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

By CHASE GORSKI

Staff Writer

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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.

Faculty Senate discusses Gen Ed Program reform

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

Staff Writer

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A sophomore Salisbury University communications student sat in a chemistry class one day wondering “how is this useful to my major?”

Salisbury University’s Faculty Senate has discussed the possible reformation of general education classes on campus. This allows incoming students to become more successful in their college career.

The faculty senate is made up of the university’s staff that oversees the process of the general education reform to ensure it will become successful.

James King, co-chair of the steering committee, commented on the steps being taken towards this new idea.

“The reformation came about because a comment was made by the university president to the provost to look at the general education,” King said. “There have been changes to the curriculum in the past, but no change has had a purposeful insight.”

A survey was conducted and given to faculty, students and alumni.

They were asked to give their opinion on their general education at Salisbury. The results showed a 30 percent gap between the faculty standards being met and what the data actually showed was met.

Faculty Senate President Stephen Ford explained how all students could benefit from this reform.

“There is a desire to have a reform here because we want to take into consideration all of those transfers that we often see as not having those basic skills that you have in general education,” Ford said. “In essence, this whole effort is in need for the students.”

This platform for the reformation will ensure that students will have a clearer understanding of what is being taught to them.

It will also focus on every student’s learning outcomes as well as continue to meet the learning outcome requirements for general education.

The faculty senate is focusing on narrowing down the learning objectives to make the general education requirements more manageable. This will allow individuals to address other outcomes to integrate into the new model.

The model is a continuation of the curriculum but with new features—first-year experience and integrative experience. Regulations, codes and laws will continue to be followed throughout this model.

“We do not have a remedial class here at SU, so we do not have a class that shows how to cite properly or how to do the basic general education skills,” Ford said.

The first-year experience ensures that all incoming students take a workshop style class to refresh their comprehensive skills.

The integrative experience will focus on one theme the whole semester while students work on every subject matter revolving around that theme.

The first-year experience class model will allow the library staff to teach a one-credit course in four seven-week sessions per semester per librarian.

The faculty senate wants more students to come out and give opinions on what they can do to make sure the new curriculum is beneficial for incoming students.

Senior Carl Fogg offered some future suggestions for the reform.

“The only thing I would ask is to make general education less intrusive of your actual major. I feel it holds you back from learning the stuff you actually want to learn,” Fogg said. “This is why they give you the choice to pick what you want to learn anyway when you come to college.”

The faculty senate continues to discuss more details to revise within the general education classes to make sure every student is confident and successful.

“I think the revision will make students more successful because that will be one less thing to worry about coming into university,” Fogg said.

The committee will be holding a roundtable discussion for students to express their views on the reformation on May 3.

MLAX: Sea Gulls seek to avenge 2016 CAC Championship loss

By BRAD KELLY

Staff Writer

What: No. 2 Salisbury men’s lacrosse hosts No. 4 York (Pa.)

Where: Sea Gull Stadium

When: Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m.

How to Watch: Sea Gulls Sports Network

 

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SU senior attacker Nate Blondino tries to find the edge of the defense vs. CNU. Hannah Wichrowski photo

Coming off two resounding wins in their respectful semifinal contests, both the Salisbury men’s lacrosse and the York (Pa.) Spartans, will face off yet again in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship game.

The Gulls will look to capture their twentieth CAC crown and have won the championship in two of the last three seasons. That one championship loss though, came at the hands of the Spartans last season, 10-9. The Spartan victory was their first ever CAC title and first win in program history over Salisbury.

Salisbury Offense: The Gulls exploded against Mary Washington last week to the tune of 22 goals. The team is now averaging 17 goals-per-game on an average of 47 shots-per-game. Ten players notched a goal for the Gulls last week, with senior attacker Nathan Blondino posting six goals himself alongside an assist.

Senior attacker Carson Kalama leads the team with 50 goals, ranking third in the conference. The Gulls’ offense has also found a spark in the return of senior attacker Nick Garbarino who has eight goals over his last three games, and 44 on the season despite missing the first four games.

York Defense: In the month of April, the Spartans have not surrendered more than 10 goals over those six games. Led by freshman Nick Roman, the team has stifled their opponents as of late. Roman has forced a team high 16 turnovers this seasons.

Between the pipes, junior goalie Landry Marshall is solid this season. Teams are only averaging 6.85 goals against him per game, and he has only surrendered 108 goals this season, ranking him fourth in the conference.

