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


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

Sophomore midfielder Dolph Hegewisch (Men’s Soccer)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior forward Ruthie Lucas (Women’s Soccer)


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

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

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

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

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

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


Weekend Recap: SU Athletics shine on road


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


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

Men’s Soccer: 4-0 win vs Misericordia

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

Women’s Soccer: 5-4 loss vs Catholic

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

Football: 21-13 win at Kean


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Field Hockey: 3-0 win at Cabrini


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Five Shows To Watch This Fall


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The most wonderful time of the year for Television fans is approaching: the start of the new season for the major broadcast networks. In addition to returning favorites, there are a lot of new series premiering as usual. It is close to impossible to keep up with everything that is on the air right now. Therefore, viewers will need to do some picking and choosing of what they will watch this season. For those who are not sure what to choose, here are some suggestions courtesy of The Flyer.

The Good Doctor: The hit A&E series Bates Motel may have ended earlier this year, but actor Freddie Highmore did not need much time to find another job. In this series, Highmore will be playing Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon who happens to have autism. Highmore has come a long way since his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory days, and his turn as Norman Bates was an acting masterclass. The fact that the series focuses on an autistic character is also noteworthy, as autism is arguably underrepresented in media. This one should be a winner. (Premieres September 25 at 10 PM on ABC.)

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Perhaps taking a page from Ryan Murphy’s series about O.J. Simpson, Dick Wolf is back with another series in his most successful franchise. While we have seen single cases spread out over a series of weeks before on other shows, it has not been done in the L&O franchise. However, the franchise has had many riveting episodes based on true stories, so this dramatization of the story of two brothers who killed their parents should not be an exception. (Premieres September 26 at 10 PM on NBC.)

Will & Grace: One of the most popular sitcoms of the early 21st century is back for a series of new episodes. Will Truman, a lawyer, and Grace Adler, an interior designer, are best friends and roommates. The only thing stopping them from being together romantically is the fact that Will is gay. Joining them in their misadventures are their neighbor, aspiring actor Jack McFarland, and Grace’s assistant, socialite Karen Walker. The original cast is returning, and the previews look hilarious, with jokes involving Heads Up and Fox News. Anyone looking for laughs should get their fill with this one. (Premieres September 28 at 9 PM on NBC.)

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David is back for another season of getting himself into the most uncomfortable situations one can think of in what might be the funniest sitcom of the 21st century. David, the co-creator of Seinfeld, plays a fictionalized version of himself in his everyday life. Even though the series is returning for its ninth season, it has been six years since the last season, so there should be fresh ideas with lots of laughs in store. In addition to previous cast members returning, Lauren Graham and Bryan Cranston will be joining Larry’s world. It may be a demented world, but it sure is hilarious and relatable. (Premieres October 1 at 10 PM on HBO.)

The Middle: The Heck family return for their ninth and final season of love and laughter. Despite its endurance, this series has often flown under the radar, standing in the shadow of the more popular Modern Family. This is a shame, because while M.F. is a quality show, The Middle has been more consistently written, especially in more recent years. The series is hilarious and heartfelt, and it paints a portrait of a real family in middle America that isn’t often seen on television. This truthful series will be missed, but not before it leaves us with what should be one Heck of a farewell season.

SU Flyer Sports Podcast: Soccer offensive surge


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

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

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

Sports Articles of the Week:

CAC Chamberlin Coaching Tree

Salisbury field hockey recap vs. Washington College

Salisbury women’s soccer recap vs. Catholic

Salisbury men’s soccer recap vs. Misericordia

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

Four goals not enough as Salisbury WSOC falls to Catholic


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Building from the loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second half offensive surge leads to first Salisbury MSOC home win


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The CAC Chamberlin Coaching Tree extends another branch


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

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

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

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

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

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

The Four Branches


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracey Short photo

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Katie Fost York

York field hockey head coach Katie Fost. York Athletics photo

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

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

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

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

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

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SU field hockey head coach Dawn Chamberlin. SU Athletics photo

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

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

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

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

SUFH: It’s a family


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facing the Mentor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PACE kickstarts new lecture series: Democracy Across the Disciplines

By: Abby Bivens

Staff Writer


“This is what democracy looks like?!”

This is the question Dr. Sarah Surak posed to the crowd of Salisbury University students, faculty and members of the surrounding community gathered in a Fulton Hall auditorium Monday evening.

Dr. Surak is an assistant professor of both Political Science and Environmental Studies, as well as the Co-Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE).  PACE developed the weekly lecture circuit, which was also offered as a one credit course to students.

Dr. Surak hosted a very energetic lecture and involved the audience on numerous occasions.

She asked many thought-provoking questions, such as  “what does it mean to participate in democracy?”, “why do we submit to the government’s authority?” and “why do we organize ourselves in such a way?”.

During the lecture, she traced the origins of Western democracy back to the ancient Greeks and explained how the modern word “idiot”, comes from the Greek term “idiotes”, meaning one who did not exercise their right to participate in the public sphere.

One of the topics that Dr. Surak explored was the decline of democracy.

According to The Economist, the United States has fallen from a “full democracy”, to “flawed democracy” since 2015.  This can be attributed to a growing distrust of the government and decreased voting turnout in the past few decades.

