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posted 04.27.2011 at 9.06 a.m. by Jac Coyne

Morning Jac: Goalie Situation Still Settled at Salisbury

I had to ask.

The coach may not have liked it, and I may have already known the answer, but I had to ask whether there was any change in the goalie rotation at Salisbury after the masterful performance by second-stringer Tim Swinburn in the Sea Gulls' 16-14 victory over then-No. 1 Stevenson on Saturday after he replaced All-American Johnny Rodriguez.

"The kid had a good afternoon and came in at the right time," said Salisbury coach Jim Berkman. "Everybody else played well. It might have been a coincidence. Swinburn had a good day, but I'm not going to rock the boat at this point over 35 days versus three quarters."

For Berkman, the situation is clear-cut – "One is more talented, and that's why Johnny has been our goalie," he said. Regardless, having question marks in goal is not that big of a deal for Salisbury. Berkman said he went through four goalies four years ago against Stevenson and has won a national title with a third-string netminder.

Still, he had to be marginally impressed with the 12-save, three goals against performance by Swinburn that locked up a bid to the NCAA tournament, and potentially the top seed in the South, right?

"Yup, that's what back-up goalies are supposed to be," Berkman countered. "They are supposed to be ready when called upon. He was ready when called upon and got the job done."

That's a good point. But was there any concern about infringing on Rodriguez's confidence or, God forbid, hurt his feelings?

"To be honest, Jac, I didn't think twice about it," said Berkman. "We won the game. I wasn't worried about a guy's feeling if we won a game. If he was going to be hurt about winning the game, then he obviously has a lot more 'I' in him than the 'We' we've had in the past."

So there you have it. There's no goalie controversy on the Eastern Shore. We probably already knew that, but I had to ask.