Home sweet Hobart (5-6) irks Salisbury officials

May 07, 1991|By James H. Jackson

Most call it the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III lacrosse tournament. But not Jim Berkman.

"It looks like the Hobart Invitational instead of the NCAA tournament," said Berkman, the Salisbury State coach who is angered because his No. 1-ranked Sea Gulls (13-0) are not top-seeded and do not have the home-field advantage throughout the tournament.

"We're going to win tomorrow, and then we'll have to fly to Ohio for Sunday's semifinal with Ohio Wesleyan. Hobart will be at home for both the first-round and semifinal games. The committee said it still doesn't know where the championship game will be, but you can bet that if Hobart is in it, the game will be in Geneva, N.Y."

When Salisbury found out Sunday night that it would not have the home-field advantage throughout the tournament, athletic director William Lide said he would contact the NCAA championship committee. Lide said he spoke with a number of NCAA officials yesterday, but it is unlikely a decision would be reversed.

"The selection committee has already approved a plan that if we win in the first round and Ohio Wesleyan wins in the first round, we're going to Ohio Wesleyan to play the semifinal game," said Lide, who still plans to protest formally in writing within several days.

"The schedule has already been set," said Lide, whose team can only play at home in the semifinal round if Washington and Lee beats Ohio Wesleyan tomorrow. "What we're trying to do is ensure that this kind of thing never happens again, not just to us, but any other team that had a successful season like we had."

In tomorrow's opening round: Salisbury State will play host to No. 7 Ithaca (9-2) at 4 p.m.; No. 4 Nazareth (11-1) will visit No. 3 Gettysburg (13-1) at 4 p.m.; No. 6 Washington & Lee (11-3) will travel to No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan (12-3) at 3 p.m.; and No. 9 Clarkson (10-3) will visit defending champion and fifth-ranked Hobart (5-6) at 4 p.m. The Statesmen have won 11 consecutive Division III titles.

Meanwhile, the National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the pairing for its tournament.

In the JuCo tournament at Catonsville Community College, Friday's semifinals will pit Herkimer (14-4) and Farmingdale (11-4) at 1 p.m. Top-seeded Essex CC (14-0) and defending champion Nassau (14-4) will play at 3:30 p.m. The Friday losers will play Saturday at 11 a.m. in the third-place game, and the Friday winners will meet for the championship at 2 p.m.

Essex beat Nassau, 9-8, during the regular season. Nassau beat Herkimer by one goal, and Farmingdale beat Herkimer by one goal.

Essex lost to Nassau, 16-9, in last year's JuCo title game.

The Sun's top 10

No. School... .. .. ... ... Record.. .... Pts... ... Pre.

1. North Carolina.. .. .. .. 12-0... .. .. 80.. .. .... 1

2. Brown.. .. .. .. .. . ... 13-0.. .. ... 72.. .. .... 2

3. Johns Hopkins... ... .... 8-3.. .. ... 59.. ... ... 6

4. Princeton.. .. .. .. .... 11-2.. .. ... 58... .. ... 4

5. Virginia.... .. .. .. ... 10-3... .. .. 47.... .. .. 5

6. Syracuse.. .. .. .. .. ... 9-2... .. .. 39... ... .. 7

7. Loyola.. .. .. .. .. .. .. 7-3.. .. ... 28.. ... ... 8

8. Towson State.. .. .. .. .. 8-3.. .. ... 23.. ... ... 9

9. Maryland... .. .. .. .. .. 8-4... .. .. 21... .. ... 3

10. Massachusetts.. .. .. .. 9-3.. .. ... 8.. ... .. 10

Other schools receiving votes: Duke 3, Rutgers 3.

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