Salisbury Men's Lacrosse 2010 Season Preview

SALISBURY, Md. - The 2010 Salisbury University men's lacrosse program has worked hard to put itself in a position to go for a ninth national championship and will rely on a solid group of experienced veterans to try and lead the team to Baltimore in late May. The Sea Gulls have some good fortune on their side, as each time the national championship has been hosted at M&T Bank Stadium, the site of this year's title game, the Sea Gulls have won the championship.

SU head coach Jim Berkman, now in his 22nd season, has a talented group of seniors that he can count on as the season progresses. "We have some seniors at each position, so it gives us some leadership because they have been around here for four years," said Berkman.

"They know the ins and outs of the program and have worked hard to keep the tradition alive and really pushed the guys around them because they know the system." Over the last three seasons, this group has won two national championships, played in three NCAA tournaments, won three Capital Athletic Conference titles and compiled a career record of 61-4 (94 percent win percentage).

The team seems to have more depth in 2010 compared to last year's team that advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the 21st consecutive season. The depth on the team has already proven to be a great benefit. "Not only do we have the depth that allows us to compete better in games, but it allows us to practice better," said Berkman. "We have more depth and speed at defense that is pushing our offensive players on a much more consistent basis in practice; they can't relax in practice because if they do, someone is in their face and it's going to make them better."

ATTACK

The 2010 attack features all three returning starters plus several players pushing to get into the mix. SU returns a pair of seniors on attack in Jake DeLillo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Mike Winter (Port Washington, N.Y.). The two provide experience on attack and will be counted on in big games this year.

Salisbury also has sophomore preseason honorable mention All-American candidate Matt Cannone (Bayport, N.Y.) back for his second year in the maroon and gold. Cannone had a breakout freshman season and has expanded his game during the offseason to become a more complete attackman. The sophomore has worked on his speed, dodging abilities and shooting in the offseason. In 2009, the three combined for 34.3 percent (173 points) of the team's offense.

Another player to watch is freshman Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.), who was the Colorado Player of the Year and a high school All-American. Law is considered an old school attackman in that he can break players down from behind the goal and can do some damage on offense due to his speed and quickness. Sophomores Matt Pierotti (Corning, N.Y.) and Kyle Quist (Doylestown, Pa.) are two players that both have one year of experience with the program under their belts, and will see increased minutes this year after a year of improvement.

MIDFIELD

The Sea Gull midfield is highlighted by the return of senior pre-season All-American first team candidate Mike Von Kamecke (Winter Park, Fla.). The Winter Park, Fla., native finished fifth in both points (44) and goals scored (27) as he picked up his second straight USILA honorable mention All-American award in '09. Von Kamecke has played brilliantly at times in the maroon and gold, but will be counted on to play at a consistently high level this season.

SU will be forced to replace three-time National Midfielder of Year Kylor Berkman this season, but Coach Berkman feels that sophomore midfielder Sam Bradman (Canton, N.Y.) can be the player to step in and fill that void. Bradman had some big games last season for SU but will be counted on to be a bigger factor on the offensive end on a consistent basis. After a strong freshman season in which he finished sixth in points (41) and a great fall, he has been named a preseason honorable mention All-American.

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2010-02-12



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