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Saturday's frigid forecast prompted Salisbury men's lacrosse to postpone Lynchburg game

Saturday's frigid forecast prompted Salisbury men's lacrosse to postpone Lynchburg game

Two days before No. 6 Johns Hopkins and UMBC postponed Saturday's meeting due to concerns over extreme weather, Salisbury had already moved its home opener against Lynchburg from Saturday to Wednesday.

"The forecast for Saturday is 25 degrees with 25 miles-per-hour with wind chills in the single digits," Sea Gulls coach Jim Berkman said. "You start to get into a dangerous area there. The new stadium's not open. So we don't have anywhere to go for halftime. So you're stuck outside for literally a four-hour block, and those temperatures could cause a great deal of danger. So we just tried to be proactive so that we didn't potentially put somebody in harm's way."

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The game is a highly anticipated one between Salisbury (1-0) – which is ranked No. 5 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's preseason poll – and No. 2 Lynchburg. The Hornets defeated the Sea Gulls in the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA tournament quarterfinals and advanced to the title game before getting routed by Tufts.

But Berkman said both he and Lynchburg coach Steve Koudelka arrived at the same understanding regarding postponing Saturday's contest.

"We talked on Tuesday and he felt the same way," Berkman said. "We didn't want anybody to be put in a dangerous situation. If a player gets hurt and he's sitting there getting worked on, he's not moving and getting frostbite at the same time. Another month, it wouldn't have been an issue because we would have had a stadium we could've gone into between quarters if we needed to. But the stadium's not quite ready yet. We're probably a month away."

Berkman said the unexpected time off will help several players dealing with nagging ailments.

"We've got a couple of injuries that could definitely use a few more days to heal," he said. "We're only 2½ weeks into the season. So we can definitely use more practice. They know we've got some work to do."

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