When Salisbury opened the 2013 season in defense of the national championship it had captured last May, the team limped to a 1-2 start and the thought of advancing to the
“It was definitely a distant possibility at that time,” he said Thursday after recalling a 13-12 setback to
And yet the No. 12
Getting to this stage of the NCAA tournament has been anything but easy. The team lost a pair of starters in senior midfielder Ryan Clarke (ruptured spleen) and junior defenseman Danny Sherr (foot) and a second-line midfielder in sophomore Adam Stork (broken leg) and then removed sophomore attackman Wade Korvin and a few more players for disciplinary reasons.
Opponents are averaging just 5.7 goals against Salisbury's defense, but the offense has scored just 12.6 goals per game, which is currently the lowest average in program history in at least the last 11 seasons.
The offense has been playing better as freshman Brady Dashiell and sophomore Jesse Rabishaw have cemented their status as starting attackmen, and the defense has been fortified by the emergence of three short-stick defensive midfielders in junior Tim Stone and freshmen Davis Anderson and Preston Dabbs.
Berkman conceded that returning to the national semifinals for the fourth consecutive season has not been a smooth journey.