York Offense: The Spartans have three scorers at over 30 goals this season, with sophomore attacker Brendan McGrath leading the charge with 51 goals on the season. McGrath ranks second in the CAC in goals and fourth in points with 73 on a conference-high 125 shots. Sophomore midfielders Hunter Davis and Thomas Pfeiffer each add in 34 goals a-piece to the fold.

Sophomore middie Cameron Leech leads the team with 42 assists and displayed his facilitating prowess with a school-record seven assist game against Christopher Newport.

Salisbury Defense: The Gulls have not let up more than 11 goals in a game all season. They have caused more than 201 turnovers on the season, with junior defender Will Nowesnick leading the team with 38. Seniors long-stick middie Andrew Ternahan and defender Aaron Leeds follow suit, having 29 and 24 created turnovers respectively.

The Gulls have found a steady hand in senior goalie Colin Reymann within the cage this season. He leads the CAC in goals-against-average with a 6.25 average. Reymann also ranks third in the CAC with a 55.6 save percentage.

At the “X”: The Gulls and Spartans have performed well in the trenches this season. Salisbury has won 58 percent of face-offs, while the Spartans have succeeded 61 percent of the time. Gulls’ senior face-off specialist Duncan Campell will feature the most for the Sea Gulls, sporting his 60 percent win rate. Sasso is the primary face-off man for the Spartans on the other side, holding a similar 61 percent success rate.

SU Player to Watch: Sr. attacker Nathan Blondino

Blondino leads the CAC with 97 points, a 20-point gap between the next closest performer. He is also coming off a six-goal outburst against Mary Washington. Look for the Spartans to try and limit the impact that Blondino has on the game either as a passer or scorer.

York Player to Watch: So. attacker Brendan McGrath

McGrath is far and away the offensive centerpiece for York. He has 17 more goals than the next scorer on the team and has fired off 33 more shots. The Gulls’ game plan will be to have anyone but McGrath beat them on Saturday.

Earth Day events in Salisbury

By VAL PETSCHE

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Sophomore Jessica Wooster (L) and Junior Tinsley Foster (R) hold their contributions during SGA’s Recycle Madness in Red Square on Thursday. Photo by Val Petsche.

Staff Writer

Downtown Salisbury is planning a wide array of fun events for the upcoming Earth Day weekend. Students of the Salisbury community are invited to participate in the excitement, including this month’s 3rd Friday celebration, Be the Difference Day, and the SBY Bike PartY.

3rd Friday

Students can support members of the Environmental Students Association as they sell handmade bird houses and planter boxes during Salisbury’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration. The event will occur from 5-8 p.m. and is located downtown on Main street.

This free event features handcrafted items and art by local businesses, complete with live music filling the streets by blues musicians Chris and Grayson English. The April month celebrates spring with a Sustainable Salisbury theme to commemorate Earth Day.

Cake Art will be open to host “Create Your Own Cupcake Night,” with new spring cupcake flavors. Acorn Market will be providing sustainable herb plant giveaways with each dinner entree purchased.

The Salisbury Art Space located on the lower level of the Gallery Building will showcase the 2017 Annual Blooming Artists Youth Show, an entire exhibition of local child artists’ work, along with a solo exhibition by last year’s winner, Dominique.

The Look Pretty Play Dirty Mobile Petting Zoo will be present on N Division Street with baby animals for those in attendance to see. Local environmental groups will also be attending, including the Lower Shore Land Trust, the Maryland Bluebird Society and the Nassawango Creek Preserve.

Be the Difference Day

This event will also be on N Division Street, promoting its community-wide day of service on Saturday April 22nd. Students are encouraged to volunteer at an event of their choice, and those interested can learn about 24 different projects being hosted by as many as 17 local organizations.

Be the Difference Day aims to provide opportunities for people of all ability levels and interests to get involved. The goal is to raise the profile of community organizations, volunteerism and service.

More information can be found at 410-548-4757 or visit www.salisburysga.com.

Salisbury Bike PartY

Also on Saturday, April 22 is the SBY Bike PartY, where students can join the Salisbury community to participate in a 6-mile fun ride through town or feel free to watch from the sidelines with live music playing nearby.

