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.


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.


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.


Photo By: Kathy Pusey

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


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.

Salisbury University (3-2-1)

 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.