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

By ZACH GILLELAND

Sports Reporter

@_zachariahg

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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.

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South Pole, the ice cream

By SYLLIA NEWSTEAD

Staff Writer

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On August 8th, a new ice cream place opened up in Salisbury, right here on campus.

South Pole Ice Cream Roll, a rolled ice cream joint, is located at Seagull Square, 1306 S. Salisbury Boulevard. Customers get to experience this ice cream style that originated in Thailand.

Fresh ingredients are placed on an ice plate of -12 degrees Fahrenheit, which each customer can see being prepared for them. The ingredients are crushed together and then spread across the ice plate to become rolled.

The process transforms liquid ice cream into a solid, and the customer gets to choose three toppings that can go on each cup. South Pole has 12 flavors to choose from and a total of 15 toppings.

According to Maddison Adkins, a South Pole employee, the most popular flavors are Oreo Secret, which contains Oreo and chocolate syrup and Cookies N Cream.

With your first visit you receive a loyalty card which allows you to collect five stamps, one per purchase, and filling the card gets you a free ice cream.

This store, and rolled ice cream in general, are becoming a hit with many different types of costumers coming to try some rolled ice cream.

“I feel that it is revolutionary because it is going to catch on since it is something different,” Rachel Brown, senior HR Management major said.

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Katie Latorre, sophomore, states, “It was a cool experience to watch ice cream being made,” and calls South Pole “very yummy.”

The process of turning the ice cream with the other ingredients into a solid form takes about two minutes. Based on which flavor you get, employees put a design on top while making the ice cream, an example being writing in chocolate syrup “Kiss & Tell” for the Kiss & Tell flavor.

According to their website, The style in making the ice cream was inspired by the way bartenders make their drinks; fast and addicting.

South Pole is not the first rolled ice cream place to open up, but it is the first in the Eastern Shore. There is a second South Pole location open in Ocean City, Md.

Groups from campus have already had fundraising events at South Pole.

This $6.60 cup is a gift to sweeten the taste buds.

Getting to Know Salisbury University and the Surrounding City

By THERESA TUMMINELLO

Staff Writer

@theresa_tumm

Getting to know Salis. Theresa Tumminello

Whether you come from a small town or large town, getting to know somewhere new can be difficult, but getting to know Salisbury does not have to be.

Salisbury is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in Wicomico County. This 13-mile-long town offers many opportunities, such as great places to eat, places to relax and read a book, volunteer opportunities and social events.

Route 13 has about all of the food options you could imagine, including chain restaurants and individually owned restaurants alike. Many of these places deliver, or offer some sort of student discount, while some even accept Gull Cards.

With many options just a short walk from campus, it is a great alternative to commons food. And when you are craving some chicken, keep in mind that the Chick Fil A on campus takes dining dollars as well.

Take advantage of the numerous beautiful rivers that run through sections of Salisbury. Find yourself a spot and escape after a long day of classes.

Salisbury also offers a variety of places to let loose with friends such as Southbound Alley, a bowling alley located just over a mile from campus. They offer students discounts, and it is the perfect place to take a break from homework and unwind.

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, there are plenty of opportunities to do that as well. Consider giving your time to the Eastern Shore Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity or the Humane Society of Wicomico County, who are always looking for extra hands and help.

Downtown Salisbury is a small historic town just a few miles from campus. They host events such as 3rd Friday in the fall, which is a chance for members of the community to take a trip downtown and take part in the many events they organize.

Each Friday is different and special in its own way. The Downtown Trolley runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and runs every 45 minutes from 7 p.m. – 2 p.m.

A ride for the evening comes at a cost of just one dollar. Check out their website for a description of upcoming events.

Jesse Campbell, communications professor at SU, first planted his roots in Salisbury in 1988. He attended Salisbury University as a student and after moving to Washington, D.C for a few years, he found himself back in the city that he describes as one that you cannot wait to leave, but miss greatly when you do.

“It has a unique feeling of home, you miss it. You certainly get a great connection from being here”.

Campbell offers advice to go be a part of the city. He stresses that participating is a good way to affect change and get the best experience.