The first annual SBY Bike partY will begin in Downtown Salisbury at Lot 1 starting at 11 a.m. All are welcome, as there will be activities for all ages and skill levels, and it is a free event. Prizes will be awarded by EVO for costumes and bike decorations. The bicyclists will ride as a group with a police escort to guide all participants through intersections.

Festival activities also include a 3/4 mile car-free loop on Downtown Salisbury streets for registered riders to enjoy at their own pace along with the Get Ramped pop-up skatepark by Eastern Shore IMBA.

There will be a photo booth, photographers and drone footage by Macey Holyak as well as a bicycle safety course for beginners hosted by Bike-SBY. Many bike related organizations and vendors will be present and students can participate in a bike swap to sell any unwanted bikes and parts.

EVO is hosting the after-party starting at 2 p.m with live bands for everyone to enjoy. Please visit the Salisbury Bike PartY website for further details.

Earth Week on Campus

The SU Student Government Association has been hosting a week’s worth of events to celebrate Earth Day. Most activities were held in Red Square, including a bike-powered blender station for DIY smoothies and s’mores could be cooked in a solar oven.

The SGA presented a screening of the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret on Monday evening for interested viewers, describing the alarming implications the meat industry poses on both people and the environment.

Wednesday showcased a cooking contest with locally sourced ingredients during the second annual Iron Sea Gull cooking contest in The Commons. Later that evening, recyclable art creations were displayed at SU’s Plaza Gallery along with photos and descriptions of SU’s Earth Week events.

Students were encouraged to participate in Recycle Madness on Thursday. This is a recycling competition between various student organizations to see who can contribute the most weight in recyclables.

“No Ban, No Wall, No Registry” Protest Sparks Salisbury Conversation

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By Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

SU alumna Molly Likovich organizes “No Ban, No Wall, No Registry” protest outside downtown Salisbury´s courthouse on Saturday.

This peaceful protest offered support but also encouraged a conversation to be held within the community.

Likovich, a 22-year-old graduate, carried her inspiration from the recently attended Women’s March in Washington D.C. last month. This inspiration led to different acts of involvement and started with the process of calling local senators.

The message of activist and celebrity Emma Watson, “If not me then who, if not now then when?” has always resonated with Likovich.

When speaking about the process of trying to create awareness, Likovich said that “it’s hard, but I figured if I’m unhappy with the administration, I can’t just Tweet about it.”

After deciding to proceed with the plans, the created Facebook event page received over 200 responses.

The collectively shared motive pushed for unity and strength within the community, while keeping the idea that it is possible to change the world for someone else.

“It’s important that in my hometown my neighbors feel safe and loved,” Likovich said.

Likovich explained that in this new age of activism, protesting can simply be in the form of spreading kindness and getting up every day and doing your part.

She believes in the power of speaking out against the oppressor and staying informed about issues that individuals are passionate about. Likovich emphasizes the power of simply opening the door to a conversation.

“All acts are valid—all acts are courageous and brave,” Likovich said.

These exemplified actions were present as Trump supporters  also came out to contribute their opinions, while the rally remained peaceful.

SU student Humaira Ahmed attended and expressed the significance of representation.

“As a child of immigrants, and an immigrant myself, and someone who wears a headscarf and is so openly Muslim, I felt it was important to go out and represent my people,” Ahmed said. “It’s important to stand up for the basic rights of those like me.”

The support system of people against the ban, wall and registry symbolized “you are not alone and we are here for you.”

As a Salisbury native herself, Ahmed explained just why this rally was necessary,

“Salisbury needed this rally because we are such a small town and cliquey type of community,” Ahmed said. “It was nice that people with disabilities, people of all race, age, gender and sexual orientation were able to come out and interact in a positive and empowering environment.”

The hope of the community is evident; despite the opposing voices, the conversation has already begun and the process of change is well on its way.

“I hope people are more understanding and compassionate to one another and really do their part in keeping the community safe for everyone,” Ahmed said. “Although it’s a lot to come out and participate in a rally, people should take action in their daily lives as well.”

 

 

Club Corner: The Buddy Program

By London Mackall

Staff Writer

Education seekers from around the world call Salisbury University home; but a new on-campus club aims to solidify the bonds between international students and American students.

The Salisbury University Center for International Education: Buddy Program was founded by SU senior Taylor Dittmar in spring 2016. Dittmar came up with the idea after talking to international students about what SU could do to make their time in the U.S. more enjoyable.