“This is the second iteration of a PACE lecture circuit and IDIS course” PACE Graduate Research Assistant Michael Webber said.

The first series, taking place in the Fall of 2016, was on the topic of race and identity.

Webber is optimistic for the future of this program and said that PACE will continue to offer these lecture circuits and IDIS courses on controversial social topics each fall.

One of the faces in the audience Monday night was Dr. Maarten Pereboom, Dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and advocate for democratic participation.

Dr. Pereboom encouraged SU students to take advantage of their time at the university.  For students looking to become active democratic citizens to hone their viewpoints, and to ask important questions to faculty.

“This is a new stage in many student’s adult lives and for some may be the first time that they are able to vote,” Dr. Pereboom said.

“Democracy Across the Disciplines” meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in Fulton Hall, Room 111.

Dr. Erick Rittinger, Political Science assistant professor, will be giving a lecture entitled “When Democracy Doesn’t Work”.  All lectures in this series are open to all SU students as well as the general public, with the next meeting set for Sept. 18.

SU takes first big stride to carbon neutrality

By:  Chase Gorski

News Editor


 Just ten years after Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Salisbury University has taken a key step towards being carbon neutral.

The Presidents’ Climate Commitment is a promise that almost 700 presidents have signed, pledging to join the fight against global warming.  Once President Dudley-Eshbach signed in 2007, the university created the Climate Action Plan which outlined the ways that the university would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050.


On August 22, the university announced the completion of a new solar parking canopy covering Parking Lot H, moving SU one step closer towards its objective.

The solar panels will collect energy from the sun, in turn generating electricity for campus buildings.  Along with collecting solar energy, the parking canopy also includes five electric vehicle charging stations.

According to Wayne Shelton, the Director of Campus Sustainability and Environmental Safety at Salisbury University, the canopy will produce around 765,000 kilowatt hours yearly.

As for a reference point, that amount of energy is enough to power two percent of the electricity consumption of the campus.  This is enough to completely power three campus residence halls: Manokin, Pocomoke and Wicomico.

Shelton has been cited as one of the key figures in pushing this project through to fruition.


“All credit should go to [Wayne], he has been pushing for this for years,” Director of the Environmental Studies Department Dr. Michael Lewis said.  “He has worked through all of the complicated hurdles of making it happen and overseeing the project.”

The importance of this project goes far beyond collecting solar energy for dorm halls, or charging hybrid cars.  The solar canopy represents the university taking an active role in protecting the environment, and shows that the school is working towards the goal of zero carbon emissions.

“The performance is going to help, the fact that it’s going to produce so much electricity for the area is going to go a long way to helping future projects,” Shelton said.  “People will say ‘let’s do more [projects] like this.”

While no specific projects are on the horizon, the university and specifically the Department of Sustainability is already bouncing around ideas for the future.  According to Shelton, the university is ahead of schedule in terms of their 2050 deadline, and approximately 50 percent of the electricity on-campus comes from renewable sources.

President Dudley-Eshbach was thrilled with the progress the university has made thus far, and sees the solar canopy as a great success.

“This installation is a win-win-win,” President Dudley-Eshbach said.  “Using solar energy helps reduce SU’s carbon footprint, the panels provide shade and protection for vehicles and thanks to our partnership with Standard Solar the canopy was built at no cost to the state or university.”

Dudley-Eshbach views this project as a continuation of Salisbury University’s long-standing dedication to sustainability.  This is not the first time SU has shown its desire to help the environment with solar projects, with recycling campaigns and removing trays from the dining hall landing them on The Princeton Review’s list of ‘Green Colleges’ for multiple years including 2016.

Aside from the environmental benefits of the installation, there are also numerous educational opportunities that made this project a success for all parties.  The educational function of the solar canopy is one of the aspects that greatly interests Dr. Lewis and his students.

In the Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC) there is a monitor on the first floor that shuffles through different screens outlining the process of converting sunlight to usable energy as well as live energy generation data.

“We teach a course called ‘Introduction to Sustainability’ and one of the things we will talk about in that class is energy,” Dr. Lewis said.  “Having a discussion on what is going on with the solar energy as well as discussing how energy generation is tied to larger questions of sustainability.”

Students will also be able to visit the sustainability page on Salisbury University’s website to see a graphic with the updated electricity production data.

As for the educational value outside of the classroom, the completion of this project further demonstrates that SU is committed to leading by example.  With climate change taking the national stage in the recent months, Shelton believes it is important for the university to take a stand for the environment.

“It is critical that we model and demonstrate all of these things that we are already teaching in our classrooms, as an educational facility it is our duty to be in the forefront,” Shelton said.  “It is important for the population in the future to have hands-on, visual and educational experiences with ‘here is how we become more sustainable, here is how we become greener and here is how we protect our environment.’”

While many in the media spotlight question climate change, and the importance of keeping the environment clean, Salisbury University has chosen a side.  Even though these projects are not always economically advantageous, there are reasons to pursue carbon neutrality.

“Being green isn’t less expensive in all respects, in some it can be but it can also be more expensive,” Shelton said.  “But it’s the right thing to do.”