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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | April 24, 2009
Before there was lacrosse for Kylor Berkman, there was soccer. "When I was 12 or 13, soccer was my favorite sport," he said. "And then when I got to high school, I kind of fell in love with lacrosse all over again. I didn't see myself following through with lacrosse all through college, but that's the way it turned out, and it worked out." Which is unfortunate for SUNY Cortland, Gettysburg and the rest of the Division III schools that have watched Berkman, a senior midfielder for the Salisbury men's lacrosse team, develop into perhaps the best player in the country.
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By EDWARD LEE | April 21, 2009
Salisbury coach Jim Berkman on his team's approach before Sunday's conference final: "I don't think there's ever been a shortage of confidence here. ... There was a real sense of urgency that our backs were against the wall." (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseblog)
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter | May 26, 2008
Foxborough, Mass. -- It's not really fair to call Salisbury a Division III lacrosse dynasty. Dynasties, you see, eventually give way to other dynasties. What Sea Gulls coach Jim Berkman has built is more like an empire. And from the look of things, his program plans to rule forever. Salisbury won its second straight Division III national championship yesterday, defeating SUNY Cortland, 19-13, in front of an announced 24,317 at Gillette Stadium. It was the fifth title in the past six years for the Sea Gulls, who are 124-2 since 2004, and eighth overall.
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By EDWARD LEE and EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2008
The Fiorentino family had already planned to attend the NCAA men's lacrosse championship weekend in Foxborough, Mass., lining up hotel reservations and tickets. Now they will have a vested interest in the Division III final when senior goalkeeper Nick Fiorentino tries to help top seed Salisbury (21-0) defeat SUNY Cortland (18-1) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. "I'm so excited about the environment there," he said. "It's going to be so much fun to share that excitement with my teammates."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | April 27, 2008
SALISBURY -- The Salisbury men's lacrosse team gave Jim Berkman a share of an NCAA record, but not without a little anxiety. Twice in the second half of yesterday's installment of the "War on the Shore" series, Washington College trimmed three-goal deficits to one, but the Sea Gulls pulled away to cement a 15-11 decision at Sea Gull Stadium. The outcome also sealed the 326th career victory for Berkman, who tied former Army coach Jack Emmer for the NCAA record for most wins in a career.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | April 26, 2008
SALISBURY -- Being called a second-half team is not an insult to Salisbury men's lacrosse. That's not to say that the Sea Gulls, ranked No. 1 in Division III by Inside Lacrosse, overlook the importance of the first half. Rather, it's a recognition of the mastery of their coach, Jim Berkman. A week ago, Salisbury walked into halftime with a three-goal cushion against No. 10 Villa Julie in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. In the locker room, Berkman adjusted the offense to feature a two-man game between senior midfielder Bruce Richardson and sophomore midfielder Mike Von Kamecke, both of whom were marked by short-stick defensive midfielders.
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June 29, 2007
HOUSTON -- Craig Biggio got his 3,000th career hit last night, and Carlos Lee's grand slam in the 11th gave the Houston Astros an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies. Lee's shot to left field off Brian Fuentes (0-3) came on the first pitch. Biggio singled in the 11th, tying a career high with his fifth hit. Hunter Pence followed with a double before Lance Berkman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Troy Tulowitzki's bases-empty shot off Brian Moehler (1-2) to lead off the 11th made it 5-4. The loss extends Colorado's season-high losing streak to seven games.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun reporter | May 28, 2007
This time, there will be no nightmares about crossbars hit in overtime, or saves that weren't made. This time, there will be no taskmaster coach goading his team by replaying the lowlights of a historic loss on a locker room television. This time, the pertinent question for Salisbury isn't what went wrong, but something more pleasant to consider: Is this the finest Sea Gulls team ever? Coach Jim Berkman and his Salisbury dynasty made it four NCAA Division III titles in five seasons yesterday before an announced 22,778 at M&T Bank Stadium, where they fell behind early, shrugged off a third-quarter tie and hammered SUNY Cortland, 15-9.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Reporter | May 27, 2007
If you think Salisbury is going to get after SUNY Cortland in the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse final this afternoon, you should have seen the Sea Gulls compete last fall. Since April 2003, the only thing between Salisbury and perfection is an overtime loss to Cortland in last season's final. They'll give championship weekend at M&T Bank Stadium a rematch this afternoon, but avenging the demise of an NCAA-record 69-game winning streak isn't behind the top-ranked Sea Gulls' 22-0 record.
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By KENT BAKER and KENT BAKER,SUN REPORTER | May 28, 2006
If Salisbury's men's lacrosse team had to decide between relinquishing the longest current winning streak in collegiate athletics or the national championship banner, there really wouldn't be a choice. The Sea Gulls are proud of their 69-game victory streak, which dates back more than three years, but the title is what they truly seek each season. "It's definitely something we're aware of," leading scorer Dan Boyer (Mount St. Joseph) said of the team's amazing run. "And we do think about it. But it's not our main goal, which is the championship.
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