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posted 03.12.2012 at 12.08 p.m. by Jac Coyne

Salisbury's Berkman Undergoes Heart Procedure

Jim Berkman, the longtime head coach at Salisbury -- the top-ranked team in Division III and the defending national champions -- has been hospitalized after suffering some heart troubles on Sunday and underwent a cardiac procedure, according to a statment from the school.

Berkman is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Washington & Lee.

Berkman had what was described in the school statement as "cardiovascular symptoms" while working out at a local gym on Sunday. He went to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., after recognizing there was a problem.

Due to what was described as a "significant family history of heart disease," a cardiac catheterization was performed, which found a blockage. A pair of stents were inserted into the artery to relieve the blockage.

"The outpouring of support from the Sea Gull Nation, which includes alumni, parents of alumni, current players and their families, as well as the larger world of lacrosse, and the larger Salisbury community has been incredible," said Berkman. "It has meant the world to my family and me."

Berkman's top-ranked team will travel to Washington & Lee University on March 14, and will be coached by the assistant coaching staff in Berkman's absence. The coach plans on returning to the sidelines when the Sea Gulls travel to their next opponent, York (Pa.) College, on March 21.