2017-18 Salisbury men’s basketball schedule released Wednesday


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Salisbury: (31-9)

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

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

LaGrange: (38-4)

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

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

Rowan: (28-16)

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

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

Emory: (27-12)

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

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

Otterbein: (31-12)

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

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

Roanoke: (29-16)

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

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

Let us de-stress and go to the gym


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why everyone should run regularly


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The streak lives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Where: Sea Gull Stadium

How to watch: Sea Gull Sports Network


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Misericordia Player to Watch: Sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Beck

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

Salisbury Player to Watch: Senior defender Aaron Leeds

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

The North Korea non-issue


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North Korea, a nation that has long had an antagonistic relationship with the United States, has been in the news a fair deal lately following their testing of a nuclear missile. In a political era where almost anything is possible, many are wondering if such aggressive actions from North Korea are likely to spur an all-out conflict with the U.S.

Despite these fears, a war with North Korea is highly unlikely. The reasons for this are plentiful and can easily be outlined by looking at the country’s past 20years of blunders.

In 1994, America and North Korea both signed an agreement that would give North Korea oil and economic aid in exchange for the country dismantling their nuclear weapons program. In 2002, however, it became apparent that the country had no intention of discontinuing its nuclear program, effectively rendering the 1994 agreement moot.

Since then, North Korea has stayed on the world’s radar due to their infrequent, yet alarming nuclear missile tests. The U.S. is unable to act decisively against these perceived threats, however, due to the country’s strong ties to China, a major trading partner for the U.S.

What is worth noting about these tests is that they are always failures; none of the missiles launched reach a proper altitude and are thus unable to be any real threat to the U.S. In other words, North Korea is simply flexing its anemic muscles and hoping that the world trembles in fear.

Following the most recent missile test, North Korea has not only shown that their nuclear program is an embarrassment, but reminded the world that their leadership is as well. The government-controlled media of North Korea issued a statement denouncing  not only President Trump, but the Chinese government as well.

While it is no surprise that Trump and the U.S. were the target of a verbal attack, it is shocking to see North Korea lash out at their only ally on the international stage. It is difficult to say what the future relations will be between the nations, but suffice it to say that North Korea may very well find themselves completely isolated in an increasingly globalized political arena.

North Korea, though the subject of rightful scrutiny and contempt, is by no means the threat that some fear it to be. Despite its frequent threats to the contrary, their nuclear program is laughable at best and their threats for a major conflict are empty at best.

Coupled with their uncalled-for antagonism towards their only ally, China, the country is effectively signing its own death sentence. For now, it is safe to say that North Korea is best described as a non-issue.

A road to the title now appears: NCAA announces DIII MLAX & WLAX brackets


Sports Editor


After a brief pause for about a week following their respective Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships, the Salisbury men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse teams discovered their paths to the National Title during the NCAA DIII Selection Shows Sunday night.

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Salisbury earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Chris Mackowiak image via NCAA.com

Men’s Lacrosse

At a 17-1 overall record, SU men’s lacrosse is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. They will seek to repeat as National Champions following their title win over Tufts University in Philadelphia a season ago.

The Sea Gulls will have to wait until Tuesday afternoon to discover their opponent in the second round on Wednesday at a time to be determined. In a Tuesday neutral site first round game at Sea Gull Stadium, Lasell College (13-3, 8-0 GNAC) will battle with Misericordia University (12-3, 6-2 MAC Freedom).

The Lasell Lasers are coming off a tight Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship win over Mount Ida 13-12 on Saturday. The Newton, Mass. school sports an offense that scores 13.13 goals per game, but the team does give up over nine goals per game on the other side of the field.

Misericordia enters the NCAA Tournament as MAC Freedom champions after a 6-1 home victory over Eastern University on Saturday. The Sea Gulls and Cougars do share a common opponent during the regular season: the Methodist Monarchs. Salisbury defeated Methodist 21-2 in their 2017 opener, while the Cougars struggled with the Monarchs, falling 13-12 in overtime during a neutral-site contest.

Misericordia scores just under 13 goals per game, and the team gives up under eight goals per game. A meeting with either of these schools would be a first in Salisbury program history.

From the CAC, York College (Pa.) received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.

As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Salisbury would host any games they play in the rest of the tournament, other than the National Championship game, which will be held in Foxboro, Mass. If the Sea Gulls advance to the third round, they will host a game Saturday.

Women’s Lacrosse

On the women’s lacrosse side, the Sea Gulls were not as fortunate, despite taking the CAC crown last Saturday with their 15th consecutive conference championship. Salisbury (13-5, 7-1 CAC) will hit the road to start the NCAA Tournament.

The Sea Gulls will move up to Clinton, N.Y. to Hamilton College to face Regis College (Mass.). The Pride (15-4, 8-0 NECC) took the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown on Saturday with a 15-13 win over Elms. The Weston, Mass. school is strong on both ends of the field, averaging over 13 goals per game alongside a defense that lets in under seven goals per game.

If Salisbury gets by Regis, they would face the host school of Hamilton College (12-5, 8-2 NESCAC). The Continentals are coming off a tough NESCAC Tournament where Hamilton fell 12-3 in the semifinals to Trinity (Conn.).

The two schools share one common opponent in Colby College. The Sea Gulls defeated Colby 6-5 in a neutral-site game earlier this season, while the Continentals also took them down 8-5 in their 2017 open. Through a tough schedule, Hamilton averages just 9.57 goals per game and holds a 7.59 goals-against average.

From the CAC, both York College (Pa.) and the University of Mary Washington both received at-large bids into the tournament.

In the end, Salisbury’s solid strength of schedule hurt their chances of hosting. The Sea Gulls are 4-5 this season against ranked opponents. However, SU is battle-tested and may be peaking at the right moment.

