Salisbury's 2012 squad joins elite group

Team is seventh under coach Jim Berkman to complete season with perfect record and national championship

May 31, 2012|By Edward Lee

Sunday’s 14-10 victory over SUNY-Cortland in the NCAA tournament final capped a perfect 23-0 campaign for Salisbury, which captured its 10th national championship and joined Hobart as the only Division III programs to claim double-digit NCAA crowns.

Winning the title was the primary objective, but going undefeated was also icing on the cake for several Sea Gulls.

“It’s unbelievable,” said senior defenseman Andrew Sellers, a Baltimore native and Archbishop Curley native. “That’s the goal every year. Last year, we lost the game [to Stevenson on April 16, 2011] and still won [the] national championship, but nothing is as sweet as perfection.”

Added senior attackman Lantz Carter, a Randallstown native and Northwestern graduate: “Yeah, Coach [Jim Berkman] always said we have a chance to be great and competitive [with the] great teams at Salisbury. And all those teams are undefeated. So the thing coming back, that was one of our goals to be perfect and one of those teams.”

The 2012 squad became the seventh Salisbury team to go unblemished, joining the squads of 1994, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. So is the 2012 team the best of the bunch? 

“Well, we’ve had some pretty special teams at Salisbury, but in the same sentence, I can honestly say that this team is right there with a couple of those other teams,” Berkman said. “The ‘94, ‘95 team and the 2007 team were pretty special [with] the No. 1 defenses and No. 1 offenses and goal differential. In the same sentence, when we’re talking about the best teams, this is definitely right there in the same breath.”

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