If you don’t have a car, or simply do not have time between homework and studying to travel anywhere off campus, there are plenty of events held on campus as well.

The Student Organization for Activity Planning, better known as SOAP, organizes numerous activities every week such as taco night, movie night, paint night and more. Look out for weekly emails from Student Activities and be sure to take the opportunity to go to a few.

Salisbury University does a great job of keeping students aware of events happening both on and off campus, so be sure to check your email daily!

Take part in the opportunities this town offers both on and off campus, join a club or two, and do not be afraid to be social and get out there. Your college experience is what you make out of it, so make it great!

Wesley & Marymount (Va.) departing CAC

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

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Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) logo. CAC Handbook

 

Other than in football, the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) marks the schedules each season for Salisbury University’s varsity sports. Salisbury has been an important member of the conference since 1993 when the Sea Gulls joined the then-seven team conference.

Since Salisbury joined the CAC, it was a consistent conference of eight teams until 2007. Over the last decade, additions and subtractions have come and gone, and the CAC may be going under another transformation within the next academic year. The conference is currently at 10 teams, but that will soon change come the next academic year.

Marymount University (Va.), one of the original charter members of the CAC, will be leaving the conference shortly. Joining the Saints in their exodus will be Wesley College, after the school recently joined the conference in 2007.

“Wesley and Marymount are leaving the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. They will be joining a new conference, which is made up of primarily faith-based institutions. Both schools felt that it better fit with their mission and their values,” SU Athletics Director Dr. Gerry DiBartolo told The Flyer.

The new conference that is coming is rumored to be focused around the Baltimore and Philadelphia metro regions as schools from multiple current-conferences come together.

The topic of departing the conference first appeared at this past summer’s end of the year meetings at the end of May on the campus of St. Mary’s (Md.). Wesley and Marymount mentioned that it was a possibility that they would be moving elsewhere. For new CAC Commissioner Jeff Ligney, who started in his position this summer, it was a big surprise.

“It caught many of us, including myself, off-guard a little bit. We hadn’t really heard too much before that, that there was any really talk about schools leaving the conference,” Ligney said.

It was just a few months later in July that the two schools notified the conference of their decision to move to a new conference to-be-formed, citing that they thought the decision was best for their student-athletes.

According to Ligney, the two schools wanted to compete in a conference more aligned with their faith-based institutions. They were also concerned about the geographic blueprint of the CAC from their locations.

“It was just something that they thought would be best for their student-athletes. It was hard to argue against (their reasoning). We love having them as members,” Ligney said.

Another chapter in recent CAC realignment

With Marymount’s departure, only three charter members will be left in the CAC: University of Mary Washington, York College of Pennsylvania, and St. Mary’s. Since 2007, turbulence has hit the conference with Hood College, Stevenson University, Goucher College, Gallaudet University and the Catholic University of America all leaving.

“This is a movement seen all-across the country. Conference realignment is happening everywhere, and certainly this isn’t the first time the CAC has gone through this,” Ligney said.

Ligney points to colleges and universities consistently reevaluating the costs of their resources and what works best for their institutions.

Despite the previous realignment, the CAC found stability again since 2010 with the additions of Frostburg State in 2010 and then Christopher Newport University, Penn State University – Harrisburg and Southern Virginia in 2013. Now with the departure of two more schools, questions arise as to the future and stability of the CAC once again.

DiBartolo sees the conference post-2017/18 as promising. He notes that an eight-member conference is typical.

“That’s pretty average and pretty normal-sized for a Division III athletic conference,” DiBartolo said.

The eight institutions coming into the 2018-19 academic year are York, St. Mary’s, CNU, Frostburg St., Penn St. – Harrisburg, Southern Virginia, Mary Washington and Salisbury.

“We still have strong members. There are some efforts under way in terms of looking at perhaps identifying new members, looking at the possibility of new members,” DiBartolo said.

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Salisbury University athletics has been very successful during their time in the CAC, winning national titles across many sports. Chris Mackowiak photo

One abnormality this does arise is the usual-balance of public and private institutions in the CAC. As of next year, only two of the eight remaining CAC schools are private institutions: Southern Virginia and York.

