Berkman bucks the trend
Salisbury coach Jim Berkman isn't one victory shy of the NCAA record for career wins by a coach by maintaining the status quo.
Berkman, who is 325-35 in 21 years of coaching, began this season with junior Riley Clark in goal. Clark, who played in 17 games last spring, started in the Sea Gulls' first 11 contests, but was pulled after surrendering two goals to Gettysburg in the first nine minutes of the game on March 29.
Berkman inserted junior Zach Krissoff, and the Annapolis native and graduate has started the last six contests. Although Krissoff has a better goals-against average (5.35 to 7.23) and save percentage (.617 to .527) than Clark, Berkman said he would not hesitate to use Clark if the situation called for a goalie change.
"I think most of the players on our team would say that it didn’t matter who was in goal, that they could both stop the ball," Berkman said. "And no one had emerged to be that much better than the other one. Riley had a big game against Dennison and then he had a rough start in the Gettysburg game. Zach answered the bell and Zach had a great game the other day. … We’ve got two really good goalies, and we feel very good about them. They both handled it extremely well. If you go to the tailgates after the game, who are the two guys sitting together? It’s Riley’s and Zach’s dads."
Krissoff will need to play well today against a Washington team that averages 12.8 goals per game. The Shoremen (12-1), ranked No. 4 by Inside Lacrosse, are itching to beat No. 1 Salisbury (17-0) for the first time since May 4, 2002 -- a string of seven consecutive losses for Washington.