Often, international students told Dittmar that they wished they had made more American friends. The buddy program aims to pair up SU students with international students based on their majors, interests and availability

Before meeting their buddies, some students prepare by researching the country that they are from and brainstorming different activities that they can do together.

“I was actually really excited when I heard [my buddy] was from Estonia,” buddy Shannon Chambers said. “I did a project on [Estonia] when I was in middle school. It’ll be fun to kind of meet somebody from there and I just think it’ll be fun to learn about what she has to say too.”

After the students are put in pairs, they spend time together and get to know one another. Usually, the pairs will do everyday activities together that they both enjoy.

“A lot of times, we’ll meet on campus when it’s more convenient,” buddy Jenny Rose said. “I’ve done Cool Beans, I’ve gone to Starbucks, but then also Taylor plans trips to Shorebirds Games and the zoo and we have barbecues where all buddies can get together and hang out with other buddies. When it just comes to you and your individual buddy that you’re matched with, you can do whatever you want.”

Some SU students that are especially close with their buddies even invite them to their homes for special holidays.

“One American student last semester took [her buddies] to have Thanksgiving dinner at her house, which was everything to the [buddies],” Dittmar said. “They thought that was the coolest thing that ever happened. If they really get along well, then they’ll do all kinds of stuff.”

Some students that participated in the buddy program found that it was a rewarding experience that sparked a lifelong friendship.

“It’s a little bit intimidating at first,” Rose said. “The buddies that I’ve made, we’ve formed long-lasting friendships. They’re back in China now and we still communicate through email.”

Being a part of the buddy program also gives students the opportunity to learn about new cultures that they may be unfamiliar with.

“It just really opens up your eyes to everything else that happens in the world and how different people are,” Dittmar said.

The program also gives buddies the satisfaction of knowing that someone in this new country wants to get to know them, Dittmar said. “When people come here and they know they have someone that’s going to care about them and be their friend, it changes their experience,” Dittmar said. “They don’t have to be afraid to be here or to go and do things. They feel accepted and that’s the whole thing.”

 

3rd Fridays in downtown Salisbury

By Haley Dick

Staff Writer

Once a month West Main Street in Downtown Salisbury transforms into a place where local artists, crafters and other businesses can connect with the Salisbury community in an informal and family-friendly setting.

3rd Friday is a downtown development project sponsored by the Salisbury Arts and Entertainment District and the City of Salisbury, according to the organization’s website.

Members of the Salisbury community were looking for a time and place to come together and connect with each other in the place that they love, thus beginning 3rd Fridays.

At the public’s request, a group of people came together and decided to start getting the community interacting in a creative way. What originally started as a volunteer based activity soon turned into a city sponsored event. Each third Friday of the month, vendors and non-profits set up stands of all homemade merchandise and informational pamphlets to share with the people in their community.

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Photo By: Haley Dick. Art By: Larry Conway

Every month embodies a different theme. Some past themes include Planet Earth, Urban Artscapes, Paw Prints, Mad Science and more. The most recent 3rd Friday, which was held on Oct. 21, was Comic-Con themed. Children walked around wearing their Halloween costumes, pumpkin smashing was featured as a free activity and even the vendors were dressed to the theme.

The only requirement to set up and sell merchandise or food is that it all must be homemade and original. One local artist arrived at the beginning of set-up time, which was 3 p.m., and got comfortable next to the fountain on the main drag to sell his artwork for the first time at 3rd Friday.

Various different reasons bring people to the 3rd Friday event, all unique and compelling. The man was a local, and was just looking for an outlet to sell and receive feedback on this work.

“A lady told me about it and said that it was a great fund,” Larry Conway, a local artist, said. “She said that her daughter did a great job selling her artwork downtown, and I love the social setting.”

Conway said that his goal was to sell enough of his artwork to be able to pay for the materials to continue creating because art was something of enjoyment and personal satisfaction to him. It was obvious that he was excited and eager to be participating in such an engaging event with his unique and sentimental artwork.

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Photo By: Haley Dick. Art By: Larry Conway.

SU students are always encouraged to get involved with the surrounding community, and this is one outlet that appeals to most.

“Personally, I thought that the event was really well organized and fun, has a great atmosphere due to the time of day it was held along with the live music and everyone seemed to be having a really good time,” Kate Gauntt said, class of 2020.

“Being able to talk to all the vendors and find out the motivation behind their art and how they came to participate in 3rd Friday made me feel much more connected to the Salisbury community.”