Possibilities seem bright for the CAC to add new members, especially after they added new members soon after losing them in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Via a D3hoops.com report this past summer, Southern Virginia was also looking towards the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) as a potential destination geographically, but those thoughts were ended when Ferrum College was added by the ODAC instead.

As the highest-ranking athletics official at Salisbury University, DiBartolo is confident in the stability of the CAC and the loyalty of its members.

“The eight members that will remain in the conference after the 17/18 year are committed to the [CAC], and they want to do whatever they can and whatever we can to continue this fine athletic tradition of this conference,” DiBartolo said.

Alongside Salisbury University, the other seven members of the conference also confirmed their allegiance to the CAC during a meeting of the conference’s board of directors, who are each institution’s president, recently. With that confirmation from the remaining eight schools, Ligney does not have concerns for now about any other departures soon.

“Not as this time, I do not have any concerns about anyone else looking at their options to leave the conference,” Ligney said.

Future of the CAC and Salisbury University Athletics

As of now, the conference looks to brave the storm of realignment as they have in the last decade. To address concerns, Ligney put together a CAC membership committee to look over the recent issues.

“We have put a membership committee together to look at where we are at and we’re going to do going forward. We’re still in that process. We have not made any plans as of yet,” Ligney said.

The conference commissioner says that the committee will have a plan in place for the CAC over the next couple of months. DiBartolo also noted that all options are on the table, but the conference may be looking to add more members in the future.

For the Sea Gulls and their fans, the main concern is with Salisbury’s place in the whole equation. As one of those eight members, it is clear, at this point in time, that SU is sticking with the CAC as they have since 1993. Salisbury has enjoyed athletic and academic success in the conference, both at the local and national levels.

According to DiBartolo, one of the main factors that Salisbury enjoys in the CAC is the spread of the conference, allowing Salisbury to recruit well and compete across the Mid-Atlantic region.

“[The CAC] is kind of a mirror-image of the Division III membership group. It’s a combination of smaller and larger institutions. It’s a combination of public and private institutions,” DiBartolo said.

“We have a fairly wide geographic footprint, which allows institutions, like a Salisbury, to go out to the western part of the state and go up into Pennsylvania and compete and to go into Virginia and compete.”

All Salisbury athletics really knows of their national success has come as part of the CAC. It is one partnership that has overcome the ups-and-downs over the last few decades.

While it is preferable for Salisbury to stay in the CAC, the recent news of the departure of Wesley and Marymount displays that conference realignment is always alive and well. At least for now, do not worry fans, the CNU-Salisbury rivalry is not going anywhere.

“The competitiveness of the members of the conference, the success level of the many members within the conference, the comradery among the coaching staffs and the athletic directors and the presidents, are all things that make this a conference we want to stay in and a conference that is good for Salisbury,” DiBartolo said.

Both DiBartolo and Ligney spoke of the conference’s wide blueprint. The CAC still consists of both private and public institutions, a wide range of student populations, and a geographic footprint spanning from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

“Our presidents and [athletic directors] understand that that means that our student-athletes are getting a diverse experience when they go to these different places to play these teams. And we have kids from all over the country. That’s not always common in Division III conferences,” Ligney said.

The Flyer reached out to representatives from Wesley College and Marymount University. Wesley did not wish to comment on the situation. Marymount did not respond to requests for an interview.

SU Flyer Sports Podcast: 9-10 Weekend Recap

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK & ZACH GILLELAND

Sports Editor/Sports Reporter

@cmackowiakSGSN/@_zachariahg

In the first The Flyer Sports Podcast of 2017, sports editor Chris Mackowiak and sports reporter Zach Gilleland break down the weekend that was in Salisbury University Athletics. Football and field hockey were in action on campus, while both soccer teams and women’s volleyball hit the road for tournaments. Hear the results and the thoughts of the sports staff behind those results. Check back each week for a new edition of the podcast.

Inside the Salisbury schedule: 2017 Women’s Soccer

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

Consistency: one thing that was tough to find in SU women’s soccer last season. Injuries in the core of the season threw the Sea Gulls off-balance as they continued to search for their identity, chemistry and formation.

