Postscript from Salisbury at Washington
With a 15-3 record in the regular season, the No. 5 Sea Gulls will just have to sit and wait until the Division III bracket is released. Coach Jim Berkman thinks eight-time reigning national champion Salisbury will not get a seed higher than No. 4 in the South Region, which would mean a first-round bye and maybe one game at Sea Gull Stadium. But Berkman said his team should be prepared for life on the road.
"With the road that we have paved, we are going to have to win games on opponents’ fields," he said. "We might get one home playoff game. The journey to Stevenson, the journey to Washington College, we’re not going to get any harder avenues to play in. So that’s been good for this team, to experience that, so that when we go to the playoffs and they know it’s do or die and we’re going to play on someone else’s field, it’s not like it’s the first time."
With three losses, this Salisbury squad has accumulated more setbacks than the Sea Gulls had compiled since 2003. (That would be a total of two losses.) But if the sharks smell blood in the water, junior midfielder Mike Von Kamecke is not concerned.
"We’re defending our championship right now," he said. "Anyone can win it this year. It’s up for grabs, and that just makes it that much more interesting. Once you win that championship, you definitely want to go back and win it again."
*Although Salisbury has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Shoremen and the last nine, Saturday’s victory was anything but easy. The outcome was the sixth one-goal game in the "War on the Shore" series, and the last four have occurred in Chestertown. "Any time you come to Washington College, it’s going to be a close game," Sea Gulls senior midfielder Kylor Berkman said. "You’re not going to steamroll your archrivals. We knew that it was going to be a tough game and to come out with a win keeps us going in a positive direction."
*Two of the more unusual goals ever witnessed occurred Saturday. In the second quarter, Salisbury junior attackman Mike Winter caught a pass from junior attackman Jake DeLillo, and as his momentum took him across the slot from right to left, Winter swung his stick behind his ankles and slipped the ball past Shoremen senior goalkeeper Gordon Cohen (11 saves). With 2.3 seconds left in the third period, senior midfielder Matt Moreton appeared to heave a desperation shot from almost in front of the Sea Gulls bench that was a good five feet above the cage. But the ball found the upper right corner of the net. Afterwards, Jim Berkman said the ball deflected off a defenseman’s stick and into the cage.
*Washington senior Thayer Damm had a game to remember. The face-off specialist won 12 of 22 face-offs, but he was at his best in the pivotal third quarter when he won seven of eight face-offs and picked up six groundballs off those wins. The Shoremen had gone just four of 14 on face-offs in the first half. "I just went out there and did what I always try to do," said Damm, who finished with a game-high 13 groundballs. "I changed my move a tiny bit, and it worked a little better."
*Here’s a note from Salisbury’s sports information office. Saturday’s announced attendance of 2,511 is a record at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium. The series record for attendance is 2,975, which occurred last season in at Sea Gull Stadium.