ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The first month of the new year has been a busy one for the Salisbury University men's lacrosse program. The two-time defending NCAA Division III national champions were recently recognized in Annapolis by Maryland lawmakers and began spring practice for the '09 season.
Coach Jim Berkman and assistant coaches Nick Fiorentino and Ben Sandlin accepted recognition from the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate on January 22. The trio was presented a citation from the governor's office and received resolutions for winning the national championship last season. They also met with members of the Eastern Shore Delegation and other SU alumni who serve in the House and Senate. Members of the Eastern Shore Delegation include; Sen. Richard F. Colburn, Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus, Del. Rudolph C. Cane, Del. Norman H. Conway, Del. Adelaide C. Eckardt, Del. D. Page Elmore, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Del. James N. Mathias Jr. Fiorentino was the starting goalie in the national title game and Sandlin was an All-American defender on the '08 squad.
"It was a great honor for our University and our lacrosse program to be recognized by our lawmakers for the outstanding achievement of winning the 2008 national championship," said Berkman.
Berkman, the all-time winningest coach in men's lacrosse history, was also busy in January as he was a keynote speaker at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention. A month prior Berkman was a keynote speaker at the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) convention, also in Baltimore.
The Sea Gulls began practice two weeks ago and have played two scrimmages against Division I teams in preparation for the '09 season. Salisbury will begin its quest for a third consecutive national championship when the Sea Gulls open their regular season at home on Sunday, February 15, at Sea Gull Stadium against Scranton University at 1 p.m.