Despite senior losses including much of their midfield, fifth-year SU head coach Kwame Lloyd looks to find that consistency at the beginning of the 2017 campaign as a youth-heavy 2016 squad adds another year of experience under its belt.

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No. 10 SU forward Ruthie Lucas holds the ball up for her team. Kaitlin Poling photo

With a record of 5-8-4 (4-4-1 CAC), SU still squeezed into the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) playoffs, but did not fare well, losing 2-1 in the first round at third-seeded St. Mary’s College of Maryland. A part of that overall record was a 3-4 home record and a 0-1-3 overtime record. One thing is simple, Salisbury must start defending the SU Soccer Complex and start winning in the clutch in 2017.

With senior striker Ruthie Lucas and senior stalwart center back Rachel Anderson both returning, the leadership is there to progress and grow in 2017. While Sea Gull fans should not expect a complete turnaround this campaign, a consistent identity and formation would be key progress.

Below the Flyer looks at the 2017 Salisbury women’s soccer schedule and analyzes the top-five match days to keep an eye on.

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Under head coach Kwame Lloyd, SU looks to build on their 2016 campaign with a berth and win in the CAC Tournament. Kaitlin Poling photo

Top-Five Match-ups of 2017

Sept. 1 – vs. Shenandoah University Hornets (in SU Soccer Classic)

This match is the first of five Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) vs. Sea Gull battles in 2017 for SU women’s soccer. SU starts off once again in their own Salisbury University Soccer Classic, which is a key way to garner momentum in the new year.

Shenandoah is an example of an ‘upper middle of the pack’ team that SU should contend with and, hopefully for fans, defeat. Following a 13-7-1 (7-3 ODAC) season in 2016, the Hornets advanced to the ODAC Semifinals before falling to top-seeded Washington & Lee.

After SU went 1-4-3 against non-conference foes last season, this is a good situation to get a win against an upper-pack ODAC squad in their own friendly confines. A win here is a great avenue into SU Soccer Classic Day No. 2 when the Sea Gulls host Liberty League Champion and NCAA Quarterfinalist William Smith (21-1, 8-0 LL).

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SU No. 30 senior centerback Rachel Anderson sends the ball up the field. Kaitlin Poling photo

Sept. 9 – vs. Roanoke College (Neutral Site: Lynchburg, Va.)

In their second tournament of the season, the Sea Gulls will travel deep into the heart of Virginia and ODAC-country for match-ups with both Lynchburg College and Roanoke College in the Shellenberger Classic. Fans should not write off Salisbury in their Day No. 1 match against 2016 NCAA Tournament team Lynchburg College (15-3-3, 7-1-2 ODAC), but on a neutral site, their Sunday game vs. Roanoke provides an opportunity for a solid resume win.

The Roanoke Maroons fell victim to Shenandoah in the ODAC Quarterfinals last season, but they put together a 9-6-4 (7-3 ODAC) campaign before that. Roanoke is another one of the upper-pack ODAC teams that SU can get a confident win against. When the two teams faced off in 2016, it ended in a 1-1 draw in Short Pump, Va.

Look for this to be another fun match-up, and maybe the Sea Gulls will come home 2-0 on the weekend and surprise the ODAC.

Sept. 16 – vs. Catholic University of America

Don’t worry. The ODAC Craze is now done, moving into the Landmark Conference with the Catholic University of America. Sea Gull fans may remember a tough 3-2 overtime defeat at the Cardinals a season ago.

Now SU gets their Landmark foes at home as the lone home match from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6 in a massive road stretch (nine games). Catholic went only as far as the Landmark Semifinals, falling to Moravian, after putting together an 11-4 (4-3 Landmark) season.

This match provides ample opportunity against one of their familiar opponents across the Chesapeake Bay. Another win against a upper-pack non-conference team can help keep the confidence brewing on the tough stretch. The Sea Gulls will be excited to be home too.

Oct. 4 – at St. Mary’s (Md.)

Now into the CAC where SU has had their struggles in recent competition. Going 4-4-1 in the conference in 2016, there were highs and lows and many close results with the Sea Gulls on the wrong end of the stick.

