Black Lacrosse Stories: Sam Bradman

(Photo Courtesy of Salisbury Athletics)

*This article is part of a month-long series, Black Lacrosse Stories, that highlights Black players and coaches who have made an impact on our game, but maybe lesser known to many younger players today.*

Most of the players featured in this series played college lacrosse in the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s. Bradman is by far the youngest featured, having last played a college lacrosse game in 2012. However, he is a name that everyone in the game should know.

Arguably the most well-known and hyped DIII player in the modern era, Bradman tore up the college lacrosse scene during his four season with the Salisbury Seagulls – and did so from day one. Bradman put up 41 points off 17 goals and 24 assists as a freshman while helping the Seagulls to a 16-4 record and NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.

Following that strong freshman campaign where he was a top-five scorer for the Seagulls, Bradman only increased his production and notoriety. As a sophomore in 2010, the midfielder recorded 58 goals and 28 assists for 86 points to lead the Seagulls in both points and goals, and help them to an impressive 21-2 record. Bradman and Salisbury fell in the NCAA title game to Tufts, 9-6.

His performance during that 2010 season really put Bradman in the college lacrosse spotlight as he was named the CAC Player of The Year, First Team All-American, and the USILA National Midfielder of The Year.

The final two seasons of Bradman’s time at Salisbury would end exactly the same: with the Seagulls hoisting the trophy on Memorial Day Weekend as DIII national champions.

During that first title run during the Bradman era, Salisbury went 21-1 and beat Tufts 19-7 in the title game, getting revenge after falling to the Jumbos a year earlier. Bradman led the Seagulls with 78 points off 55 goals and 23 assists. That included an eight-point (7G/1A) outing in the national championship, where he was named the most Outstanding Player.

As a senior in 2012, Bradman had his best season yet. He was named the USILA Outstanding Player of the Year and Outstanding Midfielder of the year, and was a First Team All-American. He was also given honors as the CAC Player of The Year.

Bradman put up 99 points off 71 goals and 28 assists while helping the Seagulls to a 23-0 season and a second consecutive national title. Against Cortland State in the title game, Bradman had seven points (6G/1A).

Following his impressive college career, Bradman joined the LXM Pro Tour where he continued to showcase his talents and put together highlight after highlight. He eventually played a little bit in the MLL as well as the NLL.

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