WESTMINSTER -- With Salisbury State's starting attack gone from last year's Division III national runner-up team, Sea Gulls coach Rick Berkman had to wonder whether his offense would have trouble repeating its 1991 performance.
After yesterday's game at Western Maryland, Berkman need not wonder any longer.
This year's attack, led by Chris Boyle, Dod Poe (Loyola) and Jeff Chenowith (Fallston), combined for 11 goals and nine assists to help the Sea Gulls trounce the Green Terrors, 20-2, in the opening game for both teams.
"I wasn't expecting it to be that easy," said Berkman. "We've got a couple of guys that we weren't sure what they could do, but they're getting better all the time. We're going to be real good by the end of the year, once that attack gets a little more experience."
Western Maryland played the Sea Gulls tough early in the game. The Terrors trailed 2-1 with 2:31 left in the first quarter, but Salisbury scored six straight goals to take an 8-1 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Sea Gulls' offense took charge, scoring six goals in both the third and fourth quarters.
"We had a decent number of shots, but lost some opportunities with poor shooting," said Western Maryland coach Mike Williams. "In the second half, they dominated the game."
Brian Sattler and Joe Furnari were Western Maryland's lone scorers. Ben Berquist (Towson) and Bob Calabritto added two goals apiece for Salisbury.
The Terrors will travel to Widener tomorrow.
The Sea Gulls face Roanoke at Loyola High on Sunday.
Salisbury State... 4... 4... 6... 6... --... 20
Western Md. ...... 1... 0... 1... 0... --... 2
Goals: SS--Poe 5, Chenowith 3, Boyle 3, Berquist 2, Calabritto 2, Hohner, Morley, Gourley, Malfa, Modesitt; WM--Sattler, Furnari. Assists: SS--Boyle 6, Gourley 3, Hohner 2, Chenowith 2, Poe, Morley, Webb, Berquist, Russell, G. Murrell; WM--Kassemeyer. Saves: SS--Sanders 7, T. Murrell 1; WM--Lynch 18, Brunco 5.