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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Now that Salisbury secured one of the few coveted at-large berths in the NCAA tournament, Jim Berkman feels secure enough to stand on a limb and proclaim that the team can win the national championship for the third consecutive year and the 11th time in the program's history. Sounds crazy? Maybe, but aside from SUNY-Cortland, the top seed in the North region, and Dickinson, the top seed in the South, no other team in the field has less than two losses. “The crazy thing about this is, I really believe that we can still win the whole tournament,” the Sea Gulls coach said Monday morning.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Here is the final installment of a series that checks in with the eight Division III programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Thursday's visit  was with Washington College. Friday's visit is with Salisbury. REVIEW The good: A year removed from sitting out the NCAA tournament final for only second time in 11 years, the Sea Gulls (21-2 overall and 6-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference)
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By Edward Lee | May 30, 2012
Winning national championships has become synonymous with Salisbury, but Sunday's 14-10 victory over SUNY-Cortland in the NCAA tournament final might be the most poignant one for the players and coach Jim Berkman. Berkman suffered a mild heart attack while working out at his local gym March 11. After having two stents inserted to remove a blockage in one of the arteries, he was permitted to return to the team eight days later. In the aftermath of what has been a whirlwind journey, Berkman reflected on the path to the program's 10th national title during his post-game comments at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Salisbury's bid to capture its 11th national championship did not unfold as planned as the team dropped a 12-9 decision to Tufts in the Division III tournament final on May 25 at M&T Bank Stadium. It was only the fifth time in 15 title-game appearances that the Sea Gulls failed to bring home the crown, but the result did not diminish coach Jim Berkman's positive assessment of this year's squad, which went 21-2 overall and 6-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference. “I really enjoyed this team this year,” he said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Every passing year has watched players leave Salisbury via graduation or other avenues, and the program has seemingly found a way to unearth capable replacements. That formula could be extremely timely for the upcoming season. Midfielders Ryan Clarke and Tyler Smith elected not to return the Sea Gulls. Clarke, who registered 35 goals and 29 assists in 2012 and was named a first-team All American before rupturing a spleen in the fourth game of last year and sitting out the remainder of 2013, was selected by the Rochester Rattlers with the 60th overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse's 2014 supplemental draft in December.  “Obviously, Ryan Clarke was a great player, but there's a lot of guys that have been here all fall and are working extremely hard together that have formed a pretty strong nucleus in the midfield,” Salisbury coach Jim Berkman said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Salisbury coach Jim Berkman is as candid as any coach in lacrosse. That honesty came through as he discussed the No. 2 Sea Gulls' surprising 8-7 overtime loss to Capital Athletic Conference foe Christopher Newport on Wednesday. “We didn't get it done on Wednesday,” Berkman said Friday morning. “We just weren't sharp. We weren't passing and catching well. We talked about a trap game all week, and we didn't play well. We threw numerous balls out of bounds playing catch with guys next to us on Wednesday that we hadn't done all season.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
When Jim Berkman says there is no Sam Bradman on Salisbury's roster, he was referring to the team's apparent lack of stars. Tufts coach Mike Daly certainly feels otherwise. Berkman said Tuesday morning that there is no Bradman or Kylor Berkman or Jason Coffman on the team, referring to the absence of a standout player on this year's squad. And that's fine with the veteran coach. “It's been a really enjoyable season,” Berkman said Tuesday morning during a conference call.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2013
Salisbury's 7-6 double-overtime loss to Washington & Lee Wednesday might raise the panic meter surrounding the 10-time national champion, which is 1-2 for the first time and under .500 for the first time since 1989. But coach Jim Berkman said that the Sea Gulls' two-game losing streak is just a minor hiccup for the program. “There are 17 games in the lacrosse season. We just played three, and we've lost two games by a goal - one in double overtime. I don't panic,” Berkman said Thursday morning.
