SALISBURY, Md. - Fans of Salisbury University athletics will not have to travel far this week to see the Sea Gulls in their respective Capital Athletic Conference tournament games. The Sea Gulls earned four No. 1 seeds for this week's tournaments in baseball, men's lacrosse, men's tennis and softball.
SU is also the No. 2 seed in women's tennis and will have a chance to host two tournament games this week. The only predetermined site for the spring was in men's and women's track and field as York (Pa.) College will host the CAC championships this Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Sea Gulls will look to add to their four CAC championships won this past fall by field hockey, men's cross country, men's soccer and volleyball.
Four spring teams enter this week's championships as the defending conference champions.
Salisbury's top-ranked men's lacrosse team has not lost a conference game since it joined the conference in 1995, a stellar mark of 96-0. The Sea Gulls have won 13 consecutive conference titles. The Sea Gulls (14-0, 7-0 CAC) will host eighth-seed Hood College on Monday, April 14, at 4 p.m. A win will place the Gulls in the conference semifinals on Thursday, April 17, between either Wesley College or York (Pa.) College. The CAC championship will be played on Sunday at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Salisbury's softball team is once again the top-seed and is in-line to host a second round game on Thursday. The Sea Gulls (25-7, 11-1 CAC) received a first round bye and will host the winner of Tuesday's game between Hood College and Wesley College. With a win on Thursday the Sea Gulls will then host the CAC semifinals and championship on Saturday and Sunday, using a double-elimination format. The SU softball team has won 11 straight conference titles, 12 overall, since 1995.
Last season, the SU baseball team had to repeat as conference champions the hard way, on the road. The Sea Gulls went 5-5 in CAC play last year and was forced to win on the road. Salisbury came away with its second straight CAC championship (seventh overall) with a 22-5 rout of University of Mary Washington. This season the fifth-ranked Sea Gulls (32-1, 18-0 CAC) became only the second team in conference history to go undefeated during the conference regular-season. Salisbury will host sixth-seed York (Pa.) College on Tuesday, April 15. The Sea Gulls will then play Thursday, April 17, in a second round game regardless of a win or loss on Tuesday since the tournament uses a double-elimination format. The Saturday-Sunday championship round will be hosted by the highest remaining seed.
The SU men's track and field team holds the CAC record with four consecutive championships. The Sea Gulls will look to add to that total on Saturday in York, Pa. Last season, the Sea Gulls won going away at home as the second place team was over 100 points away for SU's total of 263.33 points. SU's women's team is still seeking its first CAC title. The Sea Gulls lost out to the Eagles last season by four points.
Over on the tennis courts the No. 12 Salisbury men's tennis team earned the top-seed in the CAC tournament after the Sea Gulls handed No. 10 Mary Washington its first conference loss in eight years. Salisbury (15-3, 6-0 CAC) receives a first round bye and will host a conference semifinal match against either Villa Julie College or St. Mary's (Md.) College on Friday, April 18. With a win the Sea Gulls will host Sunday's CAC championship. Salisbury is in search of its first CAC title since 1999. The SU women's tennis team is the second-seed in this week's CAC tournament. The Sea Gulls (13-4, 5-1 CAC) will host Wesley College on Monday, April 14. The winner will advance to Thursday's conference semifinal against the winner between Villa Julie and St. Mary's (Md.). Mary Washington, the four-time defending CAC champion, is the top-seed and is in line to host Saturday's conference championship. SU last won a women's tennis CAC title in 2003.
The only CAC championship not being played this week is women's lacrosse. That tournament will begin on Sunday, April 20, with first round action. Salisbury, the top-ranked team in the country, has won five consecutive CAC championships (seven overall). The Sea Gulls (16-0, 6-0 CAC) can clinch the top-seed with a win over University of Mary Washington this Thursday, April 17, on the road.
2008 Capital Athletic Conference Spring Championships - Official Releases/Schedules