Berkman Hits Milestone; Salisbury Dusts Cabrini
from press release
SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team kept its season alive on Wednesday night and will advance to an NCAA Division III tournament semifinal game after defeating Cabrini College 14-4 in a quarterfinal game at Sea Gull Stadium.
With the win, Salisbury Head Coach Jim Berkman now has 400 career victories at SU. "It has been an honor to coach here," Berkman said, "I feel very fortunate to be here and lead these charges. This brings back a lot of memories of some of the first guys that laid the foundation for the program we have today."
Senior midfielder Sam Bradman jump started the Sea Gull offense with the team's first three goals of the game. "Sam got off to a great start, going to the goal early," Berkman said, "We had a couple of talks about him really attacking early."
Those talks paid off as Bradman gave Salisbury the early lead with a goal just 46 seconds into the contest. The Canton, N.Y., native led the Gulls with seven points in the game on six goals and one assist.
After a goal from senior attackman Tony Mendes, Salisbury took a 4-1 lead into the second quarter. Bradman and senior attackman Lantz Carter both netted scores in the second to give the Gulls a 6-2 lead at halftime.
At the half, Cabrini controlled the game at the faceoff X, winning 6-of-9, despite being down on the scoreboard. Salisbury outshot the Cavaliers 21-13 and converted 10-of-13 clears to gain its lead in the first 30 minutes of play.
Salisbury came out of halftime on fire and dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 8-1. Senior attackman Erik Krum netted three scores while Bradman and senior attackman Matt Cannone both had two goals in the period. Cannone posted a five-point game with three assist to go with his two scores.
In the third, Salisbury controlled the game in all aspects to open up the score. The Sea Gull defense caused five Cavalier turnovers and picked up 14 gound balls. The team only turned the ball over one time and won 7-of-10 faceoffs to keep possession.
"In the third quarter we got some easy goals. We got some transition goals, and we got a on a couple of fast breaks," Berkman said. "The defense was dominating throughout. Their strength was negated by our strength."
For the game, the unit forced 18 turnovers and held Cabrini to only 22 shots.
By scoring 14 goals, Salisbury put up the highest offensive output allowed by the Cabrini defense all season; the Cavaliers boasted the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation with 4.47 goals allowed per game entering Wednesday.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Taylor made 11 saves en route to his second NCAA tournament victory.
Salisbury will be in action again on Sunday as Stevenson University will come to Sea Gull Stadium for an NCAA semifinal game. The game time will be announced on Thursday. The winner of Sunday's contest with take on the winner of the other semifinal, Tufts University against the State University of New York at Cortland. The championship game will be played in Foxborough, Mass., on May 27.