Stay tuned with The Flyer for updates on both SU lacrosse teams as they trek towards a hopeful end in Foxboro, Ma. during the last weekend in May. For the interactive NCAA Division III online brackets, visit here for men’s lacrosse, and here for women’s lacrosse.

Not letting off the gas pedal: SU MLAX prepares for mission to reach Boston


Sports Editor


Drill for 12 minutes, scrimmage for 12 minutes. Drill for 12 minutes, scrimmage for 12 minutes.

After winning their third Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship in the last four years, the Salisbury men’s lacrosse team (17-1, 8-0 CAC) continues the daily grind at practice each day with the NCAA Tournament coming in the middle of next week.

“There’s no down time. There’s a lot of playing, but there’s a lot of things we’re still working on in the drills. You get some fun to play full field. They’ll be a tired unit [later] because that’ll be two hours and 20 minutes of up and down the field in a variety of things,” SU head coach Jim Berkman said.


Senior face-off specialist Duncan Campbell (No. 5) and junior defensive middie Jeremiah LaClair (No. 42) fight for the ground ball following a face-off in the CAC Championship. Amy Wojtowicz photo

The focus and intensity must stay up for the Sea Gulls following their 15-5 victory over then-No.4 York College (Pa.) last Saturday. It was a commanding 11-1 lead for Salisbury over the Spartans at the halftime of the contest.

“We were just playing as a unit collectively. We were all on the same page. We knew what was on the table and what was at stake after last year. We wanted to come out and just put on a show, and we did just that,” senior goalkeeper Colin Reymann said.

That same confidence was in play on the field last Saturday as the Sea Gulls’ strong defense gave up only one goal on 11 shots to the Spartans in the first half of action. In addition, the SU offense opened the contest on an 11-0 run. Converting four goals on seven man-up opportunities and going a perfect 23-for-23 on attempted clears paved the way for the 2017 title.

“We just played really well. We played good in all aspects, but I also thought that we were extremely hungry on the groundball and we definitely won that battle, which led to some easy goals,” Berkman said.

With the two top defenses in the CAC on display, it was atypical to see such a disparity in groundballs with the Sea Gulls dominating the category 41-21 over York (Pa.). Salisbury’s physicality showed through alongside victories on 16 of 23 face-offs.

Leading the offensive charge for Salisbury was captain and senior attacker Nate Blondino, who tallied three goals and five assists for a total of eight points in the game. The CAC Player of the Year surpassed the 100-point mark for the second consecutive season with his eight in the victory. With his current number of 105 points in 2017, it is the most points in a season tallied by a Sea Gull since 2012 when attacker Matt Cannone finished with 130.

“Nate has continued to get better every year. He’s a complete player, a great feeder, a good shooter, a good finisher, a good rider—he’s just a great all-around attackman, and that’s been the evolution over the last few years,” Berkman said.

As a 2016 USILA Second Team All-American, Blondino sees the feats of his teammates before his own.

“I’d really just like to thank all of the guys around me. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible to do things like that and a majority of [my points] are assists, so that comes from other guys finishing the ball. They’re really getting it done,” Blondino said.


Senior attacker Nate Blondino tries to break free of a CNU defender earlier this season. Hannah Wichrowski photo

For Blondino, practice made perfect for the CAC Championship Game. That may be the hope for Salisbury headed into the final stretch of the 2017 postseason.

“I thought we had a great week of practice the week before. We were focused all week, and we really didn’t want to let up and let what happened last year happen again. We were coming out of the gates firing. I thought we really just executed our game plan,” Blondino said.

With about a week-and-a-half break between in-game action for Salisbury, the mission is to stay focused prior to their opening round NCAA action. This might be easier said than done.

Over the years, one underestimated advantage the Salisbury men’s lacrosse program has over others may just be their consistent appearances in the postseason, which offers more time on the field for not only the veteran stars, but also the next wave of talent to play in Sea Gull Stadium.

“This time is really good for the younger players. [Compared to] the teams that are home and not playing because their seasons are over, there’s a lot of younger players here that are getting three or more weeks of practice to work and to get better, which I think has always been a key for our program,” Berkman said.

This factor could prove to be very important for SU, considering the amount of talent and veteran leadership they are losing heading into the 2018 season.


The SU defense stood tall vs. York (Pa.), allowing only five goals to an offense that scored over 14 per game this season. (In photo: No. 11 senior defender Will Nowesnick, No. 26 senior goalkeeper Colin Reymann, No. 44 senior defender Aaron Leeds) Amy Wojtowicz photo

With many full-field scrimmages and various drills, Berkman feels he has the right recipe to keep the Gulls on track toward their attempt to obtain a return trip to the final, which is in Boston this season. At the same time, with no opponent on the docket yet, the team has a chance to refine their own skills and crafts.

“We’ve had a chance to work some new wrinkles in. We’ve also had a chance to go back and do some fundamental work with the one-on-one’s and the two-on-two’s,” coach Berkman said.

Opponents may not want to see any more surprises or ‘wrinkles’ from Salisbury with the team seeing high national marks on both sides of the ball. SU is fifth in the nation in scoring offense at 16.94 goals per game, and their defense is good for eighth at 6.44 goals-against average.

With only one loss on the season, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in both major polls and ranked No. 2 in the South Region in last week’s NCAA Regional Rankings, Salisbury is lined up to claim one of the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Sea Gulls will discover who their potential opponents are when the NCAA holds their online selection show Sunday night at 9 p.m.

“We know we’re gonna have a tough five games to repeat, so we gotta stay focused for the next week-and-a-half, which we’ve been doing so far. We’ve had a great few days of practice, so we just have to continue that until next Wednesday,” Blondino said.