Whether it is volunteering, setting up a table or going to enjoy yourself with a group of friends, there are plenty of reasons for students to go to 3rd Friday and engage with others outside of the university.

3rd Fridays are free and open to the public, and occur every third Friday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Downtown Salisbury. For more information visit http://www.3rdfridaysby.com/Home.aspx.

Seagull Century returns

By Rishon Seaborn

News Editor

Sea Gull Century returned for its annual 28th year race this Saturday.

The infamous bicycling event included nearly 7,000 participants from near and far as they started and ended at Salisbury University. Even through the rain cyclists were eager to start the day with their routes.

Sea Gull Century is an exciting time for the Eastern Shore. The bicycling event is one of the largest tourist attractions of the fall season as it is projected to bring in about $2.5 million worth of revenue throughout the area.

The cyclists had the options of riding on three different routes: the 100 mile Assateague Century, 100 mile Snow Hill and the 64 mile Princess Anne Metric. This provides the participants with a chance to enjoy the nature of Delmarva’s Eastern Shore.

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Cyclist Kim Fisher expressed her happiness for the return of the bicycling event this year.

“I’ve done Sea Gull Century 4 or 5 times so I was really disappointed that it was cancelled last year,” Fisher said. “But I mean you really can’t beat this and it’s for such a good cause too.”

The $90 registration fee and donations that cyclist contribute go towards several of the charities that’s Sea Gull Century supports.

The riders’ efforts assist with the following organizations: ALS Association, American Institute for Cancer Research, ASA of the Eastern Shore, Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Team Chase and Women Supporting Women.

There are also several other local non-profit organizations that benefit from Sea Gull Century. Their contributions provide several Salisbury University grants and scholarships.

A new Sea Gull Century scholarship was developed in memory of the late Robert Schultheis who was this year’s honorary. Schultheis was a 2000 SU graduate and a past rider who’s memory will continue to be remembered.

Despite the weather riders whole-heartedly came ready to bike their way through.

While some were riding there were also cycling vendors inside of Maggs Center showing their support for the cycling community as well.

Mile 1 Athletics Co-owner Diane Bradley shared her enthusiasm for cycling and her contribution to the cycling community.

“”I’ve done Sea Gull Century’s 100 mile ride at least 5 times,” Bradley said. “It really is like the Super bowl for cyclist.”

Bradley’s passion extends beyond the bike as her company caters to cyclist wear for the cyclers.

“This is time to celebrate that you’re a cyclist and this is our passion for our sport,” Bradley said.

Sea Gull Century provides an opportunity for the cycling community to unite through a shared passion and become a part of a larger cause for the sake of others.

“People come from all over the country for this event—it’s kind of a reunion of sorts,” Bradley said. “It’s a time where people from different bike clubs meet, ride, have a good time and then have dinner afterwards. It [the event] certainly captures the pinnacle of the cycling season.”

Women’s Soccer: Sea Gulls lose their third straight, but optimistic about a turnaround

By Lucas McCoy

Staff Writer

The Salisbury University women’s soccer team took on St. Mary’s College of Maryland in a tough matchup on Wednesday afternoon. The Sea Gulls were taken down 2-0 in a very close conference game.  The women’s soccer team now falls to 2-5-3 overall and 1-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

Throughout the entire game the Sea Gulls seemed to be in total control of keeping the game at their pace and time of possession.  However, even with quality shots on goal the issue seemed to just be finishing plays.

Even though the Seahawks scored twice, junior goalkeeper Hope Knussman played outstanding in Wednesday’s tough loss.  Knussman notched 8 total saves throughout the entire game and made many key plays to set her team up for the win the best she possibly could.

“Hope has kept us in a lot of our games, and I think it could have been a lot more to nothing [for us],” junior forward Alex Pryor explained after the game.

“We’re all really proud of her for stepping up, and she kind of got thrown in here last second, but she stepped up big today. Now we are just hoping we can score some so we can help her out,” she continued.

The Sea Gulls were fighting behind in this one as St. Mary’s (6-4, 3-0) managed to tack in their first goal in the 3rd minute of the game.  Even though they were down from the start, Salisbury kept fighting the entire time and showed a true sense of both urgency and resiliency.

“We started out our season kind of slow, and Coach [Kwame Lloyd] got on our tails this past Sunday saying we need to pick it up and trust each other when we play,” Pryor said. “I think this is the first game where we actually had each other’s backs and fought until the last second of the game.”

