Salisbury’s road to an 11th national championship ran into a huge roadblock with the news that senior midfielder Ryan Clarke will miss the remainder of the season because of a ruptured spleen.
Coach Jim Berkman said via email that Clarke, a Tewaaraton Award candidate, has not played in the No. 9 Sea Gulls’ last two games. The team improved to 4-2 with victories over McDaniel (16-3) on Wednesday and No. 14 Gettysburg (8-5) on Saturday.
Clarke, who had recorded 35 goals and 29 assists last year, had posted eight goals and five assists in four contests this season. It’s unclear via Salisbury’s statistics to determine who has replaced Clarke on the first line, but senior Eric Kluge leads the offense in both goals (13) and points (17) and junior Greg Korvin has contributed four goals and two assists.
The Sea Gulls, who have captured the last two NCAA titles, have also played the last three games without starting junior defenseman Danny Sherr. Junior Josh Martin has slid into Sherr’s place as one of the top three defensemen on the team.