Chad Barcikowski is a big reason why Salisbury’s men’s basketball team, fighting for first place in the Capital Athletic Conference standings, carried a five-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game against Marymount.
The senior forward carried an individual accolade into the contest as well — Barcikowski, a Liberty High School graduate, is the current CAC Player of the Week
Barcikowski led the Sea Gulls (12-5, 8-2 CAC before Wednesday’s game) to a pair of victories last week, while scoring 31 points, pulling down 15 rebounds, dishing out 12 assists, and coming up with six steals in the two games. He began the week with his second double-double of the year, going for 14 points and 11 rebounds against visiting Wesley College. He followed that up with a 17-point, five-assist performance at Penn State University Harrisburg.
Barcikowski's 16.3 points per game this season rank sixth in the CAC — he started this week by scoring 17 points in Salisbury’s 74-62 win over Marymount.
“Chad’s a huge impact,” Salisbury coach Andy Sachs recently told the Delmarva Daily Times. “He’s helping out some of the new guys, spending a lot of time in the gym, and he’s one of those guys who makes us better and gets those wins against tough opponents.
“He’s one of our leaders — he’s got to embrace it.”
The Carroll County Times Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2013, Barcikowski began his college career at York but left after his freshman season and stopped playing for a year. Barcikowski transferred to Salisbury and resumed his basketball life in 2015 — he came off the bench in 20 games for the Gulls that first season, and grew into a starter the following year.
Barcikowski’s scoring average went from 6.0 to 12.6 per game, and in his second season he etched his name into Salisbury hoops history when he sank a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat Christopher Newport on Dec. 17, 2016.
He helped the Sea Gulls reach the CAC championship game last season, and earn a berth in the Division III NCAA tournament.
Salisbury opened this season picked to finish third in the conference, led by Barcikowski and one other senior on the roster.
Barcikowski is averaging 6.7 rebounds (eighth best in the conference) and 2.1 assists, and he’s shooting 35.8 percent from 3-point range.
York College senior forward Dalton Myers (Westminster) was second in scoring in the CAC before the Spartans played at Frostburg State on Wednesday. Myers went into that road game averaging 18.6 points and 5.3 rebounds for York, which sat seventh in d3hoops.com’s latest top 25 national poll.
The Spartans fell, however, 95-85, and slipped to 16-2 (9-2 CAC).
Myers set a career high with 35 points on Dec. 30 against Washington and Lee, a 118-110 overtime victory. The Spartans dropped their first official game of the season Saturday against Mary Washington, and their school record winning streak came to an end.
York played Mount St. Mary’s in an exhibition game back in November, a 91-80 loss in which Myers had 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists.
Myers, a 2013 Westminster graduate, missed all but eight games of last season and redshirted the remainder of the year, which gave him this season of eligibility. Myers recently surpassed 1,300 career points, which put him 13th on York’s all-time scoring list.
He’s averaging 18.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.
Kellina Yarrish was recently named McDaniel College’s new field hockey coach.
Yarrish comes to McDaniel after spending the last three seasons as the head coach at Cedar Crest. Her teams improved each season she was at the helm.
Yarrish took over a Cedar Crest program that did not win a game in 2014 and improved each season, posting a 10-6 record and bringing her team to within one game of the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs. The 10 wins last fall matched the program record for wins in a season.
The 2017 CSAC Coach of the Year, she produced the conference's Rookie of the Year each of the last two seasons.
Prior to taking over the Cedar Crest program, Yarrish was an assistant at Dickinson for two seasons. While on the Red Devils staff, she was integral in helping the program to 12 wins and a Centennial Conference playoff berth in her first year.
She also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Keystone, where she was a captain and All-CSAC selection in 2008 and 2009.
Yarrish officially assumes her duties on Feb. 1.