At the end of Sept., Salisbury ends a five-game road stint with matches at the University of Mary Washington and at St. Mary’s (Md.). Either one of these opponents could have made the top-five, but the St. Mary’s match is an excellent spring board in the following week’s four-game home stretch. No matter what occurs over the four road matches leading up to this game, three points here will help solidify the Sea Gull confidence at home.

Salisbury and St. Mary’s were familiar with each other last season, meeting two times including in the CAC First Round. The Seahawks won both contests by a goal aggregate of 4-1.

For Salisbury to make progress and take its next step, they need to start getting results against the upper-CAC opponents such as St. Mary’s, Mary Washington, Frostburg State and also Christopher Newport. At the end of the day, draws are always better than losses and that could pave the way for a higher conference playoff seed.

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SU No. 8 former forward Erin McQuate and No. 5 sophomore midfielder Emma Faust start play. Franny Clark photo

Oct. 15 – vs. York College (Pa.)

Spartans vs. Sea Gulls marked one of the most important matches for SU women’s soccer in the CAC Playoff hunt last season. Salisbury fell 1-0 at York. Luckily, SU bounced back the following game in a 5-1 home win against Wesley to clinch the CAC sixth seed.

However, matches like these are ones that the Sea Gulls must start getting favorable results in, or just not being shut out (five times in 2016). York ended up with the fifth seed in 2016 partially due to this result. 2017 might hold much of the same prophecy on the importance of this match.

This season, the match occurs in the midst of a four-game home CAC stretch for SU and just prior to the Sea Gulls’ home battle with CNU. Coming off matches with Marymount (Va.) and Penn State – Harrisburg, it is a solid chance at a consistent favorable result streak for SU. Momentum into the CNU match will be key for Salisbury to ‘pull the upset.’

And if Salisbury is teetering towards the end of the season again, these three points at home could be crucial.

Stay tuned to The Flyer as we prepare for the start of the 2017 Fall sports season.

Remaining SU women’s soccer match schedule (home matches in bold):

Sept. 2 – vs. William Smith (at SU Soccer Classic)

  • 2016: 21-1 (8-0 LL); Liberty League Champions; NCAA Quarterfinalist

Sept. 5 – vs. Washington College

  • 2016: 5-10-1 (0-9 Centennial Conference)

Sept. 8 – at Lynchburg College (Shellenberger Classic)

  • 2016: 15-3-3 (7-1-2 ODAC); ODAC Semifinalist, NCAA Second Round

Sept. 13 – at Virginia Wesleyan College

  • 2016: 12-6-3 (7-0-3 ODAC); ODAC Championship finalist
  • NCAA First Round; defeated SU 2-0 in 2016

Sept. 19 – at Rutgers-Newark

  • 2016: 1-12-2 (0-9 New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Sept. 23 – at Southern Virginia University

  • 2016: 6-11 (2-7 CAC); fell to SU 1-0

Sept. 24 – at Bridgewater College (Va.)

  • 2016: 13-5-1 (6-3-1 ODAC); ODAC Quarterfinalist

Sept. 30 – at University of Mary Washington

  • 2016: 11-6-2 (6-2-1 CAC); defeated SU 1-0 in 2016

Oct. 7 – at Penn State-Harrisburg

  • 2016: 6-12 (3-6 CAC); fell to SU 4-0 in 2016

Oct. 11 – vs. Marymount University (Va.)

  • 2016: 7-9 (2-7 CAC); fell to SU 4-0 in 2016

Oct. 18 – vs. Christopher Newport University

  • 2016: 17-3-1 (8-0-1 CAC); CAC Champions
  • NCAA Second Round; drew against SU 1-1 in 2OT

Oct. 21 – at Frostburg State University

  • 2016: 10-10-1 (7-2 CAC); defeated SU 2-0 in 2016

Oct. 25 – at Wesley College

  • 2016: 4-11-1 (0-9 CAC) fell to SU 5-1 in 2016

CAC Tournament: Oct. 28, 31 and Nov. 4

Inside the Salisbury schedule: 2017 Football

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

The Salisbury University football team started off 2016 at 4-0 with dreams building towards a second consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) crown. The first night of the season under the ‘Friday night lights’ seemed to be a precursor for a bountiful campaign. It was Game No. 5 at Rowan University when the train went off the track.

