Sea Gulls Did It Again: 21st CAC Championship Win
In March, the York College Spartans men’s lacrosse hosted, and beat the Salisbury University Sea Gulls. Tonight, the setting was the same, but the outcome was different.
It was a slow start for Salisbury, as York scored four goals on Branden Warren, while Salisbury found the back of the net just once. In between quarters, someone turned up the heat as Salisbury scored six unanswered goals, despite York striking first to start the second. Halftime score: 7-5 Salisbury.
Third quarter and fourth quarter came and went with minimal scoring (compared to the first half). Salisbury struck gold four more times, while allowing York to squeeze by with three more. Final score: 11-8 Salisbury.
Seven Gulls contributed to the eleven goals made. Salisbury was collectively charged with two minutes of penalties for three infractions; gave York three man-up opportunities in which York capitalized on, with their first goal of the game.
York had more turnovers than Salisbury (19 vs 14), yet was more successful with faceoffs (57% vs 43%). Salisbury had more shots (42 vs 32), and more successful clears (88% completion vs 69%).
Going into tonight’s game, Coach Jim Berkman and the Gulls were looking for Capital Athletic Conference Championship Win #21. Each of the program’s CAC Championship win’s have been under Berkman’s reign.
With this win, the Gulls have the automatic bid to the D3 NCAA Playoffs. Much like the CAC Championship wins, Berkman dominates the charts with NCAA Playoffs; in his 31 seasons of coaching at Salisbury, this is his 30th straight NCAA Playoff season.