Salisbury Men's Lacrosse 2010 Season Preview

"Sam and Mike are a lot alike in that they are both extremely talented," said Berkman. "I think now they are ready for the next stage of their development and will be a lot more consistent and an overall bigger threat."

Junior Shawn Zordani (Littleton, Col.) looks to pair with Von Kamecke and Bradman as the third member of the first line. Zordani had some great games last season considering the fact he was battling injuries, and after offseason surgery should have a breakout season. Sophomore Tim Lum (Long Valley, N.J.) is battling for a spot on the first line after a productive fall season. Lum possesses tremendous speed and is one of the hardest shooters on the team with both hands.

The second midfield line will feature a mix of juniors Logan Keyser (Midlothian, Va.) and Kyle Piper (Landisville, Pa.) plus freshman Alex Nieves (Centreville, Md.). Keyser has recovered from an injury that cut short his first season with SU last year, but is running at full speed and has prepared for a bigger role this year.

Piper has been with the program for two years now and has gained more muscle and confidence since last year and will get a shot with the second line. Nieves is a talented player that has tremendous stick stills and speed that can break down a defense. Competition for the third midfield line includes junior Perry Craz (Romsenburg, N.Y.) and sophomores Craig Burnett (North Wales, Pa.), Sean Hickey (Nesconset, N.Y.) and Jeff McGuire (Severna Park, Md.).

FACE-OFFS

Senior Ryan Finch (Finksburg, Md.) returns for his third season with the Sea Gulls and will handle the majority of the face-off responsibilities again this year. Finch, a preseason second-team All-American in 2010, finished with the nation's eighth best win percentage at .661 (265 of 401). Finch will also see some time in the midfield due to his athleticism and offensive IQ. Sophomore Kyle Gallagher (Salisbury, Md.) is expected to backup Finch for face-offs.

DEFENSE

Salisbury returns two starters from last year's defense that finished with the 12th best scoring defense in of all Division III at 7.1 goals per game in senior Jeff Breeding (Cockeysville, Md.) and junior Collin Tokosch (Arnold, Md.). Breeding was elected one of five team captains and Tokosch is a preseason honorable mention All-American.

Sophomore Andrew Sellers (Baltimore, Md.), a transfer from Mercyhurst College, is a favorite to start. Sellers is one of the best athletes on the team and will allow SU to do some creative things defensively because of the athleticism he brings to the table.

Junior Nick Mooney (Glenolden, Pa.) worked hard in the offseason and is pushing for a spot in the starting three. His individual defensive skills have vastly improved after a big year in the weight room. Freshman Brett Baer (Manchester, Md.) could see some minutes this year on close defense, and took some face-offs in the fall season and will see some time at both spots.

Junior Tom Cooper (Ellicott City, Md.) is back for his second season with the program and has gotten a lot stronger in the offseason. Junior Spencer Smith (McMurray, Pa.), sophomore Sam Miller (Ithaca, N.Y.) and freshman Adam Dickson (Ontario, Can.) provide a lot of valuable depth and could see time this season.

Senior Connor Burgasser (Mendon, N.Y.) is set to be the top long-stick midfielder and is a preseason second-team All-American. Burgasser is ready for a strong senior season after he worked hard in the offseason to improve all areas of his game, including leadership. "Connor has been a great leader," said Berkman. "He has always done a great job of pushing himself, but this year he has done a great job of providing a drive for his teammates."

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2010-02-12



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