SALISBURY -- The Salisbury men's lacrosse team gave Jim Berkman a share of an NCAA record, but not without a little anxiety.
Twice in the second half of yesterday's installment of the "War on the Shore" series, Washington College trimmed three-goal deficits to one, but the Sea Gulls pulled away to cement a 15-11 decision at Sea Gull Stadium.
The outcome also sealed the 326th career victory for Berkman, who tied former Army coach Jack Emmer for the NCAA record for most wins in a career.
"I feel very proud," said Berkman, who is 326-35 in 21 years of coaching. "It's a reflection of my 20 years here and all of the great players I've been fortunate enough to coach. ... I'm just fortunate enough to be the coach at Salisbury University and have a great lacrosse program."
An announced 2,975 - the second-largest crowd to watch a lacrosse game at the stadium - witnessed the Sea Gulls (18-0), ranked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse, extend streaks of 71 straight victories at home and 41 consecutive wins.
Salisbury has won the past eight, and 10 of the past 11, meetings with the Shoremen, who haven't earned a victory in the rivalry since May 4, 2002.
But No. 4 Washington (12-2) did not make it easy for Salisbury, which scored five of the game's first six goals but led only 7-5 at halftime.
Senior attackman Greg Titus' third goal of the game gave the Sea Gulls a 9-6 advantage with 8:12 left in the third quarter.
Goals from senior attackmen Kolyn Kirby and Mike Sutter (Mount St. Joseph) 57 seconds apart pulled the Shoremen within one with 5:35 left, but sophomore midfielder Mike Von Kamecke (a hat trick and an assist) scored twice in a span of 27 seconds to give Salisbury another three-goal cushion.
Washington made another charge with senior attackman Chris Read (Boys' Latin) converting a feed from junior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Archbishop Curley) with 44.8 seconds left in the quarter and junior midfielder Matt Moreton scoring unassisted to trim the gap to one with 11:05 left in the fourth period.
But the Sea Gulls responded again, going on a 4-1 run and salting away the final five minutes maintaining possession.
"Everybody's going to be a little worried, but we were still up," said junior midfielder Kylor Berkman, who paced Salisbury with a team-high five points on a goal and four assists. "We knew what we needed to do. We said, 'OK, we need to slow it down, and we need to get it behind the goal and go into our Detroit call, which means we only score on dunks.' Once we were back up by three, we were pretty comfortable."
"They're a team that goes on runs," said Kielek, who led the Shoremen with five points on two goals and three assists. "If we don't stop a couple of their runs and they get a couple of goals, they get the momentum. Our defense played well and so did our offense, but we made some mental mistakes."
Besides Kielek, Kirby posted a hat trick and an assist, but Read, who averaged almost five points a game before yesterday, managed only three on two goals and an assist while being tightly marked by Sea Gulls senior defenseman Ben Sandlin.firstname.lastname@example.org