Salisbury, Tufts comfortable with unsettled situations
The NCAA Division III Tournament pits two teams that thrive under chaotic circumstances.
There are no official statistics on goals scored during transition or unsettled situations, but Tufts, the No. 2 seed from the North region, has outscored its opponents by 91 goals this season and boasts seven players with at least 11 goals each.
Salisbury, the No. 1 seed from the South region, has outscored its opponents by a mind-boggling 189 goals and features seven players with at least 10 goals each.
Jumbos coach Mike Daly said his players look forward to taking advantage of unsettled situations.
"Certainly something that our guys are great about embracing and working with me on is we’re about to put 18- to 22-year-old young men on the field and with 20 of them on at the same time, a lot of crazy stuff happens," he said. "So we embrace that chaos a little bit and our guys are great about not worrying about the last play but worrying about the next play. We like – as Salisbury does – to create as much of those 18- to 22-year-old chaos and mistakes, and when it goes great, it’s one of the most beautiful things to watch. So we want to harness that energy and turn into what we’ve been able to turn it into 19 times this year."
Salisbury, however, might be one team well-prepared for Tufts’ transition game, according to coach Jim Berkman.
"Well, I don’t think it’s anything different from what we do every day in practice," he said. That’s the way we play. We’re running up and down and we’re making good decisions, and our drills reflect that in practice. We’ve never had a problem with playing fast."