Salisbury State will be missing two-thirds of its starting attack unit for the opening round of the NCAA Division III lacrosse tournament. Coach Jim Berkman has suspended seniors Paul Smith and Mike Austin for Sunday's quarterfinal game against Roanoke College for "breaking a team rule." He would not comment further on the violation. The players will be reinstated if Salisbury reaches the semifinals next Sunday.
The Salisbury Daily Times reported yesterday that Smith and Austin, who are tied for third on the team in scoring with 66 points, were arrested in a bank parking lot beside Pickle's Pub on Route 13 in Salisbury at 2: 14 a.m. on April 28, and charged LTC with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. The players were taken by police to the Wicomico County Detention Center and later released after posting $1,000 bail. Their trial is scheduled for July 16 in Wicomico County's District Court.
When asked about the arrests, Berkman said, "No comment."
Smith, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., was an honorable-mention All-American last year. He's only the fifth player in school history to accumulate more than 200 career points, and his four goals helped Salisbury defeat Nazareth last year, 22-13, for its second consecutive national championship.