Fiorentino steps up for Salisbury

The Baltimore Sun

The Fiorentino family had already planned to attend the NCAA men's lacrosse championship weekend in Foxborough, Mass., lining up hotel reservations and tickets.

Now they will have a vested interest in the Division III final when senior goalkeeper Nick Fiorentino tries to help top seed Salisbury (21-0) defeat SUNY Cortland (18-1) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.

"I'm so excited about the environment there," he said. "It's going to be so much fun to share that excitement with my teammates."

Fiorentino, who is expected to start for the defending national champion Sea Gulls, started in their 11-10, double-overtime win against Gettysburg on Sunday, making eight saves in only his second start of the season.

"In the four years that I've been here, one of the things I've learned from Coach [Jim] Berkman is that there is going to be a time to step up," Fiorentino said. "This was one of those times."

Fiorentino became the starter after junior goalies Zach Krissoff (Annapolis), the starter over the second half of the season, and Riley Clark, his top backup, were suspended from the team after they were arrested last week.

Krissoff and Clark surrendered to police on charges of vandalizing homes and cars in several neighborhoods, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said.

Their names have been removed from the team's Web site, and Berkman declined to comment on the pair, saying, "I'm not going to talk about them because they're not on the team."

Berkman said he was not surprised by Fiorentino's performance against Gettysburg.

"Obviously he was down on the depth chart, but that didn't mean that he wasn't a good player," Berkman said. "We've always had good depth here, and when people have gone down with injuries, we've had guys waiting in the wings."

Depth perception

Duke senior attackmen Matt Danowski and Zack Greer are enjoying record-setting seasons, but the Blue Devils (18-1) are trying to dispel the image that it is a two-horse squad.

Danowski is the NCAA's all-time leading scorer with 350 career points, while Greer has scored more career goals (205) than anyone else in NCAA history.

But sophomore attackman Max Quinzani ranks second in the country with 59 goals this spring - trailing only Greer, who has 64. Senior goalkeeper Dan Loftus anchors a defense that ranks eighth in the nation in goals allowed per game, and freshman defenseman Mike Manley is the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year.

"We've hammered it in from Day One that it's never about one guy," senior midfielder Brad Ross said.

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