Salisbury women’s lacrosse coach Jim Nestor gives a lot of the credit for his 200 victories with the Sea Gulls to the players he has coached over the years.
A perennial powerhouse in Division III and NCAA finalists last season, the Sea Gulls gave Nestor win No. 200 Saturday with an 18-7 victory over Catholic.
“It just really shows the commitment the girls have made over the years from the very first year to the senior class that graduated last year who have handed things down,” Nestor said. “We’ve been very fortunate here at the school with the academics offered here to lure quality athletes to the university and the lacrosse program.”
Nestor, in his 12th season, is 200-24 at Salisbury, but he is closer to his 300th career win overall with stints at Gannon and Colby-Sawyer giving him a 279-63-1 record in his 20th season.
“It’s been a great ride,” Nestor said, “and I’ve been very fortunate at the different schools. Starting off at Colby-Sawyer was a great learning experience. I took a lot of advice from other coaches there. Then moving to Gannon which was a start-up program in Division II was a learning experience dealing with scholarships and an urban campus. I was very fortunate here when the position opened up with a soccer-lacrosse combination which allowed me to secure the job. Ever since I’ve been here, it’s just been really great.”
Nestor said the soccer and lacrosse positions have split for the first time and he will be able to concentrate on lacrosse from now on.
In his first season at Salisbury, 2002, the Sea Gulls went 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference. Since then, they have never lost more than three games in a season and have gone undefeated in the conference the last 10 years winning all 10 conference championships. Last season, the Sea Gulls were undefeated until falling 8-7 to Trinity in the national championship.
Now, the No. 2 Sea Gulls (2-0) are gearing up for some of their toughest competition. After trips to Washington & Lee and Roanoke, they will travel to meet No. 3 SUNY Cortland, a national semifinalist last season, halfway, playing at Franklin & Marshall Wednesday at noon. Last March, the Sea Gulls beat Cortland, 12-11.