As injuries to starting quarterback Ryan Jones and starting super back Connor Canonico piled up, the team was without certain core leaders and then fell just short in a battle with the top defense in the NJAC at the time.

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The Salisbury defense digs into the trenches vs. Albright College last season; featured: No. 42 senior linebacker Devon McClain, and No. 74 senior defensive lineman Brandon Robeson. Megan Findle photo.

After a brief three-game winning streak, the Sea Gulls still were on track to repeat as NJAC Champions, until they faced their rival Wesley Wolverines and Frostburg State Bobcats. The Wesley machine ran through Sea Gull Stadium in their mission for redemption following a 1-2 start to their season. Then, on the road in Frostburg, Salisbury fell victim to the Bobcats in the Regents Cup, which officially sent Salisbury’s hopes for an NJAC title packing.

While Salisbury did get a dominant win in the ECAC Legacy Bowl in Philadelphia, there was much left on the table to be desired after 2016. SU finished the season 8-3 (6-3 NJAC) and tied for third in the NJAC.

Now moving into 2017, there are many questions in the air surrounding Salisbury, mostly concerning the unknowns. In a year following a season without a conference title, maybe this ‘underdog’ title allows a higher ceiling for this Sea Gull squad; a squad picked to finish third in the NJAC this season. From the NJAC, only Wesley (No. 11) and Frostburg State (No. 17) were called upon in the D3football.com preseason rankings.

There is much talent to fill, especially on the offensive end, but time will tell as we move toward the start of the 2017 season as to which players to watch. For now, the released Salisbury schedule provides a road back for a second NJAC title in three years.

SU faces a similar road when they last won the NJAC title in 2015. There hope is for similar results. Below The Flyer breaks down the five most potent match-ups to watch for this 2017 season. Check the remaining schedule at the bottom of the article, and let us know your thoughts on SU and the road to the title.

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Salisbury senior quarterback Brandon Lewis (No. 15) holds for junior kicker Alex Potocko as he attempts a field goal. Megan Findle photo

Five match-ups to watch for:

Sept. 1: At Albright College; Shirk Stadium, Reading, Pa.

  • 2016: 8-3 (7-2 MAC)
  • Postseason: Defeated Franklin & Marshall in Centennial-MAC Bowl Series
  • 2016 at SU: SU won 34-18 in season opener

The 2016 season opener marked the first football game to be held in the new Sea Gull Stadium. It did not disappoint from the start for Salisbury fans when SU sophomore wide receiver Sean Rowland returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

While this game is sure to produce excitement, it is also a key test and resume builder for the Sea Gulls in Week No. 1 as it marks the only non-conference game of the regular season. Both Albright and Salisbury have become very familiar with each other, battling in the last three seasons.

For whoever takes over the SU starting quarterback job, most likely Brandon Lewis, it will be their first start and first chance to make a mark on 2017.

Oct. 7: Vs. Christopher Newport University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 7-3 (6-3 NJAC)
  • 2016 vs. SU: SU won 45-24

Following an upset of Wesley early on in 2016, CNU was sailing through their campaign until they ran into a high-flying Sea Gulls offense. In 2015, CNU was one of the few teams to defeat the Sea Gulls, and the Captains provide a potential challenge looking into 2017.

CNU draws the Sea Gulls following SU’s2017 bye week, while the Captains come off of a home game against a formidable Rowan squad. On offense, senior quarterback K.J. Kearney returns to lead the charge after passing for over 2200 yards and 18 touchdowns, alongside just eight interceptions. Leading tackler and senior linebacker Brennan Gary returns on the defensive side of the ball, looking to add to his 17.5 tackles for loss a season ago.

Oct. 28: Vs. Rowan University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 6-4 (5-4 NJAC)
  • 2016 vs. SU: Rowan won 34-30

The excitement builds up towards the final three games of the regular season. The good news for SU is that they host two of the three teams they fell to in 2016. The bad news is that the Sea Gulls face the three teams they lost to in 2016 within three consecutive weeks.

