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Despite loss to York, Salisbury men's lacrosse got a lift from freshman faceoff specialist T.J. Logue

Despite loss to York, Salisbury men's lacrosse got a lift from freshman faceoff specialist T.J. Logue

There wasn't much to be happy about for No. 3 Salisbury in Saturday's 10-9 loss to No. 8 York in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament final. But one of the few bright spots was the emergence of faceoff specialist T.J. Logue.

With junior Duncan Campbell serving a four-game suspension for an unspecified violation, Logue, a freshman, stepped in and won 11 of 17 draws and scooped up five ground balls.

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Logue, who leapfrogged sophomore Brooks Eibner to No. 2 on the faceoff depth chart, inspired his teammates, according to coach Jim Berkman.

"He was hearing the whistle good," Berkman said Monday. "Even when he didn't hear it, his counters were good on Saturday, too. There were numerous times when it looked like their guy got the better of the whistle, but his counters were able to tie him up and get the ball out of there. He did a really good job of that. And he was winning a lot of them by himself. He was taking some of the wings out of the equation."

Campbell, an Ellicott City resident and Marriotts Ridge graduate who has won 61.9 percent (198 of 320) of his faceoffs and picked up 83 ground balls this season, will not be able to return until the NCAA Division III tournament semifinals on May 22 if the Sea Gulls (18-1) advance that far. But Berkman pointed out that Campbell only went 4-for-12 with one ground ball in the team's 17-5 rout of the Spartans on April 13.

Eibner, a Baltimore resident and Archbishop Curley resident, went 5-for-5 on draws and collected one ground ball on Saturday. But Berkman sounded confident that Logue – under the tutelage of assistant coach and former faceoff specialist Tyler Granelli – could handle the bulk of the workload.

"He's a tough kid, he's a big, strong kid," Berkman said. "He's getting better. He's been well-coached by Granelli. He's improving throughout the season. That's why we recruited him here."

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