March 5, 2009

SU Alum Dan Lader re-signs with Crystal Palace Baltimore, Tirschman update with Blast

BALTIMORE - Former Salisbury University men's soccer player Dan Lader has re-signed with Crystal Palace Baltimore of the United Soccer League second division. Lader, who played for SU from 2001-04, is a former first-team All-American and the 2004 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He also was a three-time All-CAC performer ('02, '03, '04) and as well as a three-time All-Region performer ('02, '03, '04).

The Bel Air, Md., native is a midfielder for Crystal Palace Baltimore. Lader had a strong rookie season last year as he scored the game-tying goal in the US Open Cup quarterfinals against the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer (MLS). Prior to joining Crystal Palace Baltimore, Lader played for the Virginia Legacy of the Premier Development League (PDL). Lader is one of 12 players that were recently re-signed to Crystal Palace, a team that made the semifinals of the league playoffs and the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup last season.

Lader and the rest of Crystal Palace Baltimore will begin their season with a pre-season exhibition against the New York Red Bulls of the MLS at the U.S. Naval Academy on March 12.

Another former SU men's soccer player playing professional soccer is Matt Tirschman with the Baltimore Blast of the National Indoor Soccer League. (NISL). This is the inaugural season of the NISL but Tirschman is no stranger to indoor soccer. Tirschman played for the Milwaukee Wave from 1998-2002 before retiring. With the Wave, the SU alum won two National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) championships. ('00, '01)

In 2007, Tirschman was inducted to the Salisbury University Athletics' Hall of fame. He had a stellar career winning a variety of accolades including being named the 1996 CAC Player of the Year, a three-time first-team All-CAC selection ('94,'95,'96) and two-time All-Region honoree ('95,'96). Tirschman was named an All-American in 1995.

The Blast season began last November and runs until the end of March. So far this season, Tirschman has 20 points (six goals and eight assists) appearing in all 11 Blast games this season.

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