senior slot back Aarron Moore took the return back the other way for an opening touchdown to set the tone for the rest of the day against William Paterson. Salisbury is the only team in the NJAC to have a kick return for touchdown this season and also is nationally ranked third in Division III in kick return average (30.9).

Also with special teams has been the injury plague to starting junior punter Tim Steindl who is questionable for the game against Kean following an injury during warmups ahead of the William Paterson game. It was an usual incident on the road that threw junior kicker Alex Potocko into punting and kickoff duties alongside his usual field goal responsibilities.

In case Steindl cannot go, sophomore Trevor Skoglund will be available to take over. Skoglund replaced Steindl for two games earlier this season while the junior recovered from a concussion.

At the coaches luncheon, Coach Wood also announced that junior super back Dandre Dennis is now out for the year due to an injury. Dennis was the backup for Canonico this season, including replacing him as a starter for the game at Rowan while Canonico was out with a concussion.

Junior Malique Pratt will see more reps in Dennis’ place starting tomorrow. The backs might have a little more motivation to play tough tomorrow because of their fallen comrade.