Salisbury enjoys first scrimmage
Salisbury answered a few of coach Jim Berkman's questions after the eight-time Division III defending national champion Sea Gulls played St. Joseph's in a scrimmage last Saturday.
Although no score was kept, Berkman noted that Salisbury "had a lot and they had a little." Berkman was particularly pleased to see how well a re-tooled attack unit played despite graduating Matt Hickman and Greg Titus, two of the team's top three scorers last season.
"I thought the attack played pretty solid overall," Berkman said of senior Stephen Krasco, juniors Jake DeLillo and Mike Winter and freshman Matt Canonne. "It'll be a little tougher this Saturday when we're down at Duke for that scrimmage and under a lot more pressure and against lot better defensemen. But they definitely answered the bell in the first scrimmage."
Berkman also enjoyed watching sophomore goalie Johnny Rodriguez. A graduate of Mount St. Joseph, Rodriguez impressed the Salisbury coaching staff with his athleticism and quick hands.
"I like his eagerness to learn," Berkman said. "I don't think he feels pressure. I think he feels extremely excited to have the opportunity, and I think that's one of the reasons why he came here. He knew we had an opening in the cage, and he was dying to play in a program that had a chance to be successful every year. I think he's really seizing the moment."