Rowan drew Salisbury at the right time in the schedule last season, when SU had offensive stars pretty bent up. They may not be so lucky this season. The Profs face SU as part of a two-game road stretch, following a trip to Dover, Del. to battle conference-favorite Wesley.

The Sea Gulls host Rowan as part of a two-game home stand. This series has brought fantastic football the last two seasons. One of the best offenses (SU) against one of the best defenses (Rowan). The Profs will yearn for better offense in 2017 after averaging only 18 points-per-game (PPG) in 2016.

Aiding their offense this season, is the return of now seniors, quarterback Dante Pinckney and running back Gawain Bragg. Pinckney enters his third season as the starter, after he passed for 1928 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. The 2016 leading-rusher Bragg looks to build on his 647 rushing yards last year.

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The Salisbury offense comes out on to the field vs. Albright. Megan Findle photo

Nov. 4: At Wesley College;

  • 2016: 9-3 (8-1 NJAC); NJAC Co-Champions (received NCAA automatic berth)
  • Postseason: Defeated Stevenson in NCAA First Round; fell at John Carroll in NCAA Second Round
  • 2016 at SU: Wesley defeated SU 44-27

Wesley represents one of the toughest tests for Salisbury over the years. The match-up essentially decided the NJAC champion the last two seasons. Surely enough, it will again in 2017.

The Wolverines will look for a different start to 2017, after falling to both CNU and Delaware Valley to start 2016. The Dover, Del. college hosts SU as part of their final two-game home stand of the season, while SU travels up U.S. Route 13 in the midst of their toughest stretch.

For Wesley, Nick Falkenberg seems to be the hot hand under center to start 2017, over Dan Kesack. Both saw time starting over the course of 2016, but Falkenberg threw for 16 of 26 for 311 yards and four touchdowns in Salisbury last season. In the backfield, despite the departure of leading-rusher Jamar Baynard, sophomore E.J. Lee returns as a front runner for the starting job with his 512 yards on the ground last season.

Nov. 11: Vs. Frostburg State University;

  • 2016: 10-1 (8-1 NJAC); NJAC Co-Champions
  • Postseason: Defeated St. John Fisher in ECAC ASA S. Bushnell Bowl
  • 2016 vs. SU: FSU won 21-17

The Sea Gulls are happy to have the Regents Cup back within the friendly confines of Sea Gull Stadium this season, following a loss in Frostburg. Memories of the miraculous second half comeback from SU quarterback Ryan Jones and former wide receiver Isaiah Taylor in 2015 flood this season finale.

Frostburg has proven a large growth in the last season and may find themselves once again at the table towards the end of the season. While this features the classic rivalry again, it also might be a pseudo NJAC title game.

The Bobcats’ toughest stretch is the first five games of the season when they face Stevenson, Rowan, CNU and Wesley. Junior quarterback Connor Cox should return as the starter in 2017 after accumulating 1,864 passing yards and 17 touchdowns last season. Alongside Cox’s 330 net rushing yards, junior leading-rusher Jamaal Morant returns with his 816 rushing yards.

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Salisbury senior punter Tim Steindl punts a ball off into the night vs. Albright College in the 2016 season opener. Megan Findle photo

Remaining Schedule:

Sept. 9: vs. William Patterson University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 2-8 (1-8 NJAC); SU won 77-19 at WPU last season

Sept. 16: at Kean University;

  • 2016: 7-4 (5-4 NJAC); SU won at home 36-14 last season
  • Postseason: Defeated Cortland State in ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl

Sept. 23: at The College of New Jersey;

  • 2016: 2-8 (2-7 NJAC); SU won 41-6 at home

Oct. 14: at Montclair State University;

  • 2016: 7-3 (6-3 NJAC); SU won 45-24 at CNU last season

Oct. 21: vs. Southern Virginia University; Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, Md.

  • 2016: 2-8 (1-8 NJAC); SU won 35-0 at SVU

2017-18 Salisbury men’s basketball schedule released Wednesday

By CHRIS MACKOWIAK

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By CHASE GORSKI

Staff Writer

@cgorski12

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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.