Berkman earns 3rd straight National Midfielder of the Year award, four Sea Gull All-Americans
BALTIMORE - Salisbury University senior Kylor Berkman was named the National Midfielder of the Year for the third consecutive season as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released its Division III All-American teams and award winners. Berkman is the first-ever player to earn this award three times and in three consecutive seasons.
The SU program has been awarded the National Midfielder of the Year six out of the past seven years and nine times since 1995. Previous two-time winners include Salisbury's Andy Murray (2003, '04) and Chris Turner (1999, 2000), Nazareth's Brent Rothfuss (1997, '98) and Hobart's Mark Darcangelo (1980, '82).
The No. 2 Sea Gulls (16-4) had a total of four All-Americans this season which increases their impressive total to 171 All-Americans in program history. Berkman was named to the first-team for the third consecutive season. He is just the seventh player in school history to be named a first-team All-American in three consecutive seasons. Berkman joins great company such as Mike Esham (1991-'93), Jason Coffman ('93-'96), Chris McQueeney ('94-'96), Jake Bergey ('95-'97), Andy Murray (2002-'04) and Jeff Bigas ('03-'05).
Senior defenseman Kevin Maynard garnered third team honors for the first time in his playing career. Junior midfielder Mike Von Kamecke and freshman attackman Matt Canonne were both named honorable mention All-Americans.
Berkman, the 2008 USILA National Player of the Year, finished first on the team in points (83), assists (41), game-winning goals (three) and man-up goals (11). The co-captain was third on the team in goals (42) and fourth on the team in ground balls (49). The Salisbury, Md., native was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row in 2009. Berkman concludes his career in the maroon and gold with 298 points and dished out 170 assists, both marks rank second all-time in program history.
Maynard, a two-time All-CAC second team performer, garners his first-ever All-American honor. The senior co-captain played and started in all 20 games this season. The Salisbury, Md., native was third on the team in caused turnovers (25) and fifth on the team in ground balls with 42.
This is the second consecutive season that Von Kamecke has been named an All-American honorable mention. The Winter Park, Fla., native was fifth on the team in points (44), fifth on the team in goals (27), third on the team in assists (17) and fourth on the team in man-up goals with eight. The junior played in all 20 games with four starts.
Canonne, the 2009 CAC Rookie of the Year, was named an honorable mention All-American for the first-time in his young career. The freshman attackman played in 20 games with 18 starts for the Sea Gulls. The Bayport, N.Y., native led the team in goals (53), second on the team in points (67), second in man-up goals (nine), third on the team in game-winning goals (two) and sixth on the team in assists (14).
SU head coach Jim Berkman has coached 142 All-Americans in his 21 seasons at the helm for the Sea Gulls. Berkman has had a first-team All-American the past eight seasons dating back to 2001. In fact, the Sea Gulls have had a first-team All-American every season from 1991-present except for 2001. The four All-Americans is the lowest amount SU has had since 2002. For the decade, the Sea Gulls have earned 70 All-Americans.