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Not much time for Salisbury men's lacrosse to enjoy remarkable run in CAC

The Capital Athletic Conference has become synonymous with Salisbury, which has captured 18 league championships in 20 years. Even with a brief intrusion by Stevenson, the Sea Gulls have been the dominant force in the conference.

But coach Jim Berkman isn't one to reminisce about the program's run in the CAC.

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"There's not a lot of time to bask in your success as a coach," he said Wednesday morning. "You can enjoy it for a moment or a day, but then you've got to move onto the next thing because there are a lot of guys out there trying to nip at you and get what you've been fortunate to experience."

One of those teams nipping at Salisbury is Frostburg State, which will visit Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday at 12 p.m. for the right to be crowned as the league tournament champion and capture the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III tournament.

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The No. 19 Bobcats (16-2) went toe-to-toe with the No. 8 Sea Gulls (14-4) in their regular-season meeting on April 11 before sophomore attackman Nathan Blondino converted a pass from junior midfielder Thomas Cirillo just 49 seconds into overtime to give Salisbury an 8-7 win.

Asked if that outcome could give the Sea Gulls -– who are 7-0 against Frostburg State -– a psychological advantage, Berkman said, "We've obviously played them before, and we know what they can do and we know what they have and who their key guys are. We like where we're at four weeks later from that game. We like how much we've improved, and we're excited to be at home. We're looking forward to the opportunity on Saturday."

The Bobcats figure to be frothing at the mouth for the chance to make amends for that narrow setback to Salisbury, which is riding an eight-game winning streak. But Berkman said he expects his players to match their opponent's intensity level.

"The Sea Gulls won't have to worry about being excited on Saturday," he said. "It's our home field, it's the conference championship with a ticket to the NCAA, it's a game that we've played in 20 times in the last 20 years. We know what's at stake, and we like being at home, and we like the roll we've been on recently."

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