Cross Ferrara (22) led the Sea Gulls to a 13-1 victory over the US Merchant Marine Academy, scoring his 300th goal in the March 14 match. Photo courtesy of Joe Gardner.
Coach Jim Berkman, on SU's coaching staff since 1989, was named the all time winningest coach in NCAA men's lacrosse history. Photo courtesy of Hannah Reagle.
This season has been impressive for the Salisbury Men’s lacrosse team, with two members of the roster breaking significant records.
Attack Cross Ferrara surpassed the 300-career goal mark against the US Merchant Marines Academy on March 14. He is the third NCAA player to do so.
Head Coach Jim Berkman broke the NCAA record of 600 wins after a Feb. 18 game against Scranton.
"We have a tradition of excellence," Berkman said. "Hopefully because of what we've done, and the legacy of [the] program and work ethic of players, it's given us a chance to contend for a championship."
Ferrara's successful lacrosse career at SU mirrors that legacy.
"Cross is another example of the legacy, his work ethic is second to none," Berkman said. "He is as good as anyone [that's] ever been here."
As a graduate student affected by COVID-19, Ferrara returned this year to continue his run as a Gull.
"The national championship is the reason I came back, records are cool but without a championship, they mean nothing," Ferrara said. "I came to Salisbury to win it all, and came short a few times which fueled the fire. It makes you want to keep coming back to win a ring."
Coach Berkman compared Ferrara to 1996 lacrosse legend Jason Coffman, considered one of SU's greatest athletes of all time.
“Coach speaks so highly of Coffman, mentioning him before every game," Ferrara said. "Being in the same category as him is cool, he won a couple rings, maybe I can win one.”
By HAILEY DEARES
Featured images courtesy Joe Gardner and Hannah Reagle.