“I think it is one of the best game’s we’ve played all season despite us losing, and hopefully it can go up from here.”

Junior midfielder Jamie Tacka had a very strong performance against the Seahawks and played aggressively from start to finish. Tacka was a dominant force in her midfield unit and was inches away from scoring the game’s first goal just seconds before the Seahawks managed to put one in during the 3rd minute of play.

“I thought we honestly dominated the whole entire game, we just couldn’t seem to finish,” Tacka explained. “We definitely won the majority of the 50-50 balls, it is just upsetting that we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”

After starting conference play with a win, the Sea Gulls have now fallen to 1-2 in the CAC. Even after a difficult afternoon against St. Mary’s, there was a lot of positive aspects Salisbury can take away from this game and build on for the future.

“I thought we definitely played a lot better than we did last game,” Tacka said. “We did some good things, but we really need to work on finishing and being more aggressive in the final third of the game.”

The Salisbury University women’s soccer team is now looking to pick up their second conference win to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday on the road against Penn State – Harrisburg.

 

Men’s Soccer Preview: Salisbury vs. Southern Virginia

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor

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Following a tough non-conference slate, the Salisbury University men’s soccer team welcomes in Southern Virginia for their first Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) match of the 2016 season this Saturday at 2pm.

While the Sea Gulls (3-2-1) have been very strong to this point, there are still many questions out there for the team to face. Southern Virginia (2-5) on paper looks like an easy team for Salisbury to defeat, but their tough grit does not show up in the stat sheet.

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 After a great start to the season offensively with 11 goals through their first four matches, the Sea Gulls face a dilemma as their offensive production has plateaued. Following their 3-0-1 start to the season, Salisbury has dropped their last two both on the road (2-1 in OT at Neumann, 1-0 at Eastern).

The true problem in these matches may not be the offensive play, but the finishing instead. In most games this season, Salisbury has led their opponents in both shots and shots on goal, but the team can’t seem to finish many of those opportunities.

One major problem for Salisbury was the loss of their star senior forward Leslie Umunna, who is tied for the team lead with 3 goals this year, for two recent games (home vs. Washington College, away at Neumann). A year ago, Umunna led the Sea Gulls with 7 goals.

It is not Umunna’s offensive production that spells his importance to the team. It is instead what he does as part of their typical 4-1-4-1 formation. He is at the ‘number 9’ spot at the top of the formation, so Umunna dictates the offense. The responsibility of the number 9 position is to hold up the ball as a target and jockey with the big opposing defenders. By holding up the ball, Salisbury’s wingers and central attackers can move up the field to find space to work in tandem with Umunna.

Last year, the Sea Gulls had legendary forward Matt Greene who sparked nearly all the offensive success his first few years. With Greene and Umunna able to play up top well, it wasn’t a huge certain if one was out of the lineup up top. With Greene having graduated, Head Coach Alex Hargrove is still in search of the guy to be the second tier player up top in case Umunna goes down. Luckily, it will not be a worry on Saturday because Umunna will officially be back and most likely starting.

“We’ve played a couple different guys across that front line. We’ve had some guys that have gone up there and given us some good minutes. We ask them to go in and give everything they’ve got and be as productive as they can,” Coach Hargrove said.

“We’re looking forward to having [Umunna] back to play close to a full 90 [minutes] on Saturday and being healthy the rest of the season.”

Towards the end of last year, former Head Coach and present SU Athletic Director Gerry DiBartolo played now sophomore defender Josh Lord up top as a sub into Umunna’s position. One big benefit came his way with a deflection goal in the 2015 CAC Championship Game. With his defensive knowledge, Lord was able to have success tracking the ball up top. In recent practices, Lord has seen more time training in the spot up top as he shows more and more physicality.

The argument can be made to try junior forward Brooks Zentgraf up top, but he is much better with quick speed as a winger outside. Freshman midfielder Dolph Hegewisch has been an excellent catalyst for the offense with his passing ability at a sort of ‘number 10’ spot as the center attacking midfielder when he is in the game. Look out for both to draw attention from the SVU defense this Saturday.

On defense, Salisbury has been nearly spotless. Despite the two losses, the Sea Gulls have only given up four goals overall. Their goals against average of 0.64 is nearly even with the team’s in 2015 of 0.62 which was first in the conference.

