Top seed, first-round bye no surprise for Salisbury

Reigning nine-time national champion earned 10th straight first-round bye

May 08, 2012|By Edward Lee

For the 10th consecutive year, Salisbury earned one of the top two seeds in the South Region and will enjoy a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament.

Then again, the Sea Gulls took much of the suspense out of Sunday night’s bracket unveiling by going 19-0 this spring and beating five tournament-bound teams en route to their 17th Capital Athletic Conference tournament crown.

“It wasn’t a mystery as far as being No. 1 in the South,” coach Jim Berkman said Tuesday morning. “We won every game and we had beaten all the teams below. So we kind of figured that if we won the conference championship game two weeks ago, we were putting ourselves in that position.”

As anticlimactic as that might sound, Berkman said the players were enthused with the knowledge that if the seeds played out, Salisbury would be playing host to every game until the national championship contest at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on May 27.

“I think that they’re excited that for anybody to get to Boston, they have to go through Sea Gull Stadium,” Berkman said. “They’re real excited to be on their homefield and not have to travel. Teams have to come and play us in our stadium, which is a tough place to play. We’re also in finals next week. So it would’ve been a nightmare if we were traveling next week.”

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