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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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By Edward Lee | May 31, 2012
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]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2014
The 2014 season ended with mixed results for Salisbury's senior class. That group leaves the Sea Gulls with a four-year record of 82-9 and national championships in 2011 and 2012. But a bid for a third crown ended with a 12-9 loss to Tufts in Sunday's NCAA tournament final at M&T Bank Stadium. Salisbury coach Jim Berkman expressed his thanks to the senior class after Sunday's loss. “Those guys all kind of refocused our group after last year [when the team lost to Stevenson in the semifinals]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Fresh out of Glenelg High, Alex Taylor joined the Salisbury men's lacrosse team for the 2011 season and promptly sought to unseat All-American Johnny Rodriguez for the starting goalie position. The Woodbine native didn't succeed. He got only spot time in eight games, and Rodriguez (Mount St. Joseph) won Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Three years later, Taylor has the job he wanted - as well as perspective. As he prepares to anchor Salisbury's defense for Sunday's NCAA tournament final against Tufts (20-2)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
When Jim Berkman says there is no Sam Bradman on Salisbury's roster, he was referring to the team's apparent lack of stars. Tufts coach Mike Daly certainly feels otherwise. Berkman said Tuesday morning that there is no Bradman or Kylor Berkman or Jason Coffman on the team, referring to the absence of a standout player on this year's squad. And that's fine with the veteran coach. “It's been a really enjoyable season,” Berkman said Tuesday morning during a conference call.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
Salisbury owns a 27-20 lead in this series with Washington College and has taken 13 of the last 14 meetings. The Sea Gulls are 12-0 at home this spring and seeking their second perfect campaign at home in the last three years, while the Shoremen are 7-1 on the road. Washington College (18-1) has strung together 13 consecutive wins since falling to Salisbury, 12-7, on March 19 and has tied a single-season record for victories. By stunning 2013 national champion Stevenson, 12-11, on Wednesday night, the team secured its first Final Four berth since 2004.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
SALISBURY - Trailing, 3-1, after one quarter and in sore need of an energy boost, the Salisbury men's lacrosse team got some help from an unlikely source: its opponent. Taking advantage of an illegal stick penalty on Washington College junior Michael Trapp, the Sea Gulls scored one goal during the subsequent 3-minute extra-man opportunity and added another shortly after the penalty ended. More importantly, Salisbury woke itself from an early slumber and rediscovered its game for a 13-8 win over the visiting Shoremen in a Division III NCAA tournament semifinal before an announced 2,375 at Sea Gull Stadium on Sunday night.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
When Salisbury and Washington College clash on Sunday night at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury for the right to play for the national title in Baltimore on May 26, each team will draw inspiration from a midfielder who has returned to his teammates. Senior midfielder Greg Korvin (Arundel) sat out four games after separating both shoulders. After undergoing operations on both shoulders, he returned for the Sea Gulls' 15-11 win against Cabrini on April 11. In seven games, Korvin registered two goals and five assists before turning in a three-goal, one-assist performance in the team's 15-5 rout of Denison in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday night.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
Getting into a five-goal hole, failing to capitalize on extra-man opportunities, and committing too many penalties are just some of issues that flared up in No. 6 Salisbury's 10-8 loss to No. 3 Stevenson Wednesday night. Those troubles were noted by coach Jim Berkman, but he also tried to glean positives from the setback. “We've got to stay out of the penalty box, that's for sure,” he said Thursday morning, referring to the 13 penalties the team accumulated. “But I was proud of how our kids came back.
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By Paul McMullen | May 20, 1991
Seven senior starters are gone -- including the attack unit that racked up 163 goals -- but coach Jim Berkman thinks that Salisbury State will remain very much in the Division III lacrosse picture next year.In their first NCAA championship Saturday, the Sea Gulls failed to accomplish something no one else has been able to do either. Hobart won its 12th straight title with a 12-11 victory at Salisbury, and Berkman knew right away what the Sea Gulls need to catch the Statesmen."After watching the tape of the game, the difference was team speed," said Berkman, whose three-year record is 35-10.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
This may not qualify as good news for Washington College, the Rochester Institute of Technology or Tufts - three of the four teams left in the NCAA Division III tournament - but Salisbury's suffocating defense has gotten stronger courtesy of the return of short-stick defensive midfielder Tim Stone. The senior sat out the first 17 games of the season while battling a hip injury and returned for the first time to play in the team's 12-6 victory over Frostburg State in a Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal on April 26. Adding Stone to pair with freshman Brendan Bromwell and back up sophomores Preston Dabbs and Davis Anderson gives the Sea Gulls (20-1)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Based on last year's numbers, attackmen Luke Phipps and Mike Kane have turned in surprising seasons for Salisbury. Asked to pick which player has been the bigger surprise, coach Jim Berkman couldn't single out one and leave out the other. “I actually think that both are pretty big surprises,” he said on Tuesday morning. “Both have really gotten a lot better. Their confidence has been a big part of them improving, and the work that they have done in the offseason to get their skill level to the next level has been remarkable.” Phipps, a John Carroll graduate, ranks second on the Sea Gulls (19-1)
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