Their tactics of clogging the midfield so that opposing offenses must move the ball out wide has worked well. However, for teams that work better on the outside, they have punished the Sea Gulls.

The lone goal, early in the match, by Eastern came on a breakaway down the right side. A cross was sent in towards the back post. A Salisbury defender and senior goalkeeper Robert Fiackos missed their coverage, and the ball fell right to the Eastern player running towards the back post to slot it in.

“The mistakes with that goal started 30 seconds before with some poor decisions in possession. There were numerous players who made some poor decisions that allowed a guy to be open at the back post. That’s never a mistake on a goal keeper, but it’s the collection of 11 guys who didn’t do their job in possession and out of it that led to [the goal],” Coach Hargrove said.

“Any game where you only give up one shot on goal and you lose 1-0 is a bit unfortunate. That’s the game of soccer, but we hope to have some of that luck swing our way in the next couple matches.”

The only inconsistency on the defense is at goalkeeper, where injuries and competition have caused a turnstile affect with both seniors Fiackos and Louisville-transfer Dan Brennan both sharing time in net. During Thursday’s practice, Fiackos and Brennan both worked to the side during action after taking on knocks over the course of the last few games.

Brennan has been nursing an injury for the last few matches despite playing backup during Wednesday’s match vs. Eastern. Fiackos went down and had to leave the game in the 17th minute which forced Brennan to enter. The senior transfer played well, but he did not take any free kicks nor goal kicks with the duties being passed on to members of the backline.

Coach Hargrove calls it a “Friday or Saturday decision” for the starting goalkeeping for the match. The team will definitely need to see how the two seniors progress during Friday’s practice into Saturday’s warmups. If Brennan and Fiackos both can’t go, waiting in the ranks could be freshman Samuel Roy who took the reps during practice on Thursday.

The team is built on excellent and experienced defense. The question is will the offense score enough each game to grab wins.

Southern Virginia University (2-5)

 While looking at SVU’s past offensive struggles, Salisbury should not be complaining. After scoring only a total of six goals during all of the 2015 season, SVU has already topped their win total of 1 from a year ago alongside five goals to start this season.

After starting the season 2-2, SVU has dropped their last three while also being shutout in each of the matches. Across the three game span, the team has given up 10 goals to their opponents.

“Their score lines aren’t a great representation of their quality. [Coach Patino] there has done a great job. They’re very organized. They can be difficult to break down. It’s going to take a good collective effort and some individual quality to take them down,” Coach Hargrove said.

Most recently, the team fell at Roanoke College 4-0 on Wednesday Night. While the match featured a tough midfield battle and a lot of competition, problems covering set pieces and crosses marked doom for the Knights.

Notably, Southern Virginia could not mark attackers well defensively. Missed assignments in the man-to-man defense were apparent inside the box. A goalkeeping mistake also led to an open goal shot early in the affair. Just like Salisbury’s game vs. Eastern though, another defender should have that open player marked on the opposite side of the box.

The man-to-man defensive issues could bring an old favorite back for the Sea Gulls: defender Nathaniel Eiben on set pieces.

“It’s very likely you might see Nate Eiben playing in a slightly different position higher up the field, where he gave us some good minutes up there this Wednesday. He’s a guy that has a nose for goal. He’s hungry for it, and he showed that on Wednesday, creating a few chances. I look forward to more of that Saturday,” Coach Hargrove said.

Eiben was highly effective on the offensive side of the ball towards the end of last season. The veteran defender finished third among the Sea Gulls in goals with four, most of which came on set pieces where Eiben could use his head and physicality to get the ball in the back of the net.

The big question for SVU and Head Coach Josh Patino, in his third season, will be if they can hamper the Salisbury offense enough to make a gritty game that could come down to a final goal in overtime. If things don’t go the way of the Knights early, it could be a whole lot of Umunna battering around the defenders similar to what he did in Salisbury’s opening 8-0 win over Wilson College to start the year.

Look for SVU to play conservatively with compact defense to force Salisbury to hold possession and be creative. All day Southern Virginia will be looking for a scrappy goal on a transition attack to catch the Salisbury veteran defense off-guard.

At the end of the day, SVU just wants to end their goalless stride and gain some momentum headed into further CAC play in order to try and make a conference playoff spot. Any result similar to last season’s 4-0 Sea Gull victory in Buena Vista, VA would clearly not be ideal.