June 1, 2009

Berkman Drafted by Bayhawks

from press releases

HOBOKEN, N.J. - Salisbury University senior midfielder Kylor Berkman was drafted by the Washington Bayhawks, a franchise of Major League Lacrosse, on Wednesday night in the fifth round of its 2009 collegiate draft. Berkman joins SU alum Justin Smith (2002-05) on the Washington Bayhawks roster.

The Salisbury, Md., native was one of three Division III student-athletes chosen in the five-round draft. The three-time National Midfielder of the Year was the 37th overall pick and one of the nine picks by the Bayhawks. Gettysburg College long-stick midfielder Tommy Kehoe was selected one pick prior to Berkman by the Chicago Machine. The third and final Division III player taken was Jake Beebe of Springfield College who went to the Boston Cannons.

Berkman closed out his senior season as one of the best players to ever to wear the maroon and gold. He is a three-time All-American first team selection and a two-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year in addition to being named to the All-CAC first team three times.

The former National Player of the Year (2008) finished first on the team in points (83), assists (41), game-winning goals (three) and man-up goals (11). The co-captain was third on the team in goals (42) and fourth on the team in ground balls (49). Berkman concludes his career in the maroon and gold with 298 points and dished out 170 assists, both marks rank second all-time in program history.

Over the years Salisbury University has produced the most MLL draft picks from a Division III school (10) and ranks among the top overall. In addition to Smith other Sea Gull alums include defenseman Jeff Bigas (2002-05) who enters his third season with the Chicago Machine and defenseman Eric Martin (2001-04) who is listed on the Denver Outlaw preseason active roster.

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