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Salisbury men's lacrosse taking wait-and-see approach to naming starting goalie

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No. 5 Salisbury's 14-11 upset of No. 2 Lynchburg on Wednesday produced plenty of good vibes – and one mystery.

Sophomore goalkeeper Anthony Stavrakis earned his second consecutive start, but failed to finish as he was pulled after surrendering seven goals and making zero saves in 18 minutes, 56 seconds against the Hornets (0-1).

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"He wasn't seeing the ball at all," coach Jim Berkman said Thursday. "We thought we were playing really good, but the score was 7-3 and we didn't have a save. At that point, as a coach, I don't care if it's Jim Berkman or John Doe, you've got to make a change because it can't get any worse. So you've got to give another kid an opportunity."

Sophomore Joshua Dean replaced Stavrakis and even though the Glen Burnie resident and Pallotti graduate made only three saves, he gave up just four goals to secure the victory for the Sea Gulls (2-0).

"He did a solid job," Berkman said of Dean. "He cleared the ball well. He made three saves. That doesn't sound like a lot, but by the same token, they didn't have a lot of shots. If we look in the second half, they only had 13 shots. So to get three of 13, that's not bad. They missed the cage a couple times, and that gives you an opportunity to battle back."

So which goalie will start Saturday when No. 20 Montclair State (0-0) visits Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury? Berkman isn't sure.

"I think we've got to play it out here for the next few days and see who practices better, see who saves more in practice, and then we'll make a decision on Friday afternoon about who's going to start on Saturday," he said.

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