Gulls Rally To Defeat Shoremen

Salisbury 12 Washington College 11

Midfielder Berkman Has Hand In Game's Last 2 Goals

April 26, 2009|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com

CHESTERTOWN -In a season of peaks and valleys, it's not shocking that the Salisbury men's lacrosse team, ranked No. 5 in Division III, experienced highs and lows in its regular-season finale.

The Sea Gulls took a four-goal advantage at halftime, squandered the lead, and trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before the eight-time overall and two-time reigning Division III national champions rallied to a 12-11 win over host Washington College before an announced 2,511 at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium on Saturday in the teams' "War on the Shore."

Salisbury (15-3) fell behind for the first time since trailing 1-0 when sophomore attackman Josh Perlow converted a feed from attackman Jimmy Kielek on an extra-man opportunity to give the Shoremen an 11-10 lead 72 seconds into the fourth quarter.

But reigning Division III National Player of the Year Kylor Berkman assisted on sophomore attackman Erik Krum's goal with 10:20 left, and Berkman scored from the slot with 4:34 remaining for the game-winner.

"I don't think we even had time to be worried about what happened," Berkman said of the Sea Gulls' mind-set after Perlow's score. "We had to worry about getting the next goal and getting back even with them."

Salisbury's first-line midfield of Berkman, junior Mike Von Kamecke and freshman Sam Bradman combined for six goals and five assists. Von Kamecke recorded two goals and one assist, and Bradman chipped in with one goal and two assists.

Another key was the play of a defensive unit that shut out Washington over the final 13:48 of the game. Goalie Johnny Rodriguez made 12 saves, and defenseman Collin Tokosch did not surrender a point to starting attackman Brendan O'Leary, who had been tied for second among the Shoremen with 20 goals.

"They were inverting a little bit, and we were sliding a little too much," Salisbury coach Jim Berkman said. "That's usually not our game. At the end of the third quarter, we got away from sliding to the short stick [defensive midfielder] and just playing them man up."

Trailing 8-4 at halftime, Washington (9-6) scored four unanswered goals to open the third quarter, but Von Kamecke said the Sea Gulls didn't panic.

"They got on a streak; it happens," he said. "They just got a couple goals in and got hot a little bit. But that kind of just fueled our fire."

The Shoremen were led by midfielder Matt Moreton's three goals and one assist and Kielek's two goals and two assists, but Washington lost for the 11th time in the past 12 meetings - including the past nine - with Salisbury. The Shoremen haven't recorded a victory in the rivalry since May 4, 2002.

"When you play Salisbury, it's a game of runs," Washington coach J.B. Clarke said. "They got one early, we got one early in the second half, and we tried to hold them off a little bit. But they made one more play than we